Friday, August 26, 2005

Spitooning the rubicon(?)

Jeff over at Protein Wisdom has a good fisk of the Attorney General in Tennessee trying to mandate or limit the creative content of a musician to conform with the new, anti-tobacco laws.
This impulse to regulate art under the false premise that simple exposure to certain ideas will somehow necessitate their adoption (this is not, after all, the same as having your Imam preaching to you about the righteousness of blowing up schoolbuses, then putting you in contact with those who can supply you with the materials) needs to be fought at every turn. And the best way to do so is to stop bad law based on such tendentious premises from being enacted in the first place.