The Wire is Chomskyite! Jimmy Crack Corn and I Don’t Care!

by Jonah Goldberg

Ross has an interesting post quoting David Simon, the creator of The Wire himself, on the show’s intended indictment of American society from the Left. I always knew Simon was a liberal, though I didn’t quite realize how left-wing he really is. But I don’t think anything Ross has thrown up contradicts what I wrote . . . and neither does Ross! Lots of great artists and filmmakers and television producers have incorrect, debatable, wrongheaded, or just plain idiotic political views. George Bernard Shaw had real artistic talent and he held profoundly wrong and evil ideas about politics. D. H. Lawrence proclaimed, “three cheers for the inventors of poison gas” and insisted that: “If I had my way, I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace, with a military band playing softly. Then I’d go into the back streets and bring them all in, all the sick, the halt, and the maimed.”

Compared to these guys David Simon’s a hero-saint with the wisdom of Solomon in my book. The relationship between art and artists is a rich topic of discussion, though hardly my strength. Suffice it to say the fact that Simon draws incorrect conclusions about the proper public-policy solutions for the world he describes gives me little reason to respect that description any less.

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