Because it is the thirtieth anniversary of the tragic murder of John Lennon, much nostalgia will be summoned up for Lennon, the Beatles and the times they lived in. The glory days of sixties idealism and “innocence” will be recalled with misty fondness by aging baby boomers, and those who came along later.
But were the Beatles merely innocent, mop headed,peace loving idealists? As we looked at last week in our previous article, Lennon;Whose Minstrel Was He ?, Lennon was an effective musical evangelist of the sexual revolution, which has wrecked untold millions of lives, in broken health, broken families, illegitimacy, abortion, sexual confusion, etc.
Lennon was also an avid proponent of the drug movement , for which the cost has been incaluculable.Through his music, lyrics, example, and influence it became fashionable to “get high with a little help” from various friends. Albums such as “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” have been described as “drug saturated”.
Too often it is ignored or under appreciated that Lennon also was a minstrel for Marx amd Lenin. Through songs such as “Working Class hero”, “Angela”, a paeon to Communist revolutionary ,Angela Davis, “Back in The USSR” Lennon lent his God given talents to Atheistic Marxism.
“I really thought that Love would save us.But now I’m wearing a chairman Mao badge, that’s where its at. I’m just beginning to think he’s doing a good job.” John Lennon (Jan Wenner,Lennon Remembers New York , Fawcett popular library,1971)
As “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” promoted the drug culture, so the 1972 album,”Sometime in New York”became the definitive Communist tract for the Beatles. A January 1981 RollingStone review called it “Agitprop”, and “Sloganeering”.
The songs “Sisters O Sisters”, “Angela”, “Woman Is The N****r of the World” evoke communist and feminist anger consciousness. “Attica State” calls for revolution in view of a true bloody prison uprising. “Bloody Sunday” denounced “Anglo(s) pigs”.
“In a 1971 Rolling Stone interview Lennon said “Working Class Hero” his contribution to the revolution and that Chairman Mao was his hero.”(The Legacy Of John Lennon, David Noebel, Nelson publishing,pg 76).
Apparently Lennon’s admiration of Mao wasn’t enough for him to want to live in Mao’s paradise. Even England’s high taxes were too much “wealth sharing” for John and Yoko, they moved to that evil, oppressive ,capitalist Babylon, the USA and spent some of their large fortune staving off attempts to be deported.
Lennon called for the “abolition of all money, police and government” yet at hs death he was worth 275 million dollars(1980 value), he owned 25 percent of Apple records,dairy farms in upstate New York, a herd of registered Holstein cattle worth 66 million, several houses, and a 62 foot yacht.
The 1960’s and 1970’s Cold War, was the apex of the “twilight struggle” between truly oppressive, atheistic Marxism and the free capitalist world.
Marxism, had reduced half of the world to serfdom, and aggressively sought to enslave the rest of it. The capitalist world, in spite of its flaws offered a degree of freedom and upward mobility unparalleled in history.
Lennon, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and a host of other fellow travelers, clearly took the side of Atheistic Marxism, of course from the safe and prosperous confines of the UK and America.
When asked about His radicalism in the early 1970’s, Lennon remarked;
“the radicalism was phony, really, because it was out of guilt.I’d always felt guilty that I had made money, so I had to give it away or lose it.I don’t mean I was a hypocrite, I mean when I believe, I believe right down to the boots…But (what I was doing) fighting the American government just because Jerry Rubin couldn’t get what he really wanted,- a nice cushy job”.(Newsweek,Sept 29,1980)
When America unilaterally “gave peace a chance” the Communist heroes Lennon had championed, slaughtered Vietnamese and Cambodians by the millions.
Hundreds of thousands of others risked their lives on leaky boats trying to get over to this evil oppressive place, that Lennon denounced, so that they could live in freedom. Hmmm, I wonder if the Beatles wrote any songs about that?
There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.(proverbs 30:11-14)