I come and stand at every door
But none can hear my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen
For I am dead for I am dead
I'm only seven though I died
In Hiroshima long ago
I'm seven now as I was then
When children die they do not grow
My hair was scorched by swirling flame
My eyes grew dim my eyes grew blind
Death came and turned my bones to dust
And that was scattered by the wind
I need no fruit I need no rice
I need no sweets nor even bread
I ask for nothing for myself
For I am dead for I am dead
All that I need is that for peace
You fight today you fight today
So that the children of this world
Can live and grow and laugh and play
Hey "Guys"- I'm in some writing classes now- here's my pitch re book "For All the Saints"- any agent or publisher interested? :
Log line A voyage to the heart of the 60's, a close up and poetic look at its movements from a resister who has spent over 30 years in and out of prison.
After 21 months in federal prison for pouring blood on draft files to protest the Vietnam War and a career in aiding prisoners, a child of the 60's offers a poetic exploration of non-violence and a life spent in revolutionary movements.
The books is about what a non-violent revolutionary learns after 21 months in prison for a war protest and 33 years of work at a big city jail; but, the book as well explores effects of strong action on a personal life- love life, life as a poet, life in politics.
Pitch: What is it like to try and overthrow the state? The tumultous 70's, 80's and 90's are brought to life in this poetic treatment, not just the "far out" 60's. After 21 months in prison for pouring blood on draft files, prison life and other similar actions are detailed. How do divorce, depression affect a life spent in service to prisoners? If events don't kill you, do they drive you insane? Becoming a person because of the movements set in motion by the 60's (civil rights, womens liberation, green, lgbt, therapy) , is a theme- poetic depth is the method.
The book is unique in the depth- philosophic and poetic!
Eberhardt has published three books of poetry.
To do one thing that equals the Poulenc Sonata
for Two Pianos- that would be enough!
the best sections in this tome are announced by a + sign-some sections worked on more than others- the best and most saleable are the movement memoirs (especially "Prison letter") and my bits on Rachmaninoff- because I know more about these subjects or have polished and edited the bit more. Some sections have been public presentations, and of course the poetry (it's what I do). All of my work needs editing- a lot! And yours does also!
To date (2013), I have worked the best of the memoirs- the peace mv't and offender aid and restoration with a bit of personal thrown in for spice down to a fairly tight 200 pages- publishers please inquire (it will b published some day)- my writings on poetry, landscapes and dreams might be a later added appendix. The chapters on the navigation bar at the top and on this site- you will be relieved to know- have been edited- the less good taken out. So this is, sort of, my dump to which I can return to retrieve the "good bits".
The site is under constant construction....ny "Magnum Opus" with my chapters on the navigation bar at the top, it is under constant construction. Please sign my guest book and send me an email as to what you think (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can watch me reading if you google david eberhardt you tube. Feel free to use any of my stuff- just let me know and credit me. Should I believe in copyright?
Hey guys and gals: I thought of the following grand beginning for my only novel: “It was a secret society- one that did not talk about death or sex and other basic matters…it was a world where business affairs were not transparent, so as to hide injustices. IT WAS THE WORLD OF ADULTS!
It was a disguised and pathetic world- shielded by ad men and hucksters of every conceivable hue- filled with people cowering behind their desks or over their jackhammers.
I put my sh t on the internet- no one even knows what it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In 1962, I had received a diploma and walked out across Tappan Square at Oberlin College into a world NOT shot through with radiance, as a poet might say (a poet like Gerald Manley Hopkins) , BUT, yes, with occasional glimmers of other worlds and other ways of doing things. We would have to try to remake it.
2 learnings from Lutte Ouvriere leader, Nathalie Arthaud- a reporter asks her why run candidates (in the French elections) when so little vote with you?
