Art Censorship in Communist China, AND AMERICA

Much like Thomas Moores Utopia, Plato's state was highly regulated and strictly controlled. Many of his plans for the different classes, specifically the "guardian classaE were communistic. For the leaders, Plato wanted communal living and even communal spouses. He did not trust any people to be completely virtuous, so he believed the government must control anything that could possibly lead to corruption.

Another, more modern philosopher also had a similar view to censorship, specifically in the visual arts. His name was Mao. Before the Maoist revolution, the visual arts were not given as much meaning as the written word. The imperial Chinese governments never engaged themselves in heavy handed censoring. (Silbergeld, 299) Maoist art censorship was much different then the ideal held by most of the means by which this art has been censored. While in the western world we see censorship as "hard- fisted bureaucrats who know only politics and little of art and who are readily identifiable by artists as outsiders and enemy intrudersaE, (Silbergeld, 300) the idea of discipline as well as obligation and pride were built into the structure of art censorship



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