“When will we ever learn?”: the arts and shared knowledge

http://youtu.be/QhnPVP23rzo “The establishment has always been concerned about music,” folk singer Pete Seeger said about his peace and protest songs.  “I’ve quoted Plato for years, who wrote, ‘It’s very important that the wrong kind of music not be allowed in the Republic.’ And I’ve also heard there’s an old Arab proverb, ‘When the king puts the poet on his payroll, he cuts off the tongue of the poet.’ I think they’re both right.” Pete Seeger, who died yesterday at the age of ...