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Should governments fund liberal arts degrees?
In a democratic society, a basic grounding in liberal arts is necessary to be a good citizen.
An education in political language, process, and history equips citizens with a greater ability to understand their representatives and their actions, and a knowledge of how to hold them to account.
Liberal arts subjects teach the skills that citizens need to avoid falling for misinformation and propaganda.
Studying liberal arts can give citizens powerful moral insights, which can inform democratic decision-making.
Democratic societies are based on the idea that anyone over the legal voting age has a right to vote based on their lived experience up until that point, and they do not require any level of education beyond that.
Without an education in liberal arts people would make decisions based on a
. There is no reason to assume that they would make worse decisions.
Secondary and even primary schools already provide sufficient education in liberal arts. There is no need for government-funded degrees as well.
Comprehensive general education requirements, such as those in many
, could provide sufficient civic, social, historical, and philosophical educations for non-liberal arts graduates.