"conservatives don't understand how important the arts are" No they get it, they just don't want poor people influencing culture.
@galdrakinn long before Covid19 the Tories round here (Suffolk/Essex) put considerable effort into erasing every trace of the cultural impact the rave scene had on this region, as part of "cleaning up the drugs culture and making roads safer". (in reality, kids now just go straight onto hard drugs and get into even worse addictions/crimes)
@galdrakinn also those with family/inherited wealth increasingly tend to be themselves socially conservative and/or religious so are far less likely to push any sort of boundaries with their art (before Covid I was investigating the local arts scene in seaside towns near me and its near 100% middle class boomers)
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