Liberty vs. Leviathan

Chronicling Liberty's battle against Leviathan

Rockin’ Surfers and Röpke

Several years ago I became a Switchfoot fan when I heard “This is Your Life”. Since then, one of my sons has joined the club, learning much of their music on guitar and bass and even letting the “old man” tag along with him to a concert. What I like about their music even more than their style (Remember, “its got a good beat and easy to dance to”?) is that their lyrics are introspective and searching without resorting to hopelessness. There’s often a dissatisfaction with the way things are, but along with the dissatisfaction, a view towards something higher. From what I can tell this stems from their Christian faith.

Now, I have no idea if Jon Foreman has read Röpke or not, but he might like to. “American Dream”, one of my favorites, is a rejection of the mass society and mass democracy that Röpke warned of in A Humane Economy.  And while I can’t imagine Röpke going along with this style of music, I can’t help but wonder if he would chime in with the sentiment.

I want out of this machine
It doesn’t feel like freedom

This ain’t my American dream
I want to live and die for bigger things
I’m tired of fighting for just me
This ain’t my American dream

(Complete lyrics here)


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Pickin’ Under the Knife

Good Morning America today showed the results of a three-part surgery on Eddie Adcock, seventy year old Bluegrass legend.

From the Eddie Adcock News page: “Now you can truly call Eddie Adcock the Bionic Banjo Player –and don’t forget Gearhead Guitarist– as he recovers from some remarkable brain surgeries to control a right-hand tremor.” Amazing!

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Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina…

I’ll be forever grateful to The Western Confucian for introducing me to the Carolina Chocolate DropsWatching this clip brings back fond memories of growing up in the area they’re from.  As a kid in the 60s and 70s you could still hear Bluegrass if you got the right people together at a family reunion or neighborhood get together.  I can remember seeing people play moonshine jugs and spoons, but never sticks.

The banjo was always my favorite.  Maybe this is a reason why:  From the “About” page…“The nuances of piedmont stringband music stem from the demographics of the piedmont and thereby its focus on the banjo as the lead instrument.”

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