Aristotle, Plato: Grand Theft Auto

The last week of June 2011 witnessed the American Supreme Court hear arguments from  Brown vs. Entertainment Merchants.  This was a case involving whether a State or for that matter any political authority, can regulate video games.

The majority opinion was written by Antonin Scalia.  It was interesting to read how the Justices all referred to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle even Locke.  In the end, they ruled that this case was a disagreement over two great goods essential to freedom:  First Amendment’s prohibition on free speech and the Constitutions tradition of assigning the family to the task of educating children for liberty.

 

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About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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