My Admiration for Pete Seeger

Early January my wife and I had a wonderful time with friends we hadn’t seen in 2 years. We spent our time catching up on our lives and talking about houses, religion and politics. Their politics are pretty close to my own, so we had fun talking left wing politics and our worries about today.

I mentioned that I most admire independent minded leftists, individuals who are to the left of the political spectrum but aren’t afraid of disagreeing with the Left if they think the Left is wrong. I had mentioned Pete Seeger as an example, but I would also include individuals like Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr, Bayard Rustin, Muriel Rukeyser, Grace Paley. They valued the movement for social justice, but also valued individual conscience.

Right now, there is a big problem of groupthink within the Right with the cult that has developed around Donald Trump. But I think any group is vulnerable to groupthink if we’re not careful. The Left has been guilty of groupthink too, as in the 1930s, when some leftists defended Stalin in spite of the purges and killings in the Soviet Union, or in the 1960s when some leftists extolled Mao while turning a blind eye to the horror of the Cultural Revolution.

I’ve personally had some bad experiences with groupthink in an Evangelical Church in the 1990s. I learned that I am as vulnerable as anyone else if I’m not careful. Which is why I gravitate to independent minded leftists.

Here is a trailer to a documentary on Pete Seeger, one of my favorite heroes, an independent minded leftist who used his music to fight for social justice.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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