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Western Civ Story?

Arthur Herman's post arguing that John Dollard is the real man behind the riots, reminds me that roughly the same idea was set to music a few years ago:

Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke,
You gotta understand,
It's just our bringin' up-ke
That gets us out of hand.
Our mothers all are junkies,
Our fathers all are drunks.
Golly Moses, natcherly we're punks!  . . .

Gee, Officer Krupke, we're very upset;
We never had the love that ev'ry child oughta get.
We ain't no delinquents,
We're misunderstood.
Deep down inside us there is good! 

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Freud, Civilization and its Discontents (better translated as the dis-ease [Unbehagen) in Civilization) is behind Dollard. I was just thinking about the Rita Moreno character's song, this praise of America--Moynihan's critique of Great Society programs is well anticipated in West Side Story.

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