Should Government Support the Arts?

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So to return to the question particularly for the United States in a democratic society we don’t support the art because we can’t agree as to what would be art.  We can agree what makes a profit, so if you want to do art you can pay for it.  Everyone is happy.  People can go to it.  But why should we subsidize opera companies, museums, artists, performance spaces, independent filmmakers and photographers?  Why do that?  Why not leave it simply to the marketplace?  And one way to solve that problem would be to say well as in science they can be kind of peer review, an objective sense of what is good, what is bad and if we could discriminate, if we could agree then we could say well these people deserve support, these people don’t.