EDITORIAL: Beware Neil Young: Message to the Oilpatch
As the debate over Canada failing to honor the treaties and relentlessly exploit First Nations people while devastating the Alberta Tar Sands region, support for Neil Young continues to build -- not just in Canada but around the world. (See here, here, and here.)
And as the following editorial makes clear, those who have challenged Neil Young in the past have often regretted doing so and found themselves on the losing end.
Over and over, Neil Young has proven to be on the right side of history time after time after time. So just a reminder for the doubters out there, when Neil Young speaks truth to power, challenge him at your own risk.
From Message to the oilpatch: beware Neil Young | Toronto Star by Eugene Lang, BMO Visiting Fellow, School of Public and International Affairs, Glendon College, York University:
Big oil has spent tens of millions of dollars in advertisements and public relations (...) Whatever positive effect this expensive PR effort has yielded, Neil Young could wipe out in an afternoon of inspired song writing.All it will take is one song from Neil Young to turn this around.
Give him the respect he deserves and consider his views carefully, lest he train his formidable lyrical and melodic arsenal on you.
The message to Big Oil should be clear. When an angry Neil Young shows up on your doorstep, don’t dismiss him the way you do all your other critics. Give him the respect he deserves and consider his views carefully, lest he train his formidable lyrical and melodic arsenal on you.
There's a hole in the sky... and the earth...
And in other Neil news, it seems that some would like Neil Young to cancel his concert in Tel-Aviv, Israel on July 17 with Crazy Horse and have started a petition.
While the entire Middle East region seems to be a terminal basket case that everyone wishes would just go away, of course, it's not going anywhere, anytime soon, so the only option is to continue to dialog. Speaking with one another is certainly far better than this continued nonsense of simply bombing each other. When has dropping bombs ever fixed anything?
With that all said, how about those supporting the petition putting their energy into something positive? Like supporting a concert for peace, maybe? In fact, that's what Neil Young & Crazy Horse's tour of Europe last summer was: a concert of peace and love.
Love and only love. Unconditional love. Try it sometime.
"I disapprove of what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."
~~Beatrice Hall summarizing Voltaire's philosophy in The Friends of Voltaire
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