But shouldn't the government at least fund communal" art activities ..."

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But shouldn't the government at least fund communal" art activities ..."

From Brian K. Yoder

Published before 2005


Q: But shouldn't the government at least fund "communal" art activities that go beyond the scope of any individual?

Since I don't even think there is such a thing as communal art I don't know quite how to respond to that. Art is made by individual people, not groups. Multiple artists might cooperate on some large-scale project, but each of them is still using his own insights and making his own judgments alone. One thing is certain, forcing people to support such "communal art" against their will is not a way to generate genuine support for it, nor a way to get people to feel more involved in their social and cultural lives. If it is imposed on them by know-it-alls who think that people are sheep you won't end up with a unified and cooperative community of free people, you will have masters and servants, each despising the other.