Sunday, January 19, 2014

This machine kills fascists

I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma a few days ago, to give a talk about the exploitation of mentally ill homeless people in clinical trials. Outside the window of my hotel I could see a large mural. Woody Guthrie was pictured with his guitar, on which he had written: "This machine kills fascists."  It's a famous image, and yet I still get a chill every time I see it.  A lecture is a poor substitute for a song, especially songs as haunting as the ones that Woody Guthrie wrote, but I like to think that Tulsa was a very good place to give this particular talk.

And if you think you don't know Woody Guthrie's songs: well, you probably do but just didn't realize it.  Here's one of the best of them.

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