(urth) Bluesberry Jam -- Libertarian fable?

Dave Tallman davetallman at msn.com
Wed Aug 27 22:05:08 PDT 2008

Aldo, a young folk musician, wanders in a permanent traffic jam. Aldo 
meets an older singer who inspires him, and he creates a new song of 

    * The story Ain't You 'Most Done?
      is a companion piece, showing the same events from the perspective
      of Tim Benson.
    * The people in this alternate America are horrifyingly passive --
      they sit and wait for the government to feed them. They have been
      trapped here for years in the ultimate welfare state. Wolfe takes
      a libertarian stand against this.
    * They are in sharp contrast to Benson, a man from contemporary
      America. He's a self-made man, an entrepreneur, an embodiment of
      the American Dream (and a dreamer literally). In his busy life he
      chafes at seconds of traffic delay. He is present because of a
      dying boon granted by Morpheus, to dream as long as may be. His
      dream to be a folk singer will be granted, and the ultimate goal
      of an artist is for his music to be heard by those who need it,
      and change their lives.
    * The songs Tim Benson plays, unknown to him, will inspire revolution.
          o My Gentle Harp
            Thomas Moore wrote these words to Londonderry Air, which is
            also famously used for the song "Danny Boy." It was inspired
            by the arrest, imprisonment, and death of two of his
            friends, who participated in the rebellion of the United
          o "Shenendo'" says "Away, I'm bound away..." which strikes
            home to this passive people who have lost the freedom of
            movement we take for granted. They are virtually imprisoned
            by what should be a means of transportation.
          o The Minstrel Boy
            is also by Thomas Moore and also inspired by the Irish war
            for independence.
          o Finally, he sings Aldo's song, "In all this jam there's none
            like Ma'am..." not plaintively as Aldo sang it, but full of
            pity and rage.
    * Aldo heard these songs and had his instrument tuned by Benson. He
      has received some of Benson's American fighting spirit.
    * This is similar to the inspiration from the past that Ben Free
      brings to his lodgers, and the vision of the frontiersman that
      appears to the man in Viewpoint
      <http://www.holkar.net/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Stories.Viewpoint> as
      he commits his first act of violence against his confiscatory

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