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Why political art sucks

Ed Driscoll reminds me about a guest post by Fernando Teson last week at the Volokh Conspiracy that argued that all political art should be regarded as a failure of discourse. For this he was pilloried by a gang of nitpicking commenters, who made /b/ look like a bunch of Oxford Debate Union members by comparison. (I kept expecting to see "NO U!" break out at any minute.) Teson's basic argument is that political art speaks to emotions, not reason, and therefore makes any discussion futile, but you should RTWT. It's a more elegant argument than me sitting here typing "Polemic sucks".

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materia_indigo
Dec. 20th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Not all political art is "of the left." Anyone who reads lots of sf novels knows this.
wombat_socho
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is very true. How much influence does SF have on the national culture, though? Compared to most of the movies and TV that come out of Hollywood and the best-sellers bought and sold in New York, I'm thinking it's not all that extensive.
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