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Americans Already Fund the Arts



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Reason editor Nick Gillespie is talking about defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on NPR right now:

In FY 2002, Americans spent $20 billion on arts and entertainment and donated $12.2 billion to charities that support the arts. Americans already support the arts, either by buying tickets or making donations. One of my arguments for defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is that it takes away this political sword of Damocles hanging over PBS and NPR, and most of the money the CPB provides would be replaced [by American viewers and listeners].


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