As I recently read, totalitarianism is bad. Pravda, perhaps under Stalin’s influence, denounced Shostakovich’s /Lady Macbeth/ as “coarse, primitive and vulgar.” The point, as usual: shame on you, Joe Stalin. What’s the full syllogism? As I see it, we have two candidates. First possibility:
(1) Limiting the freedom musicians is bad.
(2) The Soviet Union limited the freedom of Shostakovich, a musician.
(3) The Soviet Union was bad.
However, if this were what people really had in mind, I’d expect to see a lot more stories of the following form: “X’s music sucked. Experts today agree: it was pretty shitty. The Soviet union banned it saying it was too shitty to allow. But, still, banning music is bad, no matter the quality of the music.”
But what I generally hear is stuff like: “Shostakovich’s music was super sweet. Pravda didn’t really get it, so they banned it.” Which suggests the following syllogism:
(1) Shostakovich’s music is sweet.
(2) The Soviet Union didn’t think so.
(3) The Soviet Union lacked taste.