The story relates how Lennon would bait "old-time communists" into some "brutal arguments". It is apropos that a follow-on comment to the story makes an attempt at a quote from Winston Churchill (alluding to the then-current political parties in the UK, but apt nonetheless): "A young man who is not a Liberal has no heart; an old man who is not a Conservative has no brain."He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy's naivete.
This story comes at a time to encourage me after Paul McCartney's cheap shot at W.
(H/T to Owen Brennan)