Shouldn’t Some Arts Institutions Be Allowed To Die?

So some Seattle arts groups find themselves financially imperiled. Again. Who says, asks Roger Downey, that failing arts groups ought to be bailed out just because they’re arts groups? “Even individual artists are expected to live by the economic rules that govern all the rest of us. Somehow only arts organizations are allowed to claim immunity from the laws of financial gravity; for them, there’s no connection between supply and demand, balanced budgets are for profiteers and sissies, and water runs uphill when we tell it to.”