8:12 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By VICTORINO MATUS
During that post-panel dinner, there was also a question over whether the arts could only thrive in a democracy. At first blush, that seemed to make sense, owing to freedom of expression. But as others pointed out, it is also worth noting that some of the greatest works of poetry, prose, and music came from artists under duress in totalitarian states—courageous and moving protests that just wouldn't happen in peaceful, democratic settings. (There was also the matter of arts flourishing under the reign of Elizabeth I, the ancien régime, and so on.)
So how important is culture? Check out the links to this post for the answer. And read/watch The Monuments Men—it may even be worth the risk of one's life.
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