Socially Useless?

An Italian Magistrate recently banned racing at the historic Monza circuit in Italy based on noise complaints by area residents. Most interesting was a comment in his decision.

The verdict defined racing as a "superfluous, dangerous and socially useless activity with a big impact on the environment." (Reported by SpeedTV.com).

Wow.

Socially useless? That is a pretty harsh comment for a sport that is pretty well loved in Italy. Maybe more importantly, is that the proper basis for a legal decision? I guess it can come into play in some situations. But is he saying that if an activity is socially enlightening it can make as much noise as possible? So if we hold a poetry recital at Monza but amplify it with some really, really big speakers that would be ok?

Hm. Well at least the track knows how it can fill that now empty date on its schedule.