Slaves Sing Most When They Are Most Unhappy

18 Apr

Conservative blogger and commentator Andrew Bolt posted the following video clip with the uplifting title, “Boston will not be bowed”.

No doubt he – like most of us – feels deeply inspired by this moment. Socially conditioned to, instinctively, interpret it as evidence of the courageous “American spirit” and abiding “patriotism”, shining brightly in adversity –

“Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of The Life Of Frederick Douglass (1845)


“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4 Responses to “Slaves Sing Most When They Are Most Unhappy”

  1. Ross Johnson April 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    In April 19 1775 not far from Boston was the Battle of Lexington.This was the first of many battles, in which the USA won independance from the British.They lost their independance just before Christmas in 1913 when most Congressmen gone. President Woodrow Wilson signed away the right of Congress to issue new money on behalf of the people.

    The private US Federal Reserve was born and the world has not known peace or economic stability ever since. President Wilson was later to lament that decision.

  2. Kevin Moore April 19, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    “None are more hopelessly tnslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

    The uniformed carriers of the flags caught my eye.

    The gold fringe signifies Admiralty/Military/Law Merchant jurisdiction.

    “Pursuant to U.S.C. Chapter 1, 2, and 3; Executive Order No. 10834, August 21, 1959, 24 F.R. 6865, a military flag is a flag that resembles the regular flag of the United States, except that it has a YELLOW FRINGE, bordered on three sides. The President of the United states designates this deviation from the regular flag, by executive order, and in his capacity as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the Armed forces.”

  3. Kevin Moore April 20, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Just been browsing –
    The suspect with the reverse cap in the photo is shown carrying a bag slung over one shoulder and no display of it being a heavy load is evident.
    See also:

  4. Kevin Moore April 20, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    This dissertation on State control is well worth taking the time to read —

    “…..And now, thanks to the war on terror, Obama calls America his battlefield and the world his jurisdiction. He has made it official doctrine that the president can order anyone’s death unilaterally.”

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