"To have a platform- we know we’re not going to win- the struggle and educating others to it is the most important thing"- la lutte! 2 why, if Lutte Ouvriere has such a good message, do not people flock to it in droves? They are tricked into thinking they must join confederations and elect a socialist. They are struggling to survive, let alone to overthow capitalism- when the time comes- we want them to be ready- and such times have come in the past and will again!." also- quote by Marx about we do not choose the time of change. Let me get it for you. I think it was- we cannot change history- but we can prepare for the changes- something like that. (In other words- build a movement!)
Jim Forest of the Milwaukee 14, old friend and author of books and expert on Dorothy Day writes me: “I don’t think one can fail to count those in the town house as bomb casualties. Three people dead as dead can be. It’s lucky no others were killed or harmed. Bombs have a nasty way of exploding at times and places not intended…. there’s also the fear that bombs arouse among those who hear of explosions even though they were time zones away/ I think Merton was right in saying, “The root of war is fear.” Peace work, according to me, means helping free people from their fear, not making them more fearful. I doubt the weather people bombings changed the US even in the smallest way for the better or shortened any war by 30 seconds. If anything, the opposite.
We all contain contradictions and inconsistencies…everyone struggles with violent temptations and fantasies—but imagine how different the consequences would have been if you and Phil and your two friends had bombed the Baltimore draft board instead of pouring blood?
J. Edgar Hoover would have loved it; you would certainly have had a fan in him. When you start speaking the language of bombs you are speaking the language of fear. War thrives on fear. The thing about non-violent action at its best, is that it makes people less fearful. It opens a third way between passivity and violence.
The Weather Underground got into bombs and achieved no good for anyone- killing a few ordinary people plus killing a few of themselves. No one will remember them with gratitude. I’ll stay on the Dorothy Day side of the street.”
Jim is also eloquent on the Plowshares actions and their relation to tactics of non violence: in Rosemarie Riegle’s book he is described as a Plowshares critic, but he writes me: “I think I am not so mcu a ‘major critic’ of Plowshares actions, as Rosalie describes me in her book Doing Time for Peace, as someone who raised questions about them. To wit:
“One of the essential elements to property destruction is secrecy…my guess is that even in circumstances where the only way to save life and struggle against evil powers is to live and operate in secrecy, everyone pays a price….considerable interpersonal damage may be the consequenced of misdirected suspicion. This ought to make us very careful…”
(de) Of course, to me, this should not prevent us from saving lives, a la Anne Frank or bombing rail lines to Auschwitz or overthrowing oppressive state capitalism!
Again, “Another problem that increasingly bothered me was the way people were guilt tripped into taking part in actions” (de) George Mische shared the same concern. “It struck me that this form of civil disobedience came to involve a lot of manipulation…we had people who tended to talk about actions in which there was a likelihood of long prison sentences as being “serious”. Individual consceience was being pushed to the sideline. The shaping of one’s conscience is about as hard a piece of work as I can think of. It’s the search for one’s real identity…
Would Dorothy Day approve of Christ overturning the money changers’ tables? The lamb of God breathed fire, but…Jesus neither disarmed the Romans or his own disciples. “ He did not attack their armories.
No action is beyond criticism
and a lot of good comes from actions that are far from perfect.”
Let's lighten up a tad; my problem is, I can't remember jokes but most people enjoy humor so- here's a few of my favorites for you- they reflect my personality: on my resume: "worked quite a bit at the unemployment office", or "How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?" I thought this might go over well in France (Combien de surrealistes faut il de changer une ampule?) Problem is- they heard me saying how much of the sujrrealist movement- something like that- it was a translation problem.
A grasshopper goes into a bar; the bartenders tells him, "we've got a drink named after you." "Funny", says the grasshopper, "why would you name a drink Harold?
A father asked his 10 year old son if he knew about the birds and the bees? "I don't want to know", said the boy, bursting into tears. "Promise you won't tell me." Confused, the father asked what was wrong. The boy said: "when I was 6, I got the "there is no Easter bunny speech; At 7 you said the tooth fairy isn't real, at 8, no such thing as Santa Claus.
