2009-02-20 Issue10 - TOPIC ISSUE10"Governments must ensure...

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TOPIC: ISSUE10 - "Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive, because it is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated." WORDS: 485 TIME: 00:32:17 DATE: 2009-2-20 16:21:17 W The speaker's aclaim is actually threefold: (1) ensuring the survival of large cities and, in turn, that of cultural traditions is a proper function of government; (2) government support is needed for our large cities and cultureal traditions are preserved and generated primarily in our large cities. I strongly disagree with all three claims. First of all, subsidizing cultural traditions is not a proper role of government. Admittedly, certain objectives such as public health and safety, are so essential to the survival of large cities and of nations that government has a duty to ensure that they are met. Howerver, these ojectives should not extend tenuously to preserving cultural traditions. Moreover, government cannot possibly play an
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