20 January 2016
One of his aides claimed that Lennon was a Reagan supporter in his last years, but seeing as how no other source claims this, I'm calling that revisionism.
However, it is true that Lennon being a counterculture hippie was largely a phase for him. I don't think he was as liberal as many of the people in the counterculture. I think he just had a strong opinion on society at the time and wanted to use the press to promote peace. I don't think he ever stopped being on the liberal side of things, nor did he stop believing in peace, nor did he stop believing in breaking conventions, but he changed from an idealist to a realist. After the bed-in's, the peace songs and such, Lennon realized that he can't change the world and he sort of drifted into the more apathetic apolitical realm of things.
In that sense, most people turn conservative when they get older. They throw out their punk rock clothes and start wearing khakis. They're tired of fighting for change and they just want to enjoy life. They grow up, raise a family and instead of wanting to shake society up, they want to take it easy and enjoy what capitalism has provided for them.
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2 November 2015
That's an interesting topic. I don't think it was a phase because John did say that peace should not just be a 60's stereotype. That's probably where he "grew up": transitioning to another decade, maturing, etc. Of course no one can "change" the world, but one can make a difference. Sometimes the biggest difference doesn't always come from holding a sign with a statement but of taking a hiatus to do what matters in life.
Not all people change much when they get older; they might wear khakis but they also know not wearing khakis won't make much of a difference if you don't practice what you preach. They might not rave with fists flying about political topics (although they might, depending on dinner conversations), but it doesn't mean they disagree any less. It just isn't worth it when people understand how fleeting life is. Just because you're liberal doesn't necessarily mean you have to be a Democrat.
If you're interested in the whole "Reagan" ordeal, check out the book Fab. 🙂
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