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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.”

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GoldCalf” by Nicolas Poussinhttp://www.cts.edu/ImageLibrary/Public_domain.cfm. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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.