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Thread #100487 Message #2018039
Posted By: Mike Miller
06-Apr-07 - 12:51 AM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger: Nobel Peace -Updated-deadline Feb1!
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger: Nomination for Nobel Peace
I bow to no man in my regard for Pete Seeger as a folksinger and as a commited idealogue. Pete has identified with those he saw as victims and, for his sincerity, he deserves recognition. He has not, however, had a significant affect on world peace. This is not because he didn't want to, but because he, usually, sang "to the choir" and because, as much as we would like to think that folksingers are important, they ain't. Except for his commendable efforts on behalf of the Hudson River, Pete has had very little affect on the world outside of music. When well meaning Mudcatters tout Pete for the Nobel, they are seeing him as their representative. If he is important, so are we.
Pete may, well, be eligable for a Nobel Prize in the arts. That would be, both, pleasent and appropriate.