|The Ghost of Paley
Joined: Oct. 2005
|you can't see the similarity between judging the worth of an education and judging the worth of a particular piece of art for public funding?|
I would certainly label the public funding of art based solely on the potential economic value of the art to be censorship, wouldn't you?
Well, I think you're conflating the idea of censorship with the concept of public funding. I may reject the government's right to censor a work ("Buttman and Throbbin' ", let us say) while simultaneously arguing that it is not entitled to my taxpayer dollars. Even if you define censorship as a withdrawal of taxpayer funds, that work may still be subsidized by the private sector. Tax money is finite, after all, and I think it wise to allocate it with an idea of maximizing return, whether financial or social.
Dey can't 'andle my riddim.