Some artists fear market exchange, and feel that high culture can only be supported by government. I, however, feel that, although great art can be produced in almost any political environment, a true culture is always the expression of voluntary action and free expression, and the State, that “coldest of all cold monsters“, hates free expression.
Here is a somewhat humorous example, a budding young musician being “protected” by the State. Funny but sad at the same time. Repression of a superior talent- somewhere Ayn Rand is rolling over in her grave!
More serious, yet more inspiring, is the story of the African original, Fela Kuti. Talk about a man versus the State!
Here is English Professor Paul Cantor’s history of how commerce has aided the great art of the west.
People sometimes enquire what form of government it is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
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