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Seven years ago, I called #LeonardCohen's *Everybody Knows* "the perfect anthem for our times."

> Everybody knows the fight was fixed
> The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
> That’s how it goes
> Everybody knows… 1/ A smoke-filled room lit by ...
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
That was just after Cohen died, and while the world seems to want to settle on *Hallelujah* as his totemic song, *Everybody Knows* keeps inserting itself into the discourse, in the most toxic, hope-draining way possible. 3/
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The books I read throughout 2020 helped me stay balanced in a year of uncertainty 📚 I’ve summarised and/or quoted from a selection of them below. Read on to see who I learned from in 2020👇
N.B. I did this for my own reflection, but sharing in the hope it’s useful to someone else. They are in no particular order and across multiple genres. Don't take my word for it & be sure to read the books for yourself!
01 – How To Thrive In The Next Economy @johnthackara 🌱

To design a life-centred economic system, we need to integrate ecological systems-thinking, regenerative business practice and design-led social-innovation. Less bureaucracy, more place-based community action.
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16 noviembre Día del #Flamenco #PatrimonioInmaterialHumanidad @Unesco #Granada #Sacromonte cuna del #FlamencoQueUne
@canalsur ha organizado una programación especial
"La única música que se enfrenta a Dios, que da puñetazos al Cielo, es el #flamenco" #CarlosCano @CarlosCanoAutor
#LeonardCohen: "Si pudiera colaborar con un artista tan grande como #EnriqueMorente, sería #maravilloso.Si mi canciones fueran traducidas al #flamenco me sentiría muy conmovido"
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#RNC was "explicitly told beforehand" both by #LeonardCohen's estate & company that licenses "Hallelujah" that it didn't have the right to use the song. Trump played it twice on the final night anyway. Trump takes what he wants. To hell with YOUR rights.…
#LeonardCohen's estate "surprised & dismayed" Trump played "Hallelujah" after he was denied the right to use it & brazenly attempted to "exploit in such an egregious manner" 1 of Cohen's "most important songs."

They're Canadian. No American's surprised & 40% aren't dismayed.
Anyone think I'm crazy to assume Trump played #LeonardCohen's "Hallelujah" (despite being denied the right to play it) because Kate McKinnon played it dressed as Hillary as the cold open for #SNL's 1st show after he won?

Anyone? Anyone?
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Trump shamelessly played #LeonardCohen's "Hallelujah" to his WH fireworks. Here's the people's reply: "#Democracy is coming to the USA."

#VoteBlue against #racism. #VoteBlue against #hate. #VoteBlue for #democracy. (thread: lyrics)
"From the war against disorder
From the sirens night and day
From the fires of the homeless
From the ashes of the gay
#Democracy is coming to the U.S.A."

#LeonardCohen, "Democracy" (1992)
"It's coming from the sorrow in the street
The holy places where the races meet

From the wells of disappointment
Where the women kneel to pray
For the grace of God in the desert here
And the desert far away
#Democracy is coming to the U.S.A."

#LeonardCohen (1992)
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"I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you."

Did Trump play #LeonardCohen after his speech because the word #hallelujah is repeated 32 times or because #KateMcKinnon sang it dressed as #Hillary as the cold open to the 1st #SNL after the election?
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah
I can't walk. I would drag myself 5 miles to TownHall to #VoteBiden. I got nothing if babies in cages & shithole countries & +20,000 lies, & +181,000 dead, & "slow the testing down" & "Putin told me he didn't do it" hasn't convinced YOU to vote this white nationalist outta power.
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"I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you."
--#LeonardCohen, #Hallelujah

Read the lyrics. There's only ONE reason Trump wanted it played it after his speech tonight: it repeats the word word hallelujah 32 times. Give THAT some thought.…
Playing #LeonardCohen is even worse than illegally using the @WhiteHouse (which belongs to ALL Americans) for a campaign event where the President & Princess #Ivanka acted like they were welcoming guests to their palace.

It's Cohen's VOICE they hijacked. They're HIS words.
Trump thinks everything's HIS. It's "his" White House. (It's ours.) They're "his" generals. (They're ours.) Tonight he framed shots with his NAME across the WH & exploded fireworks with his NAME over the WH.

Show up & #vote.
Show up & #vote.
Show up & #vote.
Show up & #vote.
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Well I've heard your bile and your so-called jokes
Your vile distain for modern folks
Refusing to accede your sense of humour
And those who help their fellow man
Are undermining every plan
You’ve made to accrue riches, OK boomer
OK boomer
OK boomer
OK boomer
You threaten kids who want to save
The world and travel wave by wave
Upon the face of Earth you are a tumour
A shame you’ll never get to see
The mess you’ve made and left for me
The future’s fucked and far from OK boomer
OK boomer
OK boomer
OK boomer
Your apathy closed factories
You sit or lie as each nurse flees
You’re tripling the price of a satsuma
You’ll save the banks and start a war
God only knows what fucking for
You only care that you’ll be OK boomer
OK boomer
OK boomer
OK boomer
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