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Should the government fund the arts?

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Poll Results: 3,123 votes
59%
Yes.
 
26%
No.
 
14%
I don't know.
 
2%
Other
 


Read more: Why You Should Give a Damn About Arts Funding




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M.N. J.
Sunday February 8, 2015, 7:45 PM


I am going to steal a comment from another forum, because it more articulately expands on my original answer, which is "They always have.":


"Governments, or what constituted governments in those days, have been supporting the arts for a very long time. Think Medici, Hapsburg, Esterhazy, Louis XIV, the Courts of Spain and others. The economics of the arts generally have always required a subsidy, even as a few individual artists enjoy commercial success, and it is quite likely that they always will. So maybe the question should be: Do you want to see the arts flourish? If your answer is Yes, then you'd better get used to the idea that government support will be part of the equation."

http://www.economist.com/debate/days/view/875

Irene S.
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 2:56 PM


Yes!

Nimue Pendragon
Friday December 26, 2014, 6:16 PM


yes

Nimue Pendragon
Friday December 26, 2014, 6:16 PM


yes

Nimue Pendragon
Friday December 26, 2014, 6:16 PM


yes

Nimue Pendragon
Friday December 26, 2014, 6:16 PM


yes

Dave C.
Saturday December 20, 2014, 5:57 PM


yes...........

Sue H.
Tuesday November 18, 2014, 10:03 PM


Absolutely!

Magdalena J.
Sunday November 16, 2014, 12:43 AM


Yes.

Darren Woolsey
Saturday November 1, 2014, 8:52 AM


Yes. Governments should fund the arts, and also charities.



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