January 28, 2014

Little Pete: 1921 | Pete Seeger Passes 2014


May 23, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Professor Charles Louis Seeger and family." Charles Seeger, wife Constance de Clyver Edson and their 2-year-old son Pete, of future folkie fame.

Neo-neocon Pete Seeger: dead at 94 -- My feelings about Seeger are mixed, to say the least. First, the bad: he was an activist Communist, and even a Stalinist back in the day. Let’s not whitewash that....

"Seeger was a member of the Communist Party from the 1930s through the 1950s. He left the party but never gave up the faith. He told the Washington Post in 1995 “I am still a communist.” Like his comrades and fellow travelers Seeger twisted and turned with every pronouncement from Moscow…Seeger’s sycophancy for murderous communist tyrants didn’t end with Stalin. During the Cold War he praised Ho Chi Minh and provided a hearty jacket endorsement for Tomas Borges’ the brutal Sandinista thug’s book…To be fair Seeger did eventually get around to realizing the horrors of Stalinism, albeit 50 years too late…"


Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 28, 2014 12:26 PM
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It is deeply tragic that this filthy communist died peacefully in bed and mourned by millions instead of alone, afraid and disgraced.

Posted by: John Farrier at January 28, 2014 1:55 PM

Man, if that photo ain't the perfect definition of who "they" are. Multiple generations of Eastern academic Better Than You, roughing it in the bosom of the people.

For the guys who didn't want to pretend to be black (and therefore spend their time trying to play Da Blooz,) Seeger and his ilk made learning music via the guitar and banjo an enterprise fraught with confusion and double meaning in the early '60s. I mean, I wanna learn to play, but what's all that Commie bullshit?

So long, Pete.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 28, 2014 2:32 PM

Maybe it's not much comfort, but it is amusing that the whole phony edifice of "folk" music (it was once thought of as a way to propagandize the American proletariat, by appropriating their music) failed right before Seeger's eyes. From his point of view, it had to really blow that American workingmen were more likely to listen to Hank, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and the like. The American working class wanted nothing to do with "folk" music.

I would say that "millions mourned" George Jones. That rotten old excusemaker for murdering dictators Pete Seeger might have thousands mourning him, and that is still more than he deserves.

Posted by: Mike James at January 28, 2014 2:36 PM

Seeger lived a stones throw from me in Cold Spring NY.

Never once saw him there and hopefully I will not see him while he is residing in HELL.

A lowlife in the extreme.

Posted by: SirWalter at January 28, 2014 2:55 PM

And the previous comments sum the sentiment of pretense and arrogance nicely.
My feelings are not mixed in the least.

Posted by: Dan Patterson at January 28, 2014 4:43 PM

May his name be blotted out.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 28, 2014 5:16 PM

Pete Seeger may have said that he repented his support of Stalin, but did he ever repent his support of Ho Chi Minh? Castro? All the other commie tyrants?

I think that if you carefully read what he said about deciding that Stalin was a bad guy, you will find that he was a little too careful to be "subtle" and "nuanced" in his repudiation. I believe he never really abandoned the leftist vision which is always totalitarian at heart no matter what noble sentiments it may be wrapped in.

Posted by: pst314 at January 28, 2014 6:29 PM

Cheers to Drudge: as of this posting, nary a mention of this loathesome apologist for genocide.

Posted by: goy at January 28, 2014 6:41 PM

And his family relations still practice their tripe and propagandizing in Vermont.

Posted by: Lazarus Long at January 28, 2014 6:59 PM

Knowing where Seeger is going I hope I will never be found wanting and then sent to meet him

Posted by: Veritas at January 28, 2014 10:00 PM

I hope Petey is enjoying his first couple of days of eternity as Satan's sex toy. Good riddance, pity he didn't die a half-century ago.

Posted by: waltj at January 29, 2014 3:25 PM