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It's Bastille Day. Fight on, party on.

July 14th, 2010 by
Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel.

"Prise de la Bastille" by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel.

It's Bastille Day today, celebrating a symbolic victory of the common people over the aristocratic feudalists during the French Revolution.

I reckon that the thing to take away from Bastille Day is how hard it is to have a representative republic. It's a struggle fought in the days in-between the celebrations.

No small thing. In fact, it's monstrously difficult. Right now, The United States Of America isn't doing so well at having a representative democracy.

Remember, "[every] revolution is unfinished." Every day must be a fight for a more just world. We can always do better -- individually and collectively.

But tonight, party. Party it up for the French, 'cause they got it done once.

. . .

And now, some American Steel. Couldn't find a live video of "Insurrection Avenue" so here they are playing "Loaded Gun" live at Burnt Ramen in Oakland sometime in 1999.

(This one, of course, is for Mom. Thanks to hep for the "lol freedom of speech" link. Thanks to Glen Carlson for recording that AmSteel show. Picture of the painting via Wikipedia.)

It's a Decycling Wednesday.

June 30th, 2010 by

What do you do on a Decycling Wednesday?

"de-stroy cycles and circles, not myself"

Here's the song "Decycling" by American Steel, one of the best punk rock bands The Bay Area has ever seen.

Listen now:  

The lyrics to American Steel's song Decycling held aloft in San Francisco.

They are an inspiration. Make this Decycling Wednesday your own.

Here's American Steel playing "Every New Morning," Maria," and "Rogue's March" at The Fest 8 in Gainesville, FL.

This one's for the girl with all the names.