Humanities and the Political Process
In most nations the humanities require a base of financial support from government, or government related organizations as a basis of funding. Thus the political structure, and its cultural attitudes and proclivities, are most influential in determining where the funding is directed. Yet politicians are poorly equipped, or for that matter, interested in humanities, or for that matter, cultural life. This paper addresses recent cultural attitudes of the United States government by examining what is selected, or not selected, for funding and support. Statements, actions, and financial support as well as "political taste preferences" are examined and analyzed.
Keywords: Political Process and Humanities, Political Process and Cultural Life
Dr. Robert Earl Fidoten
Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Slippery Rock University