Ask Jesse Show Notes – Episode 65: Living With War

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By Victoria Lynn Hall

After editing this episode, I was tired and really wanted to wrap this up before the weekend, so my plan was to just share the lyrics to Neil Young’s song, Living With War with the notes and resources below to save myself some time and effort.

Before I did that, however, I clicked over to Twitter and saw this tweet thread by journalist Ahmed Kaballo and found myself watching the video clips of his interview with a Nicaraguan farmer:

And I remembered it is people like this woman that we really need to be listening to; not just the people singing about “Living With War” but the people who are actually living with war, or the economic warfare of U.S. sanctions in countries like Nicaragua, Syria, Venezuela…

I also remembered how earlier this week I came across this tweet thread by journalist Stefan Simanowitz, of interviews with indigenous people at the COP26 Climate Change Summit who were largely ignored by the world leaders there, even though they are on the frontlines of the communities most affected by our climate crisis and Western policies that are destructive to our natural world:

By the time the death and despair of war inspires a musician to write about it, the people actually Living With War have experienced that reality for months, years, decades… By the time impending climate disaster becomes the concern of a teenage girl in Sweden, indigenous people who worked and lived in harmony with their environment had that way of life violently uprooted by the forces of Colonialism centuries ago… And by the time a global pandemic makes us conscious of who our “essential workers” really are, capitalism has long taken them for granted and exploited their labor to the benefit of our non-essential and yet somehow revered elite.

I love the music of Neil Young and his CSNY bandmates and along with other great artists, they have inspired me artistically and politically, but these aren’t the voices that most need to be amplified and listened to now.

As Jesse pointed out in this episode, the counter culture of the 60s and 70s didn’t bring about peace and our current, most prominent political movements are mostly centered around the middle class interests of those engaged in them. It won’t be until we center the voices of those who are living with the material consequences of destructive policies that we can hope for effective change. Until we elevate to rock star status the indigenous farmer, the migrant worker, the homeless veteran… so that enough of us can really hear and understand what they are experiencing, we can’t understand what is enough to truly know what needs to change or how.

Here’s the link to my post on Facebook which I mentioned at the start of this episode:

I referred to two Caitlin Johnstone articles in this episode:

Bloomberg CIA Apologia Accidentally Vindicates China’s Strict Domestic Policies &

It Takes A Lot Of Education To Keep Us This Stupid

Jesse talked about the debate between Aaron Mate and Ro Khanna on sanctioning Nicaragua which you can find on this tweet by Katie Halper:

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Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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