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The shewing-up of Blanco Posnet
|Statement||by Bernard Shaw.|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||125 p. ;|
|Number of Pages||125|
If we did, no man's neck would be safe and no man's house stable. An attack on morals may turn out to be the salvation of the race. But the possibility of a protest from the Turkish Ambassador—or the fear of it—causing the Lord Chamberlain to refuse to license such a play has prevented the play from being written. They may, however, be entirely opposed to popular liberties, and may conclude from what has been said, not that the stage should be made as free as the church, press, or platform, but that these institutions should be censored as strictly as the stage. It is already powerfully fortified by the magistracy and the whole body of law.
The software we use sometimes flags "false positives" -- that is, blocks that should not have occurred. But as the effect of this is to give governments a great The shewing-up of Blanco Posnet book more things to do, it also gives a powerful stimulus to the art of How Not To Do Them: that is to say, the art of contriving methods of reform which will leave matters exactly as they are. But there is this simple and tremendous difference between the cases: that whereas no evil can conceivably result from the total suppression of murder and theft, and all communities prosper in direct proportion to such suppression, the total suppression of immorality, especially in matters of religion and sex, would stop enlightenment, and produce what used to be called a Chinese civilization until the Chinese lately took to immoral courses by permitting railway contractors to desecrate the graves of their ancestors, and their soldiers to wear clothes which indecently revealed the fact that they had legs and waists and even posteriors. A refusal to license does not hurt him, because he can produce another play: it is the author who suffers. At about the same moment a few bold Englishwomen ventured on the immorality of riding astride their horses, a practice that has since established itself so successfully that before another generation has passed away there may not be a new side-saddle in England or a woman who could use it if there was.
It made an end for me of the claim of the majority to be taken seriously. But in the main a citizen can ascertain what he may do and what he may not do; and, though no one knows better than a magistrate that a single ill-conducted family may demoralize a whole street, no magistrate can imprison or otherwise restrain its members on the ground that their immorality may corrupt their neighbors. Paul's to display a cross on the summit of their Cathedral in a city occupied largely and influentially by Jews. He would raise no speculative objections to the tendency of the play. Nobody is quite what they seem in this little play. It is already powerfully fortified by the magistracy and the whole body of law.
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This comedy was not one of the plays suppressed in England by the Lord Chamberlain. As it was, I turned expectantly to his colleagues, mutely inviting them to follow his example.
A magistrate may be strongly prejudiced against an atheist or an anti- vaccinator, just as a sanitary inspector may have formed a careful opinion that drains are less healthy than cesspools; but the magistrate must allow the atheist to affirm instead of to swear, and must grant the anti-vaccinator an exemption certificate, when their demands are lawfully made; and in cities the inspector must compel the builder to make drains and must prosecute him if he makes cesspools.
The play was accepted. This makes the survival of the old ostracism in the Act of intolerably galling; and though it explains the apparently unaccountable absurdity of choosing as Censor of dramatic literature an official whose functions and qualifications have nothing whatever to do with literature, it also explains why the present arrangement is not only criticized as an institution, but resented as an insult.
It turns out he did steal the horse, but he thought it belonged to his brother, a churchman who cheated him out of his inheritance. She had pleaded with the man to allow The shewing-up of Blanco Posnet book to take the horse.
He has no general power to prevent citizens from selling unhealthy or poisonous substances, or judging for themselves what substances are unhealthy and what wholesome, what The shewing-up of Blanco Posnet book and what innocuous: what he CAN do is to prevent anybody who has not a The shewing-up of Blanco Posnet book qualification from selling certain specified poisons of which a schedule is kept.
The report of the Joint Select Committee is a capital illustration of this tendency. Prevent dentists and dramatists from giving pain, and not only will our morals become as carious as our teeth, but toothache and the plagues that follow neglected morality will presently cause more agony than all the dentists and dramatists at their worst have caused since the world began.
An attack on morals may turn out to be the salvation of the race. The objection of court etiquet[ edit ] There is another objection to the Lord Chamberlain's censorship which affects the author's choice of subject.
An innocent lady told me afterwards that she never knew that I could smile so beautifully, and that she thought it shewed very good taste on my part. A hundred years ago nobody foresaw that Tom Paine's centenary would be the subject of a laudatory special article in The Times; and only a few understood that the persecution of his works and the transportation of men for the felony of reading them was a mischievous mistake.
He would probably insist on the substitution of some fictitious country for Denmark in deference to the near relations of our reigning house with that realm. When the doors were opened again I was informed simply that the Committee would not hear my statement, but as the Committee could not very decently refuse my evidence altogether, the Chairman, with a printed copy of my statement in his hand as "proof," was able to come to the rescue to some extent by putting to me a series of questions to which no doubt I might have replied by taking another copy out of my pocket, and quoting my statement paragraph by paragraph, as some of the later witnesses did.
It is essentially one of those abnegations of passion and prejudice which the common man submits to because uncommon men whom he respects as wiser than himself assure him that it must be so, or the higher affairs of human destiny will suffer.
Now if a comedy so remote from political passion as Arms and The Man can, merely because it refers to political facts, become so inconvenient and inopportune that Foreign Offices take the trouble to have its production postponed, what may not be the effect of what is called a patriotic drama produced at a moment when the balance is quivering between peace and war?
The granting of the licence practically places him above the law; for though it may be legally possible to prosecute a licensed play, nobody ever dreams of doing it.
The public, in short, takes care that nobody shall outrage it. In particular, I regard much current morality as to economic and sexual relations as disastrously wrong; and I regard certain doctrines of the Christian religion as understood in England to-day with abhorrence.
It was felt by the majority, first, that it must be cleared at all costs of the imputation of having procured more than one copy each of my statement, and that one not from any interest in an undesirable document by an irreverent author, but in the reluctant discharge of its solemn public duty; second, that a terrible example must be made of me by the most crushing public snub in the power of the Committee to administer.
The Times published the summarized conclusions of my statement, and gave me an opportunity of saying as much as it was then advisable to say of what had occurred. Could he not write as well -- or even better -- on one leg than on two?
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