In last night’s Quora answer I edited out my strong belief that health care is not a right. Even if a statement is simple, if it is also inflammatory it invites confusion. I didn’t want to distract from my goal of describing the moral problem of the poorly designed market. Access is a right, but payment to subsidize indulgent provision and use of it isn’t.
The same might be said for cultural arts. Society would deteriorate if we only had access to the arts created purely from profit motivated minds. Luckily, we are graced both by artists and medical care performers who creatively find ways to practice their art in financially prudent ways.
I haven’t acquired any taste for opera yet, but thankfully we can get the story of culture presented in many flavors and fashions. Other versions of lyric, music, and dramatic theater are quickly becoming more abundant in formats on and offline for those willing to seek them out and support their non-traditional revenue models. They will continue to flourish as more people figure out they can support their habits and make hobbies pay while avoiding ‘golden handcuffs’ of traditional versions of successful careerism.
As these formats become easier to find and share, many will also grow entertaining enough to have broader and broader appeal. This will save society from the savage Coliseums or various versions of future hunger games.
Cultural performers learned to be thrifty a long time ago - this article from The New York Times feels a bit stale, but the quote below, coming from a seeming cultural org. caveman, was too preciously quaint not to forward.
“Culture is a basic need,” said Andreas Stadler, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and president of the New York branch of the European Union National Institutes for Culture. “People should have the right to go to the opera.”