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Why are artists liberal?

There’s a very interesting article on The Storytellers about why artists always seem to fall left-of-center politically. I’ve always seen this and, I’m ashamed to admit, probably just assumed it was because artists and creatives were smarter, more in touch, more sensitive, and, therefore, liberal (I guess I have some conservative prejudices). I thought the concept of stories being inherently liberal was an interesting concept that offers a good explanation:

Stories, by their nature, have some sort of conflict. Otherwise, they would be boring. Conflict, by its nature, has at least two sides. To be able to write these two sides well, the artist has to understand, deep inside, that both sides are equally human. The more he portrays the other side as human, the better the story. The less human the other side, the more flawed the story.

 

Read the entire article.

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Justin Dickinson

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