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The Isms as Explained by the Beatles


Absolutism – “Because”

Classism – “You Can’t Do That”

Nihilism – “The Fool on the Hill”

Capitalism – “Money (That’s What I Want)”

Optimism – “Here Comes the Sun”

Altruism – “From Me to You”

Anthropomorphism – “I Am the Walrus”

Elitism – “Savoy Truffle”

Feminism – “Leave My Kitten Alone”

Atheism – “Too Much Monkey Business”

Antiestablishmentarianism – “Taxman”

Communism – “Can’t Buy Me Love”

Marxism – “Revolution”

Existentialism – “Ask Me Why”

Hedonism – “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road”

Homoeroticism – “Watching Rainbows”

Materialism – “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

Infantilism – “Cry Baby Cry”

Cynicism – “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”

Stoicism – “No Reply”

Pansexualism – “Norwegian Wood” / “Come Together”

Sexism – “Ain’t She Sweet”

Pessimism – “I’ll Cry Instead”

Malism – “Devil in her Heart”

Alcoholism – “Act Naturally”

Catastrophism – “The End” / “Help!”

Pragmatism – “Fixing a Hole”

Colonialism – “I’ll Be Back”

Counterterrorism – “I’ll Get You”

Conspiracism – “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”

Escapism – “The Long and Winding Road”

Lobbyism – “Got to Get You into My Life”

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