What Peace? John Lennon Was a Politically Ambivalent Hipster of Yesteryear

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Wed, Dec 8th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the night when John Lennon was killed outside his apartment building. He is remembered today, particularly by many baby-boomers, as the man who championed a beautiful pacifism at a time of Vietnam wars and Ronald Reagan.

According to this Boston.com's article, however, John Lennon was "ambivalent about pacifism, and his public enthusiasm for the peace movement was fleeting and capricious". If anything, Lennon's reputation as a peacenik derives from just a "brief period in the very late '60s and early '70s, when antiwar attitudes were practically de rigueur among the hip cognoscenti."

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