If you're going to tell me adults don't get laid, there's nothing left to live for!"
my favorite of all (a bit dry): I know that you believe you understand what you think I said? But I am not sujre you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. This could be put in the form of a poem- with Wm. Carlos Williams line lengths.
Bio: David Eberhardt was born in March, 1941. As a peace protester, he was incarcerated at Lewisburg Federal Prison for pouring blood on draft files in 1967 with Father Phil Berrigan and two others to protest the Vietnam war. He retireed from work in the criminal IN justice syetem in 2010 after 33 years of work at the Baltimore City Jail (see Chapter "Offender Aid and Restoration".) Two books of my poetry are available: The Tree Calendar (Dolphin Moon Press, 1987) and Blue Running Lights (Abecedarian Press, 2007).
If this sounds like it was written by Wikipedia or by Herodotus or some other authoritative historian? It's written by me- Dave- yes, me! The egotism of writing, of publishing- never underestimate it- is an untold story. There may be 3 or 4 poets who make their living by poetry in the U.S. at this mopment (2012)- Phil Levine, the poet laureate, Billy Collins. W S Merwin and Coleman Barks (who channels the beloved Rumi). Most poets have a day job- like teaching. You can watch the Imax movie on the Hubble telescope entitle "Hubble"- about the Hubble Space Telescope? You will realize that we, each one of us, are infinitesmaly (sp?) insignificant. Our mewling thoughts? Einstein? Jesus? Yes, they have meaning for our species, but in the long view of things (is that "sub specie aeternitatis" (sp) ?) we are exceedingly, very, very, teensy!
Eric Basso, (a magnificent neighbor poet) wrote me on 9/21/09, to say "Dave, I went to your web site. You were one of the Catonsviklle Nine? You saved some one I knew in college from getting his final orders. He'd been drafted, packed his bags and was ready to go, convinced he would die. The blood destroyed his records."
But Eric, I was one
of the Baltimore Four. The nine burned records and may well have
saved lives...what a wonderful thought! I don't think we four did,
for the blood did not disfigure the records to the point where you
couldn't read them, and besides, I was the only one who, as a draft
counselor, knew which records (I A Qualified for Induction) should
be poured upon!
photo of slain civil
This site is dedicated to the memory of James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Henry Schwerner, young civil rights workers were arrested by a deputy sheriff and then released into the hands of Klansmen who had plotted their murders. They were shot (June, 1964) and their bodies were buried in an earthen dam. I was teaching at the Boys Latin School at the time and this event changed my life- I saw the risks fellow members of my generation were taking- I wanted to join them, I wanted some "action". Similarly, the risks Vietnamese were taking under napalm and cluster bombs motivated me to pour blood in 1967.
Tropea's documentary- "Hit and Stay" about the anti draft actions
(see further discussion in my chapter entitled "Actor's Gang and
C-9 Trial"- can give clarity on our movement and and open a
descussion on what to do now. Given my penchant for guerilla
theatre, I gravitagte towards Code Pink type demonstrations- like
the one at Quantico for Bradley Manning (also discussed later). Re
my participation in the blood pouring, I was not reckless- I was
cautious. Compared to soldiers in Vietnam in the NVA or fragging
our own officers, or compared to the women and men of SNCC during
Freedom Summer and the Freedom Riders, our action was modest
enough. We never faced the notorious lynching tree of Baker County
nor felt the adrenalin fear of w100+ mile per hour car chases
through the delta night. We had the priviledge of living in a
movement- as one vet of the movement put it in a panel discussion
of the book Hands on the Freedom Plow: we had joined a
family- we had song:
One hand can't tear a prison down,
two hands can't tear a prison down,
but 2 + 2 + 50 make a million,
we'll see that day come roun'
- and my favorite:
Ain't gonna let nobody
turn me roun',
turn me roun',
turn me roun',
Ain't gonna let nobody
turn me roun'...Keep on a walkin'
Keep on a walkin'
Walkin' down top Freedom Land!
