Samuel Lipman was right – about culture and democracy

The New Criterion published one of the greatest essays written in our times on the relations of culture and democracy – by Samuel Lipman. It is recalled here:

Lipman noted that democracy and the arts operate on different principles – and yet he still maintained that a governments can carry out a wise policy in regard to the arts.

That is why I agree with Lipman and do not agree with the Heritage Foundation’s general opinion that government should stay out of the arts. However, the US Federal government’s involvement in the arts – through the NEA, NEH, and the National Arts Council – is, at present, in need of radical reform.

In the meantime, we (Restore the Arts) would like to become the reference point for what is most needed – and we will try to become that…


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