The Devil’s Music

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
- Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night

Islamic militants have banned music in Mali. The sheer idiocy of it! Not that we haven’t done the same – Puritans couldn’t bear the thought of anyone enjoying themselves outside the framework of their religion. Like the Soviet Union’s attack on writers and artists, fundamentalist regimes of all stripes hate the spontaneity and subversiveness of music, art, and writing. Putin is carrying on the grand old tradition in his persecution of Pussy Riot.

Enjoy the music and give fundamentalism the finger.

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