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04/19/2003 Entry: "For future reference: bush junta and the arts"

For future reference: gwbush and the arts

Answering ME in her LJ today:

I dunno ME, this confused me a lot:

"In Washington, D.C., the arts enjoy bipartisan support absent during the late 20th century 'culture wars.' Despite looming federal deficits and impending war, President Bush proposed funding the National Endowment for the Arts at its current $117.5 million level (by law, 40% of which must go directly to state arts agencies), while ratcheting up the National Endowment for the Humanities to $152 million and boosting funding for the Institute for Museums and Library Science from $32 million to $242 million. The Smithsonian Institution would get an increase of $38 million to $567 million, and the National Gallery of Art a $6 million hike to $100.4 million."
http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/2003/04/15/cx_0415hot.html

But then there was this

UN conceals Picasso's "Guernica" for Powell's presentation
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/feb2003/guer-f08.shtml

And it's not just the gov

"But a funny thing happened. Fairly recently, Time pulled the essay off of their site. It used to be at this link, which now gives a 404 error. If you go to the table of contents for the issue in which the essay appeared (2 March 1998), "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam" is conspicuously absent."
http://www.thememoryhole.org/mil/bushsr-iraq.htm

The museum and library in Baghdad are, in my mind, part of a larger crime against humanity, which would include art
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2585884

They don't like dissent, so the poetry thing got cancelled on the vague rumor that there might be an anti-war poem or two.
http://www.ccchronicle.com/back/2003-02-17/arts3.html

I guess what is also telling is that if you put "bush administration" and "arts" into google, just not very much comes up. Hm.

So aside from Ashcroft the idiot, I haven't heard much anti-art stuff. But the bush gang are after bigger fish than Robert Mapplethorpe and, despite world wide protest, they seem to be catching them. This being the case, they can strangle the arts and airbrush history in their spare time. Just this climate of fear is enough to destroy the arts without anyone in power lifting a finger to do so.

 

 

 

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