Originally Posted by dreyfus2
That is complete nonsense. A lot of the best movies in history had (partial) government funding (I am not talking about Hollywood trash), a lot of the best theatres, orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe could not exist without subsidies, pretty much all art schools and universities outside the US are tax funded...
Typical US tunnel vision.
And if the people want that, perfect. Personally I believe that if they can't get privet funding, that means the people don't want it. I don't think a government should force people to pay for other people's projects no matter that greatness of the outcome. Again, unless that is what the people want, which is a sad statement in itself. "I don't have the discipline to donate to the Arts, so I want the government to tax me instead"
But we do this also in the U.S. with PBS, museums and other junk!