“Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand…”

They say there are strangers who threaten us
In our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves
That those who know what’s best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves

Quick to judge
Quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand…

From Witch Hunt, Rush. Part III of Fear.

Track 6 of Moving Pictures. Lyrics: Neil Elwood Peart.

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Author: Philip Moriarty

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4 thoughts on ““Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand…””

  1. Peart is a fine lyricist. “They say there is strangeness too dangerous”. This could also be parsed as “They say there is strangeness to danger us”. Intentional? Perhaps.

    Just his “style without substance, stuff without style” is cleverer than other people’s entire literary output. Note how style is positive or negative depending on what it is contrasted with. Also, the contrasts, stuff and substance, have the same literal meaning. Brilliant.

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    1. Nevertheless, I think it will be a while before another “song and dance man” gets the Nobel Prize for literature.

      In the case of Dylan, though not in all other cases, it certainly played a role that he had a big influence in his society, the “voice of a generation”. Ironically, he was never comfortable in this role. His description in Chronicles Volume I of Baez (cousin of the physicist with the same name) and others trying to get him to come out of retirement to lead the marches speaks volumes.


  2. in other news Colorado (you know the state that legalised recreational marijuana usage) voted 80% against a single payer state health insurance amendment, which I think perfectly sums up who Americans generally think, and how, this person was elected.

    I have lived in the US for some 15 years now and have seen the country slowly devolve into what we have now, it is not the same country I moved to at all and I am sad.

    Listening to the vitriol my acquaintances on social media have spouted, and, also listening to their total lack of compassion (albeit shrouded in patriotism) their selfish and greedy attitudes, looking at terms such as “social responsibility” as something they should partake in (although some of them went from supporting Bernie Sanders to supporting Trump overnight which is a contradiction in terms so great i cannot even find a way to express that method of thinking).
    Given the fact also that none of those same acquaintances can actually pass a basic civics test without getting some answers wrong (basically the citizenship test), as immigrant citizens we are held to a higher, much higher standard than those who actually voted in this election.

    Voting rights is enshrined in the constitution, along with other rights, none of which require any sort of test or qualification to pass other than being a citizen, therefore we have many who cannot read or right to any significant level, casting a vote for the future of the country most of the running of which they have not the slightest clue, nor care about.

    I think now the question is “where do we go from here” we have a republican controlled house senate and executive branch, there are supreme court justices who may be up for appointment (on top of the current vacancy) which, although meant to be impartial have leaned heavily right wing in the last couple of decades.
    Is it for the center-left to reach out and compromise with the right in order to at least get basics done, or do they stand firm and block everything ( a move I would guess ruin chances of gaining a majority in 2 years in one of the legislative branches).
    Honestly I do not think too much will change, yes, much of the country has shown exactly what it is, they can hide it behind the want for an outsider, or changes in government from the current establishment, which also goes to who their total lack of knowledge regarding the history of politics in America, I also will admit to looking on a few of my acquaintances differently.
    In the end, if it goes well we can elect him to a second term, I have no problem admitting that I was wrong if it did, however, will these same people, who are so adamant that he is the way forward for the country, and was what we needed, still be singing his praises if he does damage or worse irreparable damage to the country and its population, will they admit that they were wrong and suffer the consequences of their actions, sadly, I feel they will not and will find something or someone else to blame.
    In the words of Edward R. Murrow “Good night and good luck”


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