American Society and the Control of Art Essay by Winston

American Society and the Control of Art
This paper looks at personal freedoms in the capitalist democracy of the United States.
# 4944 | 2,095 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | BE
Published on May 30, 2002 in History (U.S. After 1865) , Political Science (U.S.) , Philosophy (History) , Art (General)

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This essay examines the question of law and values by briefly reviewing the opinions of two prominent American leaders, one a Court of Appeals judge and the other a Republican politician and lawyer. The primary focus of this paper is to discuss the role of government in regulating, standing neutral or being protective and even supportive of free artistic expression.

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"I take issue with Hyde's essay and many of his assumptions and interventionist thoughts, but first I must say that I do believe that government sponsorship of the arts, if it has no limits on its content or scope, is a mistaken public policy that causes more societal division and debate than any benefits that comes from the policy. Even the acceptance of Hyde's extreme positions on the purpose of art will not help solve this unavoidable problem of differing views of artistic merit. A libertarian like John Hospers would say that the government has no power to take taxes from all of us and give the money to artists anyway. My fundamental problem with Hyde's views on society and the control of art rests on some of his assumptions. First, his is a pessimistic view of the modern artist and human nature. Allowing artistic freedom seems to me to be a positive and non-skeptical view of humankind and a recognition of our fundamental desire to cooperate and learn from each other. He assumes that Andres Serrano meant to offend with his Piss Christ work, despite the artist's protestations that the work is a Christian commentary on the debasement of religion in modern America (Burr and Goldinger 355)."

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