Problem is- in this right of center country- a corporate oligarchy- NOT a democracy- ever notive how the most articulate heroes are shot?! either by fundamentalist a holes- as with M L King and Malcolm X- or they are imprisoned- as with Phil Berrigan- by the state! O they'll try to scare you all right.
How the rock group "Thunderclap Newman" said it so wonderfully "because the revolution's here, and you know that it's right, and you know that it's right- followed by one of the greatest piano riffs in all of rock and roll. At the time the idea of revoluition seemed sort of a comic book idea- possibly a "rebolution"?- but some in my generation, like the Weatherpeople thought it actually possible. True revolutions have been mass movements- we need one now- preferably non-violent. At or near the time of our blood pouring, there occurred very (tiny) revolutionary outbursts in Italy, Germany and the UK.
I have a visceral disgust for violence- like the Puritans had for sex. Violence in self defense is one thing- but organised, state violence, by armies? the death penalty? ordered by a so called leader? boys "wilding" in Central Park (remember how angry it made you? and yet one of those convicted boys (defended by the same lawyer we had- Wm Kunstler was later found innocent)) (and no difference much between thos murderers and the national guard at Kent State), men volunteering for violence for money? recruiters? Their tables should be overturned as did Christ the money changers in the temple! I am watching the documentary on the terrorist carlos- not sure that violence really accomplishes anything- but it mite have ...when i killed the guy who was attacking grand ma?..w my lite sword?
"Subverting and questioning- the artist's mission." Well, some artists. Most poets are as placid as the population. If any one can help me reconcile Marxist revolutionary thought with Christian pacifism, contact me immediately. Otherwise, I will continue to be a philosophically "schizophrenic". Howard Zinn comes the closest to bridging the gap between the two philosophies- he sees that non-violent evolution is far more likely to succeed than the old, violent, seize power revolutions of the past- in that those that live by the sword tend to die by the sword and the revolutions eat their young. Of course there is romance to the Baader Meinhof type of resistance...where did it get them...some one pointed out that where our Weathermen ran up to the edge of the abyss and looked over, the Baader Meinhofs jumped in.
I feel that I can like Che and his aims and at the same time
b a total pacifist- you can call it wriggling- BUT- i juggle 2 balls in my head
(and between my legs (lol)- 1 of Christian pacifism- the other of Marxist
I cannot reconcile them- altho I am getting closer. (Howard Zinn has been helpful).
I am like Walt Whitman- i contain contradictions.
On one day I am a Jain who looks down as I walk so that I will not step on a bug- I strain my soup to make sure I have not eaten one!
On another day- I support Thoreau's comment re John Brown- to the effect that he is not about to lecture Brown on what is the best way to free the slaves- could b violent- who am i to say! dave type quote in- it's amazing!
I will not b a rigid pacifist- too many shades of grey.
I support both the White Rose and the men who tried to blow Hitler up!!
re: wonderful dvd/vido "Auschwitz by KCET and BBC: must ask Prof Bukiet- one of yr "experts" and
Linda Ellerbee- where is he/she coming from having watched the
film on Auschwitz by KCET and
BBC with commentary by meself.
Mr. B says we learn nothing from Auschwitz? Is he a right winger? How about resistance Mr. B and Linda E???- is that something one learns from Aushwitz?
How about bombing rail lines? How abt Polish and Jewish partisans- Mr. B- take a listen to "A Survivor from Warsaw" by Arnold Schoenberg!!
I thank the program for the following.
I was born in 1941. Of the 7,000 nazis and others employed at Auschwitz, only some 800 were ever tried for their war crimes.
1 million, 300 thousand were sent to Auschwitz. (abrev Aus)- 1 million, 100 thousand died there: hundreds of Jehovah's witnesses, homosexuals and other minorities; 15, 000 soviet pows; 21,000 gypsies; 70,000 polish political prisoners; 1 million Jews- 200, 000 of which were children.
