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curated: neglecting the arts and sciences is the opposite of making America great

Warning: rant.


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  • Bluejay

    Trump and his enablers can’t see, or refuse to see, that everything is connected. America’s “greatness” isn’t something special and separate; it’s bound up with the greatness of contributions from people from all over the world. Prioritizing personal wealth and power over “American greatness” is shortsighted as well, because that “greatness” IS the foundation of his wealth and power. If you don’t look after the health of the nation’s educational system, institutions, industries, and cultural vibrancy, eventually the foundation collapses and you’re left with nowhere to stand. Of course, it’s vanishingly small comfort that Trump’s policies are going to come back around and bite him in the ass, because a LOT of people are going to be hurt before that happens.

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  • Bluejay

    And the ban expands. Here’s what they’re floating next:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-circulates-more-draft-immigration-restrictions-focusing-on-protecting-us-jobs/2017/01/31/38529236-e741-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html

    “The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post.”

    This administration is an utter abomination.

  • RogerBW

    A lot of this comes down as “to hell with you, I’ve got mine”.

  • Bluejay

    Yeah, which, again, is shortsighted. Because what’s “mine” ultimately depends on everyone else getting “theirs” as well.

  • RogerBW

    Not if you believe that the world is a zero-sum game – or your psychology, alas like that of many humans, works on comparatives (“I’ve got more than him”) rather than absolutes (“I’ve got enough to eat”).

  • Bluejay

    Yes, of course, but needless to say, that belief is wrong.

  • Danielm80

    I have a suspicion that there’s a circular pattern based on the community: Communities that don’t value the arts don’t support them, which means people will value and support them even less. On the other hand, communities that do value the arts will support them more and more.

    I’m much less confident about the second formula than about the first. But I feel really sorry for the artists and art lovers who grow up in the first community.

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