Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Plato on the Reforms of Vatican II

"The ways of poetry and music are not changed anywhere without change in the most important laws of the city," wrote the author of The Republic (4.424c), 2345 years before the Second Vatican Council.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So to which important changes of the law of the polis do we owe the rise of rap, and the relative decline of jazz?

6:55 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

"which important changes of the law of the polis do we owe the rise of rap, and the relative decline of jazz"

Not all laws come through the state, the gradual decline in western culture marks the decline from jazz to rap. They're parallel slippery slopes into the abyss.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

I'd say the end of anti-obscenity laws was a factor in the rise of rap. Dress codes, too.

Laws advancing egalitarian principles also helped make the ghetto look "real" and open-minded, while elegant jazz appeared elitist.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LTG, as the physicist Wolfgang Pauli said of some particularly misbegotten theorizing by a fellow physicist: "Not only is it not right, it's not even wrong!"

6:31 PM  

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