Saturday, June 22, 2019

Neil Young: Rockin’ in the Free World (2009)

Music of Freedom

Neil Young [born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1945] performs “Rockin’ in the Free World” at Glastonbury Festival [June 24-29], in Pilton, Somerset, England, on June 26, 2009. The song is found on both the first and last tracks of Young’s album, Freedom, released on Oct 2, 1989, which was during the first year of the presidency of George H.W. Bush.
ViaYoutube &BBC

Tyrants, totalitarians and all freedom haters of various stripes hate and detest this kind of music. Only in a free society is such music welcome and enjoyed. The number of free societies in the world has been shrinking since 2005, after a positive period between 1988 and 2005. We see, for example, what is currently taking place in Hong Kong [population 7.4 million persons], but this is not surprising.

The protesters, who came out in large numbers, are right to demonstrate and give voice and support to the idea that they will not accept any further erosion of their freedoms. It will be interesting to see what happens, if there will eventually be a victory for freedom for the citizens of Hong Kong. China, its overlord (since 1997), hates dissent, hates individual thought, hates liberal democracy and most of all, hates freedom in any and all forms.

It, the communist regime, has increased its repressive measures, notably since  2012, when Party Chairman Xi Jinping assumed office—even as it has embraced some form of economic capitalism in the last 30 years. Some say that such an economic system—capitalism—will lead to more freedoms. So far this has not been the case. Although it has monetarily enriched party officials.

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