Started Jun 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
plevyadophy Veteran Member • Posts: 4,258

D Cox wrote:

Sarcasmo wrote:

Regulating the arts would be pretty funny though.

It was done in Soviet Russia and in Nazi Germany. Emil Nolde, for instance, was banned from painting and had to produce his watercolours in secret.

We've all been to the gallery where we balked at the canvas painted in one solid color hanging on the wall.

You: "What the heck is that?"

L'Artiste: "It do you say...solitude."

You: "Uh huh. I'm gonna need to see your painting license."

The whole idea of requiring licenses before a person can practice some occupation is typical of socialism, and the concept of "directed labour".

It only makes sense where incompetence is actually dangerous, as in surgery or large scale building construction.

Another bad idea is the rule that a person must have a degree (or even a post-graduate degree) before standing for a political office.

It's funny you should mention having a degree for political office; I was shocked when on our international news here in the U.K. there was the case of some, I think German, politico who had to resign because he didn't have the doctorate he claimed he had. As the story was told, it wasn't the deciet for which he had to resign but the fact that he lacked a doctorate. I found that stupid in the extreme; he wasn't required to resign because of inability to do the job but simply because he didn't have a particular academic qualification (a qualification which no doubt would have be been acadamic rather than vocational and therefore having very little bearing on the job he was doing). Strange, very strange. But then, it's my understanding, please correct me if I am wrong, that in Germany there is regulation of photographers.

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