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Goofle 01-27-2017 09:27 AM

Why should the public be taxed to fund art? It's bonkers.

duga 01-27-2017 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Goofle (Post 1800148)
Why should the public be taxed to fund art? It's bonkers.

Why should the public be taxed to fund a wall that won't do anything but stroke Trump's ego? It's bonkers.

elphenor 01-27-2017 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Goofle (Post 1800145)
Trump apparently going to de-fund NPR and some publicly funded arts programs. He's on a rampage.

Control the media destroy the arts

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Frownland 01-27-2017 09:38 AM

It gives us and preserves a society worth living in. That's not to mention how insignificant a portion of the tax burden it takes up (less than half of a percent). If you want to talk about unnecessary taxing why don't we talk about the military fighting illegal wars? Why should people have to pay for that?

elphenor 01-27-2017 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Goofle (Post 1800148)
Why should the public be taxed to fund art? It's bonkers.

Beyond the non-monetary value(it being something that gives meaning to life)

It is incredibly lucrative for a people to produce a culture through art

This is how NY went from being like Detroit to a city envied by the entire world just as an example

Goofle 01-27-2017 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by duga (Post 1800150)
Why should the public be taxed to fund a wall that won't do anything but stroke Trump's ego? It's bonkers.

I don't agree with the wall in principle. Or increasing the military force/fighting unjust wars @Frown.

I'd argue that the wall is different because it is supposed to achieve a goal. We can agree or disagree (probably agree, most likely) with the end result. Funding arts programs seems to go against the spirit of art itself.

duga 01-27-2017 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Goofle (Post 1800155)
I don't agree with the wall in principle. Or increasing the military force/fighting unjust wars @Frown.

I'd argue that the wall is different because it is supposed to achieve a goal. We can agree or disagree (probably agree, most likely) with the end result. Funding arts programs seems to go against the spirit of art itself.

Honestly, I can respect how a lot of people don't see a need for the government to fund the arts. I tend to get snarky about it when the same people are all for funding ridiculous programs that will only add to our national debt and force people who are ideologically against these things to pay for it.

I see this as a chicken/egg problem. Artists need some kind of budget to create their art. This may come from investors or a benefactor, but unless you have some kind of portfolio to convince people to invest in you, how will you ever create anything? I think a small amount of money provided by the federal government is a fine way to encourage people not to fear pursuing a career as an artist. It also sends a message to the rest of the world that we are an open society that encourages personal growth and critical thinking. As pointed out above, this is a minuscule amount of funding. Cutting it off does little to help our national debt and only sends the message that you don't want people thinking too hard.

The Batlord 01-27-2017 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Goofle (Post 1800155)
I don't agree with the wall in principle. Or increasing the military force/fighting unjust wars @Frown.

I'd argue that the wall is different because it is supposed to achieve a goal. We can agree or disagree (probably agree, most likely) with the end result. Funding arts programs seems to go against the spirit of art itself.

Public radio and television are some of the only worthwhile stations you can get for content that isn't mindless, consumerist drivel. Get rid of them and the world is one step closer to being Walmart.

elphenor 01-27-2017 11:31 AM

Government funded art is bad because reasons duh

Goofle 01-27-2017 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by The Batlord (Post 1800169)
Public radio and television are some of the only worthwhile stations you can get for content that isn't mindless, consumerist drivel. Get rid of them and the world is one step closer to being Walmart.

And the government needs to fund these why? Most of the best TV and radio I consume doesn't come from government, but from the free market. As for art, I can't even think of a solely government funded musician I would entertain the idea of listening to.


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