This software kills fascists!

So I was watching the “We Are One” concert on the Lincoln Memorial. Fantastic. Great performances. I just loved the ending with Bruce, Pete Seeger, and son singing the old Woody Guthrie tune, “This Land Is Your Land”.

“This Land Is Your Land”- What a great song! It’s such and American song. I went over to Wikipedia and did a little research on Woody.

Two things struck me.

The first thing was on his guitar he had a written the slogan “This Machine KILLS fascists!”

Woody wasn’t just writing songs for writing songs sake, he had an agenda. He had a goal. Beautiful! (Pete Seeger inspired by Woody wrote on his banjo, ‘This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender'”

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The second was a quote from Woody about songwriting…

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing.

Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard traveling.

I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built.

I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.”
—Guthrie on songwriting

If you substituted the word “song” with “software” then you’ll have an idea of what we are trying to accomplish.

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3 Responses to “This software kills fascists!”


  1. 1 Keith January 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Your last substitution idea reminds me of a rant by jwz. “But how will this software help someone get laid?” That is the measuring stick, my friends.

    http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html

  2. 2 Greg Robertson January 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Note to self…call IAC and find out if Match.com has a free API for Dwellicious Cool Tools….

    : )

  3. 3 Mark S January 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I have seen Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine guitarist and a half Kenyan Harvard grad from Illinois, but not the one in the White House) several times, I even had the pleasure of meeting him in Boulder last year. Every time I have seen him he has played this same song with the censored lyrics reinserted, and talked about Woody Guthrie:

    http://www.truthout.org/011909R

    Tom has a new solo act called The Nightwatchman, it is fantastic.

    Greg – With your bent towards social activism you will appreciate this song and video:

    Check it out!

    You might also like “Maximum Firepower” which has these lyrics:

    Well I’m the triggerman, baby
    And tonight I’ll prove
    That this machine here
    Well it kills fascists too

    (Tom like Woody likes slogans on his guitars, one says Whatever It Takes and the other says Arm The Homeless)

    Woody’s song is one of my favorites, thanks for your post! I didn’t realize until reading this they played it at the inauguration.


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