From a survivor: "In this photograph, I recognize my Aunt- her name was Yolan Waldstein and her 4 children: Doree, 10, Irving, 8, Judith, 2 and the baby Naomi- 2.
It's such an incredible, shattering feeling to recognize somebody you love- to see the way they looked minutes before they entered the crematorium."
Reasons given for the murders?: Jews a buzz word- Germans need find a scapegoat for WW 1 and their other troubles; Jews live in cities- some own dept. stores; if they are gone, we can take their stuff; many of the nazis interviewed state that they believed what they did was right (whereas Japanese gave following I had to follow orders as a reason for murder, and Russians gave the rationale of- "an enemy of the people").
Many of the nazis interviewed ask- how about the bombings of Dresden or Hiroshima- as if this were comparable to Auschwitz; but these indiscriminate bombings were to end a war.
as to the few survivors? Human beings can get used to anything..
to prevent genocidal governments?- from me- de- join a left revolutionary group- other ideas?: honor human life! (but not fundamentalist banning all abortions style) train/educate in religious and human rights morality? Create a force capable of interfering with force?
One can make a difference- imagine how much 9 could make (e.g. Catonsville 9?)
Ruwanda, Somalia, Darfur, Serbia, Cambodia- these geocides happened after Aus- many others happened before
as to the even fewer resistors? (note uprising at Sobibor)-
....resisters are NOT the norm! A Martin L King, a Phil Berrigan? These are not the norm.
Let me pose a couple of questions before I make a closing statement: does the U S have a culture of human rights as did Denmark? a country that tried to protect its Jewish population?
After the liberation of the camp, could you strangle a German you knew to be responsible for the killing of your family? Are you a pacifist in the light of this?
Are you an activist? Do you see any similarities between Nazis and the american right wing- even republicans? their "southern strategy" which relies upon racism? any similarities to democrats authorizing drone strikes?
In closing- he points to several in the audience- isn't it possible that you would go to the camp willingly? You?!?! Wouldn't be better if you died as a partisan in the forest? or sacrificed yrself before the world media as did Rachel Corrie (bull dozed by Israeli caterpillar bull dozers trying to protest the destruction of Palestinian homes) ?
I do not thank the program for drawing no obvious conclusions- re getting up off one's ass and doing something?
I think we were right in the 60's not to trust any one over 30. I look around now (at age of 70) and see very few trustworthy adults. Most- especially the men- are cynical burn outs. The Phil Berrignas and Howard Zinns or Amy Goodmans or Martin L Kings- they don't come along often enough. To become a protestor takes the finest of educations- like mine at Mt. Hermon prep and Oberlin College. It takes plenty of finely honed anger (I spent 14 hours in the birth canal and came out mad!). I remember that President Nixon who had committed more felonies than had I- got a pardon from gerald ford as I was going to prison- o- i don't forget it- sometimes I feel like I'd like a bit o revenge?!?
I had achieved a 1-A-O Conscientious Objector (medic) status in my 20's before the blood pouring. Dept. of Defense regs state that to become a CO in the army, one must object to all wars, one cannot pick and choose. That was me at the time, thus, the heroes of the Iraq war are soldiers like Kevin Benderman, Carmelo Meija, Joshua Casteel and Aiudan Delgado- all C O's. One of them says in the glorious movie, "Soldiers of Conscience": "The government recognizes that the spiritual contract trumps the legal. One must be first true to oneself NOT the government." Another says, "You can ask me how long it's going to take until we have enough conscientious objectors to stop the war, and I say- you gotta start somewhere." The Continental Congress recognized Conscientious Objection in 1775- but as Meija's commanding officer says: "you are not paid to have opinions in the military." And I would reply: "What part of Jesus don't you understand?"
On other days, I waver...am I still that C.O. I was in the 70's? Surely we must come to the defense of the innocent! What would the good samaritan have done had he happened by a bit earlier and witnessed the victim being beaten?!?! If it had been Jesus? he would have sought out the peacefullest solution! We have to create the conditions under which war is not an option!
