End-Times for Liberal Democracy?

“After years of simmering disenchantment with status quo politics, “2016 was a watershed” for populist parties and movements, says Yascha Mounk, a political theorist at Harvard University. Major democracies have seen movements that challenge democratic norms and institutions score victories at the ballot box amid rising economic anxieties and mass migration. Meanwhile, leaders in Hungary and Russia have modeled an alternative to the liberal democratic order that has predominated since the end of the Cold War, says Mounk, who holds fellowships at the German Marshall Fund and New America Foundation. The trend toward populist politics “is seemingly still accelerating,” he says, as the coming year is set to bring at least three elections in Europe.”

http://www.cfr.org/global/end-times-liberal-democracy/p38618

(May 27, 2017): George Harrison – Plug Me In

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From the 1970 album, All Things Must Pass. Harrison’s first solo effort after the break up of the Beatles in April 1970 resulted in a triple album of material. This tune is from the third disc, “Apple Jam”, a collection of informal sessions captured during outing. Players on the LP include Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, […]

via (May 27, 2017): George Harrison – Plug Me In — Once Was A Note

(March 5, 2017): Van Morrison – The Great Deception

Once Was A Note

From the 1973 album, Hard Nose To The Highway.  A lot has been written about this LP and the prolific output of the session from which it came.  All I want to say today is that it is time for a 2017 update Van:

Have you ever heard about the 45th President?

The one elected by hackers and Russian spies.

You can’t escape his stupid non-sense,

and has constant stream of fake news lies.

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(March 2, 2017): The Marshall Tucker Band – Never Trust a Stranger | Once Was A Note

From the 1977 album, Carolina Dreams. This tune comes with a film that was made for a 1978 High School film for a senior English class run by Mr. Charles Eisele at St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, MO. It was imagined and directed by Rick Capelli, a friend since 1974. It stars other life-long friends Tom Curtis, Tom Oberkirsch, and me (as well as a fella named Wayne Burgdorff, who was a friend of someone). It won best film prize of that year, but I always thought that envelopes were mixed up, and friend Pete Ressell’s claymation film, done to ELP’s “Bennie the Bouncer” should have won. Can you put the names with the faces? Enjoy.

https://oncewasanote.com/2017/03/02/march-2-2017-the-marshall-tucker-band-never-trust-a-stranger/

(January 25, 2017): Art Pepper – Bernie’s Tune — Once Was A Note

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From the 1959 album, Art Pepper + Eleven. This album is a collection of classic covers. Pepper was a West Coaster who cut his teeth playing with Benny Carter’s band. Bernie’s Tune was written in 1953 by Bernie Miller (with lyrics later added by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller). It was popularized by Gerry Mulligan […]

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Trump: From Fake News to “Alternative Facts”

Even if you ignored everything else about Trump, how is it possible for a country to tolerate a President that lives in a world of pretend — because he has the wealth to do so, coupled with that giant ego — and makes things up as a recipe for running the country. A rhetorical question is one thing. To see it play out in reality on something so insignificant is laughable. To imagine it play out with something that involves lives or livelihoods, hurts.

See the following exchange on Meet the Press reported in the link above:

It’s a discussion about White House press secretary Sean Spicer, on his first full day in that job, having taken to the podium and made easily disproved claims about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd.

“Why put him out there for the very first time, in front of that podium, to utter a provable falsehood?” Chuck Todd asked Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. “It’s a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it’s a falsehood?”

After some tense back and forth, Conway offered this:

Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is —

At this point, a visibly exasperated Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered . . . were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they’re falsehoods.”