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Robbie Robertson turned 72 yesterday. Here’s the only Band song on which he sang the lead vocal: Music From Big Pink‘s “To Kingdom Come.”

Now you look out the window, tell me/What do you see?/I see a golden calf pointing/Back at me.

As regular readers know, I have become more and more enchanted by the biblical story of the Golden Calf as prophesying certain conservative belief-systems that divinize property rights. So here to accompany Robbie’s song is Nicholas Poussin’s 1634 painting, “The Adoration of the Golden Calf.”

GoldCalf” by Nicolas Poussin Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.