I’d like you to hear my song, a response to the Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. That’s the 2005 decision that used the power of eminent domain to take private property from the owners and transfer it to new private owners. As Thom listeners know, the decision was an activist judicial change to eminent domain. We had come to think of eminent domain as a tool to help build colleges and freeways, but now eminent domain can benefit private businesses and corporations. The sad ending to the Kelo story is that they lost their house and their land was NOT developed at all.
At every level of government there is a consolidation of privilege both to the rich AND the petit bourgeois who impose the will of the super rich on the lower classes. If the poor and the downward-spiraling middle classes ever get together politically we will win, but for now we are split into “left” and “right.” To me this song expresses the anger of the downtrodden, whether left or right. Frankly, I’ve never agreed that a person should have to give up private property even for a college or freeway, much less for the benefit of private enterprise.
Makes me want to be a Jesse James!
Check out my outlaw video at my public folder http://public.me.com/burldunn
It’s the folder called “Supply and Demand.” Download and share as you wish. It’s copyrighted only in the hope that Steve Earle or somebody might record it.
The aif file is the audio taken from the video. The mp3 file is a slower version with my son Forest Arturo Dunn on bass.
You can also see the video at http://burldunn.blogspot.com