[NetBehaviour] [spectre] looks like Slovenia might be next
swht at clear.net.nz
Sat Jun 18 01:17:34 CEST 2011
reading with interest the causes and claims, from Nederlands, to Brasil,
Slovenia, England, cutting funding for the arts and culture, I would
like humbly to submit another explanation, other, that is, than economic
expediency, or ignorance and gross (and net) stupidity on the part of
policy-makers. The state is scared.
I would suggest that it is the institutional throat that is being cut,
having seen a similar culling of institutions in NZ: cutting funding
goes together with removing the autonomy of arts and cultural
institutions, same as universities - any erstwhile politically
autonomous institution, and therefore locus of critique. But when I say
critique, I mean at the level of a power, which is that of institutions,
of the power.
Where is the undermining of the power actually occurring that
governments might be frightened? At a wholly other level. Yet the muting
of institutional critique can be seen as a reaction to certain events,
the recent financial crisis among them, the ongoing crisis around energy
consumption/production - and its economics - included. I suggest this
muting to be in reaction and to entail two actions on the part of states
and nations: cutting funding to and removing autonomy from educational,
arts and cultural institutions.
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