I was really encouraged by the Trump administration’s recent budget proposal because it included the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It’s about time!
Unsurprisingly, the proposal was met with anger by most in the humanities. For instance, the American Association of University Professors drafted an open letter of opposition, calling for members to sign it. At publication time, their homepage also featured a petition against the administration’s immigration executive order, a story on how Neil Gorsuch is a threat to civil rights and worker rights, and an invitation for professors to add their names to a letter sent to the Professor Watchlist, requesting that all signees be added to the watchlist in order to protect those already on the list. Clearly, their opposition with respect to the budget is part of a general opposition to conservatism. What a bunch of political lackeys for the left!
Probably of greater interest to the readers of this blog is the position of the American Philosophical Association. Last week, the APA sent this email to its members:
This morning, the Trump administration issued a budget framework calling for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other cultural agencies.
In response, the American Philosophical Association is partnering with the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) to urge supporters of the humanities to call and/or email their members of Congress. Please join us in opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate funding for the NEH.
The NHA’s email and phone patch-through system makes it quick and easy to contact your representatives. I urge you to take advantage of the system and to call and email your members of Congress today.
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
In case you were on the fence about whether it is good to defund the NEH and the NEA, this should settle it for you. If the worthless APA opposes the NEH and the NEA’s elimination, then I’m all for it! And, if you still need more evidence, recall the history of the NEH and NEA. They were both brought into existence by the passage of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, signed on September 29, 1965 by Lyndon Johnson. Clearly, the agencies were created by progressives for the advancement of progressivism. The the NEH’s history webpage describes the bill as, “… the culmination of a movement calling for the federal government to invest in culture…” No. The bill was the culmination of a movement calling for the federal government to invest in progressive culture.
The humanities were fine before the federal government decided to meddle with what counts as worthy projects to fund and what doesn’t. They’ll be fine if we return to that. Frankly, I find it pathetic that the very people who claim to be the intellectual descendants of Socrates—the man who could have saved his life by simply sidling up to the state but refused out of principle—are now living on the state’s teat.
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