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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and experience fireworks with some cold beer and rock and roll.

In the pursuit of happiness, countless Americans have taken to their guitars and drums, synths and samplers to express their content or discontent with the state of the union. We at FP have turned toward our record collections for a glimpse at the American condition, and found evidence of our national spirit from the 50s through today. The following 27 tracks offer a snapshot at our understanding of the American Experience, as defined by the likes of Nas, John Fahey, James Murphy and Milo Aukerman, among many others. Obviously, this is far from exhaustive or comprehensive, but it’s a good place to start your American reflection and celebration.

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America is an empire on its deathbed. We wage perpetual wars that profit corporations, bail out billionaires on Wall Street, and leave ordinary people poor and oppressed. We destroy our environment, eviscerate our health-care system, gut public education, segregate our cities, pack our prisons, and sign away our individual freedoms. President Barack Obama is not a beacon of hope, but a “Benetton” version of George W. Bush. We are slaves to a mass culture of illusion, narcissism, and idol worship, a hollow hoopla that dulls our intellect and numbs our social conscience. At this rate, we may be headed for serious social unrest followed by a totalitarian crackdown in the mode of fascist Italy, tsarist Russia, and Nazi Germany.

This grim outlook comes from The Death of the Liberal Class, the eighth and latest book by Chris Hedges, a Harvard seminarian turned journalist who has covered wars in Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his terrorism coverage in The New York Times. His central premise is that the destruction of the country has been abetted by the complacency and collusion of the “liberal class,” the once vital and now irrelevant voices in schools, churches, the media, and the arts. If you call yourself a liberal, this book might make you burn with anger or squirm with shame.

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Sons of Dionysus

A Transmedia Novel of Myth, Mirth, and the Magical Excess of Youth.