Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Mao in Minneapolis

Yesterday James Lileks (via instapundit) blogged about the Minneapolis public library using a picture of Mao Tse-Tsung to pump up its new library. Reportedly, Mao was a librarian before he decided to become a genocidal dictator. What a rise, huh? Anyway, Lileks makes a point about how hip it has become amongst a certain liberal set in America to trumpet murderous tyrants. (See also, e.g., any number of Che Guerva t-shirts.)

Last night, while IM'ing with a friend in Phoenix, I was struck by an urge to listen to Beatles' tunes. Hey, this happens sometimes. So, I have a CD version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, and a pretty generic compilation. Listening to the compilation, wouldn't you know, I came across "Revolution" (the complete lyrics here), and caught on this verse:
You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow

Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right
all right, all right, all right
all right, all right, all right
Oh where, where did the sane radical left go? Apparently not to the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library.


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