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Magda Hassan
12-05-2013, 09:45 AM
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Peter Lemkin
12-05-2013, 10:01 AM
Most don't know that Valclav Havel, the then President of the Czech Republic [and former political dissident during Communism there] had asked Frank Zappa if he would consider being the Minister of Culture in the CZE. I don't know why, but Zappa declined. However, Havel and Zappa had been and remained good friends. In Prague there are many photos of Zappa posing with various persons when he came to discuss this with Havel. [One former Havel aide, who shall remain nameless, turned up at a meeting I called when I was inviting my friend Terrance McKenna to Prague to give a two week seminar on hallucinogens and the psychedelic experience, et al.] ::blink::

Magda Hassan
12-05-2013, 10:26 AM
He came in through the doors of perception. I met Terrance when he was here. Beautiful man. Great stories and histories. Another mutual friend loaned him his passport to help the wheels keep turning and the tour go on. On a long ago previous occassion in the US that is.

I did know that. Thought he'd make a great Minister for Culture. He could have had his own diplomatic pouch and all. Don't know why he didn't jump at it.

Tracy Riddle
12-06-2013, 03:07 PM
Zappa seemed to be a left-leaning Libertarian. From Wikipedia:

Describing his political views, Frank Zappa categorized himself as a "practical conservative",[197] or "independent". He favored limited government and low taxes; he also stated that he approved of national defense, social security, and other federal programs, but only if recipients of such programs are willing and able to pay for them.[197] He favored capitalism, entrepreneurship, and independent business, stating that musicians could make more from owning their own businesses than from collecting royalties.[198] He opposed communism, stating, "A system that doesn't allow ownership [...] has—to put it mildly—a fatal design flaw."[197]

Magda Hassan
12-06-2013, 09:50 PM
Zappa seemed to be a left-leaning Libertarian. From Wikipedia:

Describing his political views, Frank Zappa categorized himself as a "practical conservative",[197] or "independent". He favored limited government and low taxes; he also stated that he approved of national defense, social security, and other federal programs, but only if recipients of such programs are willing and able to pay for them.[197] He favored capitalism, entrepreneurship, and independent business, stating that musicians could make more from owning their own businesses than from collecting royalties.[198] He opposed communism, stating, "A system that doesn't allow ownership [...] has—to put it mildly—a fatal design flaw."[197]
Not that left leaning by the looks of it.

Tracy Riddle
12-07-2013, 01:29 AM
Based on his attacks on Reagan, the Religious Right, censorship of music, and many other issues, I put him leaning to the left.

Magda Hassan
12-07-2013, 02:29 AM
Based on his attacks on Reagan, the Religious Right, censorship of music, and many other issues, I put him leaning to the left.
I'd put that as liberalism (if not just plain sanity) of the John Stuart Mills type. But I take your point too.