Phil Berrigan said it well at the Catonsville 9 trial: "From those in power we have met little understanding, much silence, much scorn, much punishment. We have been accused of arrogance. But what of the fantastic arrogance of our leaders? What of their crimes against the people, the poor and the powerless? Still no court will try them, no jail will receive them. They live in righteousness. They will die in honor. For them we have one message, for those in whose manicured hands the power of the land lies, we say to them- Lead us, Lead us in justiced and there will be no need to break the law. Let the president do what his predecessors failed to do. Let him obey the rich less and the people more. Less of America and more of the world. Let lawmakers, judges and lawyers think less of the law and more of justice; less of legal ritual, more of human rights. To our bishopos and supeririors we say- L:earn something about the gospel and something about illegitimate power. When you do, you will liquidate your investments. Take a house in the slums, or even join us in jail"...from an article- "Count it all joy"- Frida Berrigan.
Review blurb by Dan Cuddy: (dave's cousin- well, not really):
"David Eberhardt who
is a kind of Eliot Coleman (minor Baltimore poet- Johns Hopkins
Writing Seminars)- a free ranging but classically trained poet and
a political activist- he has poems and is first and foremost a
poet- also essays, such as "the Baltimore poetry sc ene- 1964-2007)
and essays such as Homage to Rachmaninoff-some of his poems leap
into lyricism, others are rather visceral -the roughage (as in
breakfast cereal? note by de) always has Eberhardt's personal
stamp- prpovides the unexpected. Is Eberhardt Baltimore's
contemporary John the Baptist? (the blabtist?- de). The zeal, the
vision are similar, though this 21st century prophet has a sense of
humor. Eberhardt is a unique voice."
"Dave Eberhardt-bless his big toes."- Robert Bly. Actually R B's advice to me many years ago? I hope I have taken to heart: "The trouble is lack of concentration. Your desire- energy, is being washed away in minor skirmishes with the world. The intellignce in the poems, as a result, scatters among too many objects and none of them come alive. A word or a phrase in a poem can only live through yhour energy. To get it into the world, the energy has to be withdrawn from the world. It's a hard choice."
and Jack Gilbert wrote me re the "Tree Calendar" : " I am dazzled by the rush, and impressed by the gorgeous welter of things I half-recognize as the rush past too fast. It's the question of the unnatural speed that I find myself thinking about that as much as your brilliance. I am reminded of KOYAANISQATSU and my misgivings because so much of the effectiveness depended on film,ing at the wrong speed- both abnormally fast and slow. It is dangerously easy to impress at the wrong speed, both falsely slow and the extraordinary fast that creates an illusion of vitality simply by exposure speed. As has been said so often, it's much simpler to play well when the pianist plays too fast. You can miss as many notes as you want. Who's going to notice--especially if the hands come up very high off the keys. It's also said that what's hard is playing very slowly (listen to Glenn Gould's "Siegfried Idyll"- note by de). But they seldom point out that playing very slow can itself produce an illusion of monumentality justbecause the passage is played too slow. Just as Glass gets credit for more than he should by doing very little in his music. Or as Ashbery has people reading depth into his poetry when there is such absence--no matter how much he keeps saying he doesn't mean all those clever things that people attribute to his poems. I was saddened two years ago when I heard him read some poems that were not obscure when he was at Iowa (de- not sure what this means). Anyhow, what I found myself doing as I kept rereading the poems was trying to judge how much there is on the other bank of your virtuosity. It's why I was interested by the rather straightforward "The Coast Dreamers" failure to satisfy me. But also why I was reassured by the reasonably normal "Prison Letter. It's a pleasure to have the poems. Cordially"
To which I can only say "touche", or "devestating! Glad he liked em. My favorite living (has alzheimers at this date in 2012) poet and now has died (I have a good collection of his material- not just the letters). . Total integrity! When Jack says "virutosity", it shows he appreciates my sense of music and word choice, the fact that I can sing, and am not just doing prose (distinction Ferlinghetti makes in Poetry as Insurgent Art). Did I follow these great poets' advice? Not hardly- just went crashing forward, ripping and running, hardly even reading what they had sent me until 2012- now is it too late? Impatience has been my biggest shortcoming.
