The Public Interest

Art - by-act-of-Congress

Jacques Barzun

Fall 1965

Three unrelated causes– the cold war, the hunger of the mass media, and the temperament of the presidential Kennedys, husband and wife– have made art and culture in the United States for the first time a political concern. During the few months of the present administration more than a hundred bills have been drafted to establish a bureau of the arts or an academy of the humanities, so as to put the oldest republican government in the business formerly carried on by Medicis and French Kings. 

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