Arts to the left, arts to the right

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David Mamet has stirred lots of debate with his recent column in The Village Voice. The message can be boiled down to his line “I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind.”

You can read the full story here.

In the piece, the acclaimed playwright y tells of his own intellectual transition. But the piece got me thinking about a commonly held belief: The arts–and just about all creative folks–come from the left. (Cite exceptions, if you want, but this is the perception.)

So, how has this perceived or real left-leaning positively and negatively impacted the arts? Does the creative process, by nature, lead one in that direction? Or does the media and the market just focus on one side?

Could there ever be a pro-Bush play? A work off-Broadway that supported our country’s involvement in Vietnam? A Broadway musical with a right-wing hero?

Your thoughts?

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