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Should governments fund liberal arts degrees?
Government funding liberal arts degrees is regressive: it forces poorer people to pay for richer people's education.
Students from lower-income families
tend not to study liberal arts
, instead opting for majors such as computer science, maths, and physics.
Students who study English and History at university tend to come from
families with higher household incomes
than those who study other subjects.
Every state compels its citizens to fund certain services even when they do not personally benefit from those services.
Richer people provide the vast majority of government revenue, and tend to demand few government services in return. Even if it is true that they benefit from state-funded liberal arts education, they are still net contributors to the state.
If few low-income people feel able to take liberal arts courses, that should prompt the state to invest more in these courses, and make them more affordable, not less.