Cultural Entrepreneurship

Arts and entrepreneurship. Few of us think of artists as entrepreneurs or of economic capitalism as art-friendly. Jeffrey Tucker, who hints that he just might be a bit of an art snob, (“Dancing to me means ballet. Popular fiction I find insulting in every way. Kids, in my view, should spend their time mastering piano rather than gaming on computers.”) says that may be a false dichotomy.

To illustrate his point, Tucker offers three home grown vignettes wherein individuals’ innovation, risk-taking, and hard work introduced into a community genuine virtuosity of the caliber that, by his exceedingly high standard, qualifies as “Art.” You can read Tucker’s article, “How to Improve the Culture,” here.

To increase the availability of quality art, Tucker doesn’t call for more public funding, the oft-heard cry of the industry. The best way to encourage great art, he says, is capitalism.  “Today, cultural entrepreneurs are seriously inhibited in their innovations by high taxes, regulations, and mandated benefits. This produces fewer attempts to improve our world than there would otherwise be. What we need is … more freedom for cultural entrepreneurship, and more individual initiative.”

“Capitalism makes more of everything available to the consumer. That means more … great literature and high-level music, all of which is accessible as never before.”

This post first appeared in the Salvo Signs of the Times blog.

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