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Five reasons Congress hates the arts

February 9, 2009 | 11:45 am


America's culture industry looks like it will by bypassed in the jobs bill to stimulate the collapsing economy, which is working its way through Congress this week.

Here are five reasons I believe Congress hates the arts:

  • The culture industry is cosmopolitan, so flag-waving options are few.
  • The culture industry is pluralistic, but Congress is only marginally so.
  • As corporations, arts institutions are nonprofit, so there's no money to be made via lobbyists.
  • Culture is girlie, not manly.
  • The arts often look at sexual experience -- eek!

Got any others?

-- Christopher Knight