Monday, 22 September 2014

RIP ExPensive VOLTAIRE BarsTurds

Tribute to all of the original members of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Each member of the group here sings a verse. It's hard to believe that they're all gone now. REALLY hard to believe. This track was recorded from their reunion concert in 1984 after fifteen years of not playing together. Many folks like myself will always agree that Tommy Makem and the Clancy's were one of the most important and influential forces in Irish folk music as we know it today.... Percival Durham


Voltaire was the pen name of Fran├žois-Marie Arouet,1694-1778, a leading French philosopher in the Enlightenment , who advocated freedom everywhere, emphasizing his form of reason. He was a deist who criticized Christianity and religion in general. Voltaire is sometimes called the "Father of the Enlightenment" who's ideas contributed considerably to Republicanism. Candide 1759, his chief work, criticized a philosophical theory at the time and illustrated in Candide where increasingly terrible things happen to him until he loses his optimistic view of the world and his faith.

A strong proponent of democracy in an age when republican government was nonexistent and kings ruled. He lamented, "that there is not one republic in all this vast part of the world where only the laws are obeyed,,,,,we must look for it." He believed democracy could only work in a small peaceful country. "The great vice of democracy is certainly not tyranny and cruelty: there have been mountain-dwelling republicans, savage, ferocious but it is not the republican spirit that made them so, it is nature. The real vice of a civilized republic is in the Turkish fable of the dragon with many heads and the dragon with many tails. The many heads hurt each other, and the many tails obey a single head which wants to devour everything."


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