Do you support the public funding of the Arts?
Let's re-phrase the question into something meaningful to the most people:
Do you support the extraction of taxes from people (ultimately, at the point of a gun) to pay certain people chosen by government bureaucrats to display, exhibit, or perform their art?
If I were you, and I were someone trying to make a living from my art, I would be highly offended at the suggestion that the government knows what good art is.
I would be highly offended by the suggestion that selected artists should get government handouts to promote their activities over mine.
The citizens of Norman do not trust their government officials to even set utility rates: all increases must be approved by a vote of the people. Why would we trust the government to dictate the art we promote or consume?
A review of history easily reveals that government supervised artists are indistinguishable from propagandists. If you value your freedom as an artist, you ought to flee from their employment offers with all haste.
Most artists strive to be a corporation of one: they desire to give voice to their own thoughts and emotions. If you don't believe the government should favor one corporation over another in a free-market system, then you shouldn't stand for your tax dollars being spent promoting your artistic competitors over you.
According to Thomas Jefferson, "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
The only way to avoid all these pitfalls is by the private funding of artists and the arts.
Quote:The incumbent Mayor of Norman, on the other hand, is a socialist-leaning ideologue with a left-wing academic background: in other words, a free-cheese-peddling mousetrap operator.
Red SquareThe incumbent Mayor of Norman, on the other hand, is a socialist-leaning ideologue with a left-wing academic background: in other words, a free-cheese-peddling mousetrap operator. Wait ... why are we not supporting Comrade Incumbent Mayor? Where is Obama’s Organizing for Action? Will no one donate $3.00 to re-elect this lovely progressive cheese re-distributor?
TovarichiRed, My Russian is worse than my Arabic, is it at least a fair translation?
David KempfWell Oleg, I'm sorry to say that the people of Nineveh, who could not discern between their right hand and their left hand, had more sense than the people of Norman, Oklahoma.
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