[Marxism] more on the Dylan thread

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 21:53:29 MDT 2016

I am really pleased that Greg took the trouble to reply and give a critique
of a number of Dylan songs.  I will follow up all the suggested titles.

There were two things that I would like to make a respectful comment on.
Firstly the hanging round as Pete Seeger's junior partner in the CPUSA. I
have to ask is that a fair characterization of the choice that was offered
Dylan? I am unconvinced, but honestly I do not know the American scene
sufficiently to judge here.

Secondly, Greg says Dylan got fed up with "the whole circus".  I have a
burning need to ask, "What circus".. the students getting battered to shit
outside the Democratic Party conference in Chicago? The students in Kent
Uni getting murdered in cold blood?  I could go on, but the point is made I
think. One could avoid circuses while still being committed to decency.
Finally I agree totally with this line from Greg's last post

I don't think Dylan ever thought for one minute that by writing and singing
songs he could help make the world a better place.

But the point is that one can make the world a better place by writing and
singing songs. Dylan just could not see that.



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