Plato wanted poets and dramatists banished from his republic because he believed they reveled in emotion to the detriment of reason and citizenship while coaxing audiences to join in the wallow. The only time I’m tempted to agree is when I see a vigilante movie. Films such as Death Wish, Dirty Harry, and Rolling Thunder prey on our fears that criminals will destroy our loved ones and us; these films put us through excruciatingly detailed...
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