His latest piece, “Two American Families” for Frontline. “The fundamental conclusion I’ve reached after 79 years and a lot of work Is that life is a lottery. I don’t buy this argument that people are self-made; our opportunities are presented to us – how we resolve them, how we exploit them, how we respond to them are the result of education and circumstance. and reading, and DNA. It seems to me that a just society takes that into consideration says that for people who didn’t win the lottery, they should not be cast off on a desert island and resigned to hell. BECAUSE LIFE IS A LOTTERY AND WE DON’T CHOOSE OUR SUCCESS AND OUR FAILURE, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO EACH OTHER AS MEMBERS OF THE SAME SPECIES TO TRY TO CREATE A SOCIETY WHERE LOTTERY IS A DETERMINANT BUT IS NOT DECISIVE IN THE QUALITY OF THAT LIFE. I have discovered I have not met a poor parent who does not want for his or her child the very same things that the wealthiest parents want. It’s been lottery more than anything else that’s determined who gets what in this society. A SOCIETY THAT WANTS JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS HAS TO WORK TO BALANCE THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE LOTTERY.” […]Read More
The multi-talented world hero, musician & ethnomusicologist – “If you are not living on the edge, you’re taking too much room.” B.B. – He used to quote Sun Ra: “The planet is asleep, and it’s the fault of musicians who are not true to themselves.” [Ed.: I would add that it is NOT just musicians]
A tremendous loss to an international community of friends and fans. It is their desire to carry out Bob’s vision in the creation of a foundation to help third-world musicians obtain the musical basics that western musicians take for granted.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress… Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.Read More
POLITICS MEANS I AM NOT TELLING YOU MY INTENTIONS. I am showing you an action that is causing a reaction from you while I am playing another chess piece over here. And together I will triangulate some secretive way where I WILL ACHIEVE POWER OVER YOU. I am not trying to get power over anybody. (Does this remind you of some workplaces?)Read More