From Webster Young: An opinion piece from I wrote in 2009 for Newsday is below, and may still be relevant today!
From my previous post on this subject:
“The discussions on whether or not the National Endowment for the Arts should be reformed, defunded, or just abandoned – along with the discussion of whether or not the US Federal government should be involved in supporting the arts at all – these are discussions (I believe) that should not be entirely abandoned.
“One subject that has rarely been raised in the debate is that of looking to see how other countries, especially France and England, have handled their support of the arts. The only person I am aware of who pointed to this was Samuel Lipman when he wrote for The New Criterion.”