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Reader’s comment: Abolish state support

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In response to Robert Pegg: Smug, sneering, Remoaning, Leftie – our insufferable arts industry, KilowattTyler wrote:

The arts could be improved by abolishing all state support. There are two problems with state-funding for the arts:

1/ The arts become immune from the effects of lack of interest on the part of a large proportion, or even the majority, of the population. The arts thereby become the product of an inward-looking, conformist club of smug professionals who only have to appease civil servants. Many plays, poems and novels are little more than memos written by EU bureaucrats.

2/ By subsidising the arts, art that goes against elites’ wishes and ideology is undermined commercially as this art is unlikely to receive funding and has to compete with art that does.

State funding for the arts should be switched to improving arts education in schools. This should not of course mean that arts are presented to kids through some ideological prism, e.g. LGBTQ, but that children are given the intellectual tools to create art, i.e. taught how to make art, not what art is ‘acceptable’ or otherwise. A useful start would be to ensure that all children are taught how to play a musical instrument, how to read music and preferably, how to compose it. Since music in some form is heard in even the most illiterate households this measure could increase interest in education on the sink estates.

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