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than the participant. The translator rather than that (life) which is translated into an aesthetic or philosophical statement.

A simple way of thinking about this is to observe my own reaction to stand-up comedy whenever its themes are political (which they almost always are.)

It's not funny at all.

The surprise that a good joke depends upon is absent once you have scoped out the comedian's political biases.

Then it all becomes a tiresome lecture, and one given by someone whose educational qualifications are almost always insufficient to make that lecture interesting and informative.

Indeed, the only stand-up comedy that can be both political and funny is either comedy that is outrageously politically incorrect or the comedy of someone like Jay Leno who uses politics as a subject, but who doesn't reveal his own political bias~who can lampoon both parties, as it were. That is rare.

Of course, when you are talking about music (as opposed to art, theater, or literature), then you are automatically removed in most cases from an overt political expression that is intrinsic to the notes. Beyond program music that is explicitly political (explicitly as in a commission for a political benefit concert, or an overtly political title or accompanying text), the desired revolution intended to shock the Establishment must be a formalist revolution.