But, I have matured: my favorite review comes from Dino Pantazonis- a friend naturally: "A superior compendium of poetic expression- and, it's pithy. / More poetry than you can shake a stick at./Feel-good poetry of this or any other year./ Mr Eberhardt can rhyme if he wants to- he is more than capable./The perfect fare for cerebral mastication./Stays crispy-even in milk./It is very good!"
"Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation and sustained concentration in the presencew of an enigmatic thing."- Philip Roth. Formalism seems to have taken over poetry in the last 50 years- last great poetry? beat and confessional- Ginsberg, Lowell, Sexton- most modern poetry seems academic and febrile- New Yorker magazine stuff- can't understand it- people writing today- o every other person is a writer- but Bly, Collins, Barks, Snyder, Rich
"I think we might be cousins" - Richard Eberhart
"I am savoring, little gem by gem" - Dan Berrigan
"lovely book, dipping into w great pleasure" - Noam Chomsky
re "Tree Calendar" "poems begin winningly" but
the follow throughs tend to be redundant, overstated, overdone,
inviting the author to please stop"
"I also wish I could stop" - dave eberhardt
"I'm sorry to have to answer you w this form letter "good poems" – Pete Seeger
Dugan, Snodgrass, Di prima, Merwin, Wilbur- available upon request.
"Pooh", said Piglet: "What's the first thing you say to yourself when you wake? What's for breakfast," said Pooh- "what do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today," said Piglet. Pooh nodded thought fully. "It's the same thing".- AA Milne from House at Pooh Corner
all Bread and Puppet photos by me- Dave E- If you want to visit one of the world's greatest living artists-an artist that embodies all the brilliance of cllective/collaborative art- go visit Mr. Peter Schumann and his wife and the Bread and Puppet Theatre Museum in Glover, Vermont. They may not have achieved the prominence of a David Mamet or a Martin Scorcese- ask yourself why? too political?
On 3/8/12- radio "personality" Dan Rodricks introduced fellow liberal Chris Matthews at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of their speakers series. There were approx. 700 persons in the main lobby and it was great to be among so many liberals. Matthews hosts the popular MSNBC talk show "Hardball"- and was discussing his book on J F K- a hero of his.
Problem is- and I like Chris-(besides troglodytes on the right- eg WBAL am radio? or WCBM am? ) he and Dan seem pretty good- just that the liberals only go so far. Whether they have not studied the issues enough or they willfully refuse to go deeper- on the issues of war, guns, a Fukishima, etc. etc.- they don't get to the underlying problems.
Here's an example of an underlying problem: the monster that has two heads- liberalism and conservatism? is capitalism.
In the 60's, Chris went into the peace corps- started by Kennedy- and some of us went into the civil rights and then peace movements. We saw the deeper issues. But all that we fought for is left to languish through the 90's and now. I was tempted to call Matthews' commitment to the Peace Corps "idealism lite", then I remembered that I had dropped out of the Peace Corps in 1962 as I was preparing to go to Ethiopia at Georgetown- how great was my idealism? my courage? when I had been scared to make the leap into the organization- chosing instead to go live w my parents and write poetry for a coup;le of years before becoming involved in Baltimore CORE and the civil rights movement? I had even contemplated suicide and jumping off the M St. bridge!
No denying his heroism in W W 2, Kennedy had to be dragged into support of the civil rights movement- but, as Matthews says- we all have flaws. Under it all he feels this is a "great country" and supports the "system".
As those who would destroy it- like the natural gas industry with its "fracking" advertise on his program of "Hardball"- see what I mean?
The liberals remain silent on the deeper issues- they are scared to take one step further, They censor themselves very effectively and do not confront or speak truth to power.
When the right wing comes for the radicals- the liberals remain silent.