It’s Obscene but Is It Art?

“It's Obscene but Is It Art?” Wall Street Journal, August 7, 1990.


But one interesting and important fact has already become clear: Our politics today is so spiritually empty, so morally incoherent, that—except for a few brave souls—liberals have been quick to dismiss as “yahoos” anyone who dares to confront this assault on the foundations of liberalism and conservatism alike. A great many conservatives, for their part, having long ago been ideologically disarmed, are more embarrassed than interested at having to cope with this issue at all. Something is definitely rotten in the vital areas of our body politic.