The GS realizes that it’s way beyond the Fourth of July and, thus, that this is a post-Independence Day program (of a musical essay series). For those listeners who missed my explanation for this belated state of affairs over the air last week, I repeat that this musical essay series for Independence Day 2020 is not just for the national holiday only; that the Fourth of July serves the purpose for the GS to not only give the history around the American Revolution and the birth of the republic  but, more importantly, as a launching pad for the fireworks of the GS’s radical ideas concerning what the new America was as a “democracy” in the popular imagination, the hopes and dreams certain social visionaries had for it, and for theorizing about what “revolution” could mean. In other words, a chance for the GS to hold forth on some of his favorite notions about American ideals and “a free country.”

 

Now, there are a few ways that the GS could explain what he’s trying to do with this musical essay series. However, perhaps the best way to relate its intent and purpose here is to say that it’s an attempt to (a) bring to the attention of listeners the visionary roots of America and the eternal hopes attached to it and (b) lay different foundations for political “revolution” than are recognized by the traditional liberal and left ideologies. Hence, considering the proposed eroto-spiritual basis for a larger scope of “political revolution,” the name of the essay series: "Romantic 'Total Revolution': The Democracy of Soul & The Goddess of Liberty.”