Monday, May 25, 2009

Elitism on the rise in the US

Michelle Obama, drowning in vanity, is on the rise as America's new minister of culture. Under President Obama, America is taking steps toward the welfare model where enlightened politicians make important decisions, such as deciding which artist is worth your money.

“The first lady made it very clear that the White House plans to use its position and prestige to shine a spotlight on the arts in a way that has not occurred recently,”

When it comes culture, America has been a world leader for a very long time. Culture is flourishing in America because it's been left alone. As any liberty-minded would agree, no authority should dictate which art is superior to others. But there are people who believe that some art is objectively better and thus everyone should be forced to support it for their own good. This is either elitism or just plain selfishness (usually disguised as elitism).

When the National Endowment for the Arts was awarded an extra $50m (£31.4m) of public money in President Obama’s fiscal stimulus package, it was denounced as wasteful spending that would do nothing to lift the economy.

If this is not wasteful spending, then what is? Special interests are going to have a ball under the Obamas.

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Blogger Alicia said...

Inane. Even your headline quote is incorrect. I suggest a history lesson. Capitalism as we know it was spurred by the Renaissance. Certainly looting, plundering, and enslavement has occurred since the 14th century.

November 04, 2009 7:48 AM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

People with reading disabilities should not read this blog. The headline isn't saying that looting, plundering and enslavement have not existed since the ascendancy of capitalism. Instead, it says that capitalism made it possible for individuals to acquire wealth without having to resort to looting, plundering and enslavement.

Moreover, it wasn't until the late 18th century that capitalism replaced mercantilism and even then only in some regions.

November 04, 2009 9:32 PM  

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