by John Stoehr
from The Age, a major daily in Australia —J.S.
There are two reasons why a conservative government should intervene in cultural issues. First, the public does care about the culture wars. Second, the culture wars are not about culture. Of course, questions of cultural taste should be left as far as possible to individuals and civil society — but this is not what the culture wars are about. The culture wars are about what governments do and what governments provide money for.
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