This Land Is Whose Land?

At President Obama’s inauguration, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger thumped out this splendid tune, a rendition of Woodie Guthrie’s classic This Land Is Your Land. The most delightful verse appears at around 2:25 –

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

As one commentator has noted, this isn’t the version of the song that gets sung at the Democratic National Convention, preferred as a less chauvinist substitute for Irving Berlin’s God Bless America.

The Democratic Party doesn’t like to mess around with the fundamentals of private property – land in particular – and its obfuscating habits are being propagated internationally by the current administration, at an immense human cost. … read more »

At President Obama’s inauguration, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger thumped out this splendid tune, a rendition of Woodie Guthrie’s classic This Land Is Your Land. The most delightful verse appears at around 2:25 –

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“It wasn’t easy, but nothing is…”

Normal service will soon resume here at Stuffed and Starved. After six months of intensive writing, I’ve just handed in the manuscript for my next book, which’ll hit book stores later this year, entitled “The Value of Nothing”. I’ll be sharing a little more about that in the future, so watch this space.

I need a little break from the keyboard right now, but when I get back later this week, you can not only expect to hear more about what I’ve been up to, but stories on how free trade makes you fat, why organic food is healthy, and how to stop hunger in Africa.

But, for now, in an exhausted and happy mood, here’s the tune that’s rattling around in my head: Blur’s Song #2.

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Normal service will soon resume here at Stuffed and Starved. After six months of intensive writing, I’ve just handed in the manuscript for my next book, which’ll hit book stores later this year, entitled “The Value of Nothing”. I’ll be sharing a little more about that in the future, so watch this space.

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