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I agree with you that music should be something that everyone can engage in

Posted by: David ( USA ) on January 15, 19100 at 11:47:42:

In Reply to: You misunderstand (a Marxist primer on art) posted by Barry Stoller on January 14, 19100 at 11:11:42:

: Indeed, in the socialist future, there will be MUCH MORE art and artistic expression than there is now (and many more contending schools of thought). Everyone will have the opportunity to pursue their muse, a muse that bourgeois social relations (and its ideology which DEFENDS these relations) LIMITS to only a small section of the population. The socialist future will be a future in which EVERYONE has the time---and cultural access---to pursue their muse.

Alright Barry, I understand your stance now. And I agree with you that music should be something that everyone can engage in, among other intellectual activities.
Now, do you think that music that was created during the renaissance and even in our present era would still be prevalent in a socialist society? For instance, in your future socialist society full of job rotation and neighborly love, would I still be able to, say, get a recording of Rigoletto? I doubt you would want to emulate China's approach to "bourgeoisie" music. I noticed the part about "sweeping aside bourgeois relations-- and bourgeois ideology" and I won't jump to conclusions about how it would be pursued in the realm of art.

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