Tuesday, August 25, 2009

music funding

Before I justify the comments I made in my column which has attracted the wrath of the socialists, first I must make it quite clear that I did not say that funding should be for young artists only! That headline was fabricated by a staff member (editor or sub-editor) at the BOP Times.

I brought this to the attention of the editor pointing out that I cannot afford to have words put into my mouth because of the principled stand I make on these issues, and a retraction was printed on page two the following day.

My view on this issue for those that missed that retraction are as follows: "Government funding" - or the redistribution of other peoples money to those who seek it - should not be available to anybody, and that musicians and artists should stand on their own achievements rather than be artificially inflated with other peoples money.

As for everything else, I steadfastly stand by everything I said.

The reason I wrote my column on the subject of Government funding in music and the arts was as follows.

First Margaret Wilson threatened to get involved in the local music scene - a scene that is envied by musicians all around the country and that has prospered and flourished without any government assistance that I am aware of.

Then a BOP Times columnist explained in great depth how much easier it is going to be to get your hands on funding, and the just recently, another BOP Times columnist told us that ratepayers should be forced to pay more to council so they can provide us with a long list of attractions that private enterprise could provide better, more efficiently and without the use of force!

Where were the objections to these immoral and one sided socialist ideologies ? - Not a "baaa" was to be heard!

On any topic if only one side of an argument is presented, how are people to make an informed decision.

Jane Wrightson, chief executive of NZ On Air uses the "Ad populum" fallacy to publicly denounce my statements, ie: the arguer takes advantage of the desire most people have to be liked and to fit in with others and uses that desire to try to get the audience to accept his or her argument. One of the most common versions is the bandwagon fallacy, in which the arguer tries to convince the audience to do or believe something because everyone else (supposedly) does.

Because other columnists seemed to have no qualms in announcing their popularist views, I thought I would let readers know there is a different side of the story

In their constant search for supporters the looters are delving ever more regularly into the vulnerable arts and music fraternity who are generally not overly political people, but who are susceptible to being bribed with promises of wads of other peoples money.

Socialism is a runaway train picking up speed, and getting harder to stop by the day.

I have seen the runaway train and trying to raise the alarm, but it seems most are too interested in watching the ensuing wreck and to do anything about it!

It’s a sorry place we live in when every socialist on a soapbox - demanding to be given other peoples money - is accepted as moral and acceptable behaviour, but one person points out that it is immoral, he is slammed for political grandstanding!

By simply exposing the immorality of a bunch of looters intent on using force on others to get what doesn’t belong to them, I’m accused of political grandstanding!

On top of that, since when did one of the ten commandments - ie “thou shalt not steal” become a political issue since when JC was a boy it has been a“moral” issue?

Graham Clark


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