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.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.