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Happy Birthday Elvis…

…wherever you are.

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  1. Elvis vs. the Fascists!

    Elvis Wins! Elvis Wins!

    Since Elvis, the bonding-and-catharsis element of mass media has expanded to outdo anything that any politician can deliver. We describe an especially popular politician today as looking “like a rock star,” rather than the other way around, after all. (Could there be a worse insult than describing a rock musician as looking “like a Congressman?” I can’t think of one.) And if you’re a working-class guy with lousy prospects, well, you can learn to play guitar, or to make music on your computer, and then you, too have a chance at being the guy under
    the lights – and without having to invade Russia.

    Music took over the airwaves, and today in most of the world a crazed orator would have a hard time getting enough listeners to take over a country no matter how persuasive his spiel. After Elvis, the commercial culture of rock and roll simply occupied the mindspace that totalitarians need, and it out-competed them.

    Not surprisingly, totalitarians have always hated rock and roll.

    http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=082102B

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