What should be the big issues of the 2008 presidential election?

Question: What should be the big issues of the 2008 presidential election?

John Harbison: Well you know, it’s gonna be remembered in a rather paradoxical way.  Very often when there’s been a bad distribution of wealth, and a few people with great privilege and a lot of people suffering and so forth, paradoxically many, many, things in the arts and architecture and the building of beautiful things have occurred.  And I think that this period will be, in terms of the making of things, the making of beautiful things, that I think it will be remembered with great distinction.  The Renaissance popes, some of the worst patronize some of the greatest artistic events.  Pope Julius . . . we have the Sistine Chapel from a pope who spent most of his time fighting.  So we who are artists have to accept that good times for us are often bad times for society.

Recorded on: 6/12/07

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