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When I first started writing for Pravda.Ru over ten years ago, I thought I could help change the world. However, at some point, I cannot exactly say when, I lost this faith and writing simply became more of a catharsis and less about believing that my words would make a difference.
As this transformation occurred, I could not help but wonder how many other writers, musicians, artists, and activists endured the same experience.
It was then I remembered the life and untimely death of Phil Ochs.
During the early 1960s, Ochs was a popular folk musician who sang about the critical issues of his day: the civil rights movement; the war in Vietnam; the United States government's invasion of the Dominican Republic; economic inequality; religious hypocrisy; student rights; and police brutality. Despite the magnitude and seriousness of these issues, when Ochs sang about them his voice always conveyed a vibrant optimism and hope for change.
However, after witnessing the Chicago police department's violent response to the protests at the Democratic National Convention in 1968, Ochs came to realize that his music would not change the world.