This John Lennon Quote Explains Politics Better Than Anything Ever


When John Lennon was not busy shooing groupies away, hanging out with Yoko Ono, or dropping some acid and writing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” he was out doing interviews and getting political.  

Lennon did not waste time trying to rationalize why politicians were acting out. Although he did not understand their motives, all he knew is one thing: The people running our society are “maniacs” and they are acting to achieve “maniacal ends”.                              

Since we have congressmen like Michael Burgess (R-Texas) claiming that fetuses masturbate and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) saying that rape rarely causes pregnancy, these are but just a few of the examples that demonstrate Lennon may be right. Pair this with politicians on both sides of the aisle who defend NSA’s PRISM program and then we will really see that perhaps there are more politicians that have a lot more loose screws in their heads than we would like to admit.

I particularly enjoy how Lennon finishes his statement about the maniacal-ness of it all. “I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that”, he added. “That's what's insane about it.”

Saying “our society is run by insane people” probably would not get you landed in jail, unless you said this around law enforcement while tripping out and at that point you would just be dismissed as some anarchist, conspiracy-theorist stoner. Nonetheless, if he meant that in some cases, people would possibly think his views are extreme, quite sadly, he is correct. 

John Lennon also expressed that he did not understand why countries had these “maniacal” aims and that he “would be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing”. At times, it truly is difficult to imagine what kind of thought process goes behind some of these political moves besides perhaps twisted self-interest.