View Poll Results: Should We Abolish The NEA?

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  • Yes, replace it with nothing.

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  • Yes, privatize it.

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  • Yes, localize it and let the states handle it.

    4 6.06%
  • No, keep it.

    22 33.33%
  • No, but it needs strong reforms.

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    If we were running a surplus that would be one thing. We are not so, dump it. Though on general principles it ought to be dumped anyhow. Its not the governments place to fund that.
    What general principles?

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flamethrower View Post
    Dump the NEA
    Use the savings to pay down the debt, or invest it in by sealing off the Mexican border.
    As Redress pointed out, the NEA barely makes up .0036% of the federal budget. If your focus were truly on paying off the debt, wouldn't reducing the military budget, demilitarizing police, abolishing the DHS, etc. save much more money than removing an art program?

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    What kind of reforms would you propose? Countless reforms have been proposed and put into effect, what makes these different? Would you be open to it being done at a more local level? Is there a good reason for why it needs to be done at a federal level?
    They already distribute 40% of their funding to the states to do what they want with it.
    But i would in general, actually have no idea how to start with "reforms". Not an expert, just sharing my narrow and uneducated opinion on the matter. But when there is controversy within the organization then it does generally signal it needs some sort of reforms.


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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Don't even know what that is, will research it.

    But, if a libertarian wants to abolish it, we should probably just keep it. /s

    Also, the culture underpinning the arts can be pretty elitist by virtue of its' nature.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I've heard many arguments, from both the left and the right, that the NEA should be abolished for a variety of reasons. Among them I have heard:

    -it is wasteful,

    -it turns art into cultural elitism,

    -it subsidizes obscene and pornographic art

    -it's unconstitutional.

    -it only funds "politically correct" art.

    What do you think? Should the NEA be abolished? If so, what should we replace it with if at all?
    To me, I think you're walking down a path that can very quickly go in a very bad direction when the government is paying for art like that. It's not long before the government is deciding what is and isn't acceptable in art.


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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    What general principles?

    Though on general principles it ought to be dumped anyhow. Its not the governments place to fund that.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flamethrower View Post
    Dump the NEA
    Use the savings to pay down the debt, or invest it in by sealing off the Mexican border.
    With as little as is going to the NEA, I'm not sure anyone would notice. Besides with free trade, we can't completely seal the Mexican border. We could, but it sure wouldn't be good for the economy to do so.


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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Should We Abolish The NEA?
    absolutely not.

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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    To me, I think you're walking down a path that can very quickly go in a very bad direction when the government is paying for art like that. It's not long before the government is deciding what is and isn't acceptable in art.
    Its been around since the Great Society of the 60s. The government has yet to start deciding what is and isn't acceptable art. Most countries have a publicly funded arts endowment. No more money than we spend on it, I don't see anything wrong with it.
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    Re: Should The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Be Abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I've heard many arguments, from both the left and the right, that the NEA should be abolished for a variety of reasons. Among them I have heard:

    -it is wasteful,

    -it turns art into cultural elitism,

    -it subsidizes obscene and pornographic art

    -it's unconstitutional.

    -it only funds "politically correct" art.

    What do you think? Should the NEA be abolished? If so, what should we replace it with if at all?
    I don't see it as a useful expenditure

    I'm ok with cutting it

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