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    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    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.]
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    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.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    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]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Riddle View Post
    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.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Based on his attacks on Reagan, the Religious Right, censorship of music, and many other issues, I put him leaning to the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Riddle View Post
    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.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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