**JOHN LENNON WAS A LIBERTARIAN**...Not a Socialist Liberal as mistankenly assumed !!
Why Lennon was a Hero and a Libertarian and not a Soul crushing Socialist Liberal
While Imagine has many themes in it, one of the themes that stands out that separates Lennon as a libertarian and not a liberal is the idea of not being a slave to a country, especially through the military industrial complex. From his most famous post Beatles work, Imagine:
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
Obviously, it there was no countries, there would be no need to depend on government. Imagine is without a doubt the weakest example of this, so I chose to get it out of the way. Other Lennon solo songs have a stronger reinforcement of Lennon's Libertarian tendencies.
In today's world, it's not uncommon for liberals to call for investigations of modern protests and question political free speech. Lennon was a true believer in free speech and realized the power of free speech to encourage a movement. Lennon sang Power to the People, not Power to the Government.
Lennon was a victim of corrupt power in Washington. Nixon feared Lennon has enough power to convince the newest voting block of Americans (18-21 year olds) to defeat Nixon in 1972. Before Watergate, there was Lennongate.
Power to the people, right on
Say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street
Singing power to the people
A song that has been speaking to me loudly as of lately, as I see how those in power divide us for their own personal gains, is Working Class Hero. Lennon sings in Working Class Hero how many things they encourage us to participate in society often blinds us to what's really going on.
Lennon sings a warning of government:
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still #$%$ peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
I have found this to be true with social legislation. The powers that be get us arguing about any number of social issues, and all the while they are pushing agendas no acceptable to our American way of life.
As well, Lennon and the Beatles faced huge taxation rates while living in England, taxation that stole 83% of their income, and that was just the start as they owed taxes beyond that. Obviously, John Lennon and the Beatles understood the oppression of taxation. Not only does the album Revolver attack the tax system in England, John describes working class people as peasants, no doubt a reference that occurs from high taxation.
Question: How much are the American tax authorities making off you?
Question: How about the British government?
John: They're getting a lot.
Ringo: We'll end up with about $10 when they get through.
(Kansas City '64).
The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Honest Americans Crazy and What To Do About It, by Amity Shlaes: To her credit, Shlaes attacks the idea of higher tax rates for higher-income people. She quotes George Harrison's 1966 song "Taxman," written shortly after the Beatles' success put them into Britain's highest tax bracket. Shlaes doesn't mention it, but the top British tax rate on "earned" income at the time was 83 percent, and the top rate on income from dividends and interest was 98 percent. The Beatles were shocked to be paying such taxes; thus the song, which, she notes, makes specific references to the tax collectors, Prime Minister Wilson and Prime Minister-to-be Heath.
It should be noted a key argument of liberals today is the idea to tax the rich. The Beatles clearly detested taxation, and as I mentioned before, I feel the term peasants refer to those affected by oppressive taxation based on what we know about the Beatles.