The Conservatives are Purposefully Cutting Funding for the Arts as a Planned Strategy Against Progressivism and Liberalism in America
Conservatives have long had a Powell memo strategy against progressive liberals, cutting the funding to the arts (like PBS, NPR, and the NEA) is part of it.
The idea is that since FDR (and even Wilson) America has headed in a progressive direction, and at the helm of that movement has often, but always, been the Democratic Party (well the liberal and progressive Democrats like Kennedy, Obama, and Bernie at least).
Here I could note that the Democrats used to be the Party of slavery, but that infowars talking point ignores the southern strategy used to woo the socially conservative South to the Republican Party from Goldwater and sort of takes away from the topic at hand.
The topic at hand being a coordinated strategy of the Conservative Coalition (at times in both parties, today mostly just in the Republican party) against liberal America.
Their charge is that “the liberal elite” (neoliberals, talking heads on PBS, university professors, Hollywood, etc) push a progressive (AKA socialist and Marxist) message to the masses by using government funding to fund biased “liberal media” like PBS as an outlet.
The concept is thus, if they can stop PBS, they can stop the left from spreading its message on the tax payer dime.
That is sound logic on some level (to the extent that those groups of people do tend to be more liberal), but on another level, the result is a war on education and the arts (where here we are talking about the arts specifically, but the attack on teachers and universities is a subject not far removed).
I’m not making this up, just read: Trump is right to cut PBS/NPR funding. It’s just elitist propaganda anyway. The special interest “big business” wants to get rid of videos like the following:
Interest Groups: Crash Course Government and Politics #42. PBS explains political factions in a centered way (which apparently isn’t good enough for the Newts of the world).
So, is there some logic here? Again, yes. The logic is that free-enterprise folks tend to work in business, and hippy liberals tend to go into education, the arts, and science. The activist right charges that hippies are pushing an anti-market message that is bad for America, so they want to John Birch Society us back to 1900 (before all that feminism and civil rights “Big Government”, and all that New Deal and Great Society “Big Government”, and even all that New Freedom “Big Government”).
In other words, they don’t just want to cut education, the arts, and science. They are going after all the social safety net programs using Nationalism, Military funding, and Dog Whistle politics as a smoke screen (stealing FDR’s “the forgotten man” line, but knowing they have no interest in bringing back coal jobs that are never coming back, saying they want to “fix healthcare”, but only offering tax cuts for the wealthy, etc).
That is what all right-wing media from PragerU to think tanks like Heritage are about, that is what the law maker ALEC is about, and most of those who fund the GOP are about it too (now more than ever since Citizens United and the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, which are both part of this same sixth party strategy; you don’t have to trust me, just follow the money).
Its all a coordinated strategy of the oligarchs (those who come to power through wealth) based on their ideology (and here i’m not even calling out their “Oh, Dear” tactics meant to confuse the public with half-truths, I’m just talking about a budget that calls itself “America First” and tries to defund the arts as clear as day).
Well look, I love Mises, but no where in his work does it suggest such low-brow nonsense. No, their tactics are the America First and Know-Nothing tactics (the very low brow version that uses lies and attacks and doesn’t even bother to reach across the aisle).
FACT: Conservatives have been promising to cut funding for decades. Newt Gingrich and the Republican Revolution of 1994 wanted to cut federal funding for PBS and NPR, but failed. When the Tea Party took over the House in 2010, they likewise failed to pass the promised cuts. This time, conservatives control both houses of Congress. Learn more at Breitbart. This has nothing to do with Trump’s America First budget, it is known and well documented right-wing strategy against liberals that Trump is participating in.
TIP: The following video is meant for impact. It is an example of what sort of progressivism has become the boogyman of the right, and it is also calling out the usage of the term “America First” (which is a term used by a group of Americans who supported fascists; look it up, its not unrelated).
The Hidden Secrets of the ‘America First’ Movement. Conservatives are scared of people like Thom Hartmann, so they do what Thom Hartmann accuses them of (which is being quasi-fascists and using dog whistles). I strongly feel the answer is in the center, but when in Rome, right?
Of course the Arts aren’t the only thing on the list, science is on the list, liberal Hollywood is on the list, feminism, LGBT, liberal education, all of it.
It all has a target and Trump is toeing the line of those who want it gone hook, line, and sinker.
Liberal and progressive America is under attack and the line has been drawn.
It is now time to take the kid gloves are off, time to make sure all of America understands the strategy behind Brietbart, the National Review, Fox News, and the rest of the cabal of free-market propagandists.
We must say no to privatizing the arts.
It isn’t a spending issue, it is a coordinated attack on the American left and its 60 plus million voters.
FACT: President Donald Trump’s very first budget was nothing but an attack on liberals. That is not an opinion, that is a fact. Page 11 of the “America First” budget ends federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) — which, in turn, supports National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).CPB’s annual federal funding of roughly $445 million — a minuscule fraction of the federal budget — is one of the items reportedly on the chopping block. The U.S. government collected $2.99T in tax revenues and spent a total of $3.54T in its 2016 budget, resulting in a deficit of $552B that year. The total net-worth of America is about 100 times our budget with our 2014 assets at least $269.6 trillion. This isn’t’ a budget item, it is an attack on our American values from the far-right. SAD!
The Brainwashing of My Dad Trailer. This documentary explains that strategy.