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Political Lullaby (original song)

Guy on Couch

This lullaby idea came to me way back in 2013—almost two years before Donald Trump had even announced his candidacy for President.

But this old idea filtered to the top a couple of weeks ago, inspired by current events. I only added the chorus in recent weeks.

Play or Download “Political Lullaby (original song)” on SoundCloud >>

I thought of calling this something like “Confirmation Bias Lullaby,” “Polullaby,” or “Lullabias.” For awhile I settled on “Ideo-Lullaby” mostly because I got tired of thinking about the title. Then I went for the obvious: “Political Lullaby.”

And even though I didn’t originally have Trump in mind, here is a quote from a recent interview with historian Timothy Snyder that kind of gets at the same idea:

Part of the new authoritarianism is to get people to prefer fiction and inaction to reality and action. People sit in their chairs, read the tweet and repeat the clichés: “yes, they are thugs” instead of “it is normal to get out in the streets for what you believe.” [Trump] is trying to teach people a new behavior: You just sit right where you are, read what I say and nod your head.

Timothy Snyder

Photo Credit: Ted Johnson (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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