In the States, perhaps more than anywhere else, freedom is illusory. If one is denied freedom, one has no expectation of such. It might be argued that much of the world denies freedoms granted here. But are they really granted here? Democracy is a sham when some votes count more than other votes; when votes can be coerced by power to favour power; when mass persuasion, mass hysteria, mass delusion collude to garner votes. Majority grants authority, which, assuming power, determines, not right, but expedience, in assuring the continuation of power.
Rightness cannot be determined by majority appeal. Rightness is independent of the number of those who recognise it, defend it, uphold it. One person might be right, and everyone else misguided, beguiled, deceived. Vision is granted to but few, the few astute enough, courageous enough to see beneath and beyond the smoke and the mirrors.
But then, again, it is those in authority who identity and define the courses and constraints of mass gullibility. Authority is not concerned with general well-being, but with their own personal power and gain. Right is made wrong; wrong, because it defies the wishes, motives, and schemes of those who have fashioned a fallacy of right, a delusion of right, sleights of hand, betrayals of loyalty, Trojan horses every one.
To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes. Artists stand alone. Their risks are their own; their responsibilities, their own; their failures, their own; their triumphs, their own; their art, their own. When lies overwhelm, there is art. When the truth is too much to bear, there is art.
If artists may be censored, why not drug companies, advertising every medication sanctioned between federal, state, and local governments, and the commercial interests that support, i.e., buy, these governments?
Why not censor all the companies that produce foods toxic with artificial and genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and other corn derivatives, foods that flatter taste but feed not?
Why not censor fast food establishments that thrive on American obesity?
Why not censor the denial of a woman’s right to choose whether or not to use birth control, whether or not to keep an unwanted pregnancy?
Why not censor Judeo-Christian dominance of American media, publishing, and morality?
Why not censor the continued political presence of England in Ireland’s six northern counties?
Why not censor Israel’s denial of a Palestinian homeland?
Why not censor hate for hip-hop?
Why not censor hate?