[NetBehaviour] [spectre] looks like Slovenia might be next

simon swht at clear.net.nz
Sat Jun 18 13:30:00 CEST 2011

cultural value is being substituted for economic value, yes ... as the 
state sells out ... to its own hunger for justification, authenticity, 
that "altes Europa" rag ... and betrays itself.


On 18/06/11 22:21, Ana Valdés wrote:
> But I think this is the state subvencionaed cultural model which is 
> being contested in the newliberal system. The state as donor and 
> keeper of a cultural status being paid by taxes is being substituted 
> for the market and the idea only the culture who is able to be soid 
> iin a open market can survive.
> A kind "survival of the fit" in the cultural plane. Very narrowmionded 
> and dangerous, only mainstream culture would survive.
> Ana
> On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 1:17 AM, simon <swht at clear.net.nz 
> <mailto:swht at clear.net.nz>> wrote:
>     respectrespectrespectre...
>     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.
>     Best,
>     Simon Taylor
>     www.squarewhiteworld.com <http://www.squarewhiteworld.com>
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