How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
I love many of the ways in which various artists, cultural cantillators, and curators of the humanities have inspired, informed, amused, and challenged our society and its individual members.
Unfortunately, state-sponsored initiatives undertaken in the name of the arts, culture and/or humanities are used to advantage and propagandize for politically-favored communities at the expense of — and in furtherance of the marginalization of — other communities.
In the October 1984 issue of Reason magazine, John Hospers eloquently made the case “For Separation of Art and State” in his book review of Edward Banfield’s The Democratic Muse.
Other than random sponsorship, there is no “fair” way to transfer taxpayer resources to artists. Thus, I champion an uncensored, self-regulating free market for the arts, culture, and humanities over crony capitalism/communism.
Among the reasons I would seek to join the Congressional Humanities, Arts, and STEAM caucuses if elected would be to convene hearings on the effect of intellectual property laws on the accessibility of the arts and humanities to consumers and patrons, and how such laws stifle the work of artists. Persuasive arguments against intellectual property laws are adeptly set forth by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine in their book, Against Intellectual Monopoly.
Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
To the extent that federal spending crowds out philanthropic giving for the arts and humanities, such spending is neither fiscally responsible or ethically defensible. Nick Gillespie, editor at large at Reason, critiques the rent-seeking behavior of arts and humanities special interests in his February 13, 2018 article “Cutting Federal Funding for the Arts Wouldn’t Kill Them; Might Make Them Better.”
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