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Jason Alexander from Seinfeld Opposes Public Funding for the Arts

Generally speaking, celebrities in the entertainment industry tend to lean towards socialism on economic issues. Ironically, many of them are wealthy self-starters whose work would have been entirely too shocking to receive public funding and who only succeeded after years of hard work. However, artists, musicians, writers, actors, and other artistic professionals tap into emotion on a level that most can’t, and, as such, the community has a tendency, on the whole, to rationalize matters in terms of feelings, rather than logic.

Jason Alexander, the actor who played George Costanza on Seinfeld, recently broke the mold with his comments opposing public funding for the arts. According to Alexander, public funds should go to necessities, particularly when the nation is in a financial crisis. He also questioned the morality of spending people’s tax revenues on artistic programming that they might not like.


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Mises -

"There can be no freedom in art and literature where the government determines who shall create them."

"Whom should the government entrust with the task of deciding whether a newcomer is really a great painter or not? It would have to rely on the judgment of the critics, and the professors of the history of art who are always looking back into the past yet who very rarely have shown the talent to discovery new genius."

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com