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BLANKLEY: Keeping the world safe from lunatics
Shall we suppress arts that overexcite human emotions?
Question of the Day
If, as it is being argued, we should suppress normal political rhetoric on the grounds that it may have provoked the alleged psychotic killer to his irrational violence, then surely we should consider suppressing music of all kinds - the No. 1 suspect not only in the provocation of the current purported killer - but of many killers and wars over history.
Just as it is argued by some that the beneficial effect of robust political debate on the democratic process can be no defense against its suppression in the hope of calming the nerves of future psychotic killers - so even more essentially must we now suppress all music (and as I may demonstrate in future columns, we must also suppress all literature and Greek classical philosophy). To avoid any confusion, please understand that this column is a parody. I am not really in favor of suppressing all music, literature and classical Greek philosophy.
Tony Blankley is the author of “American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century” (Regnery, 2009) and vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington.
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