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Ben Jonson, like Charb of Charlie Hebdo, sought to reduce zealots
Ben Jonson, like Charb of Charlie Hebdo, sought to reduce zealots

The massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff can be considered as another moment in a centuries-old struggle between an artist's right to laugh at zealots (and do something about it) and the zealot's right to be offended by the actions of the artist (and do something about it). Beyond the almost universal condemnation of the killings, many people did debate, often heatedly, the question of what should happen when the artist's right to mock and the zealot's right to be offended come into direct conflict. As it happens, this is an ancient debate. One could go back to Aristophanes, in the 5th century BC, with his mockery of the Greek pantheon in plays like "The Birds"...

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