Pete Seeger's real legacy was the authentic life that he lived. I wrote a full piece to my local paper the week he died. Check it out here.
Would love to hear what people think. Agree? Disagree?
He always stuck me as genuine and not a hypocrite in any way.
Did he ever renounce his communist views?
I'm not sure if he went on record as renouncing them, but he said in recent decades that he had been a proponent of a more open and democratic style of communism than China or the USSR. He wanted the government to take an active role in improving peoples' lives, but he also wanted everyone to have a voice in the political system. He certainly never advocated a dictatorship.
I think that's what most people don't realize...there's HUGE difference between the theoretical communism young idealists espouse and the BAD GUY countries that define communism to most Americans. Guys like Pete wished for a country where everyone was truly equal socially and economically. Not very realistic unfortunately.
I guess you thought it wasn't a good question?