CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

Should Artists Speak Out Against War?

The U.S. may be fighting two wars, but according to Alan Riding, it would be hard to tell judging by the response of artists alone.“Did we hear from American or British artists or writers on the morality of our involvement?” asked Riding, a journalist and author of And the Show Went On: Cultural Live in Nazi-Occupied Paris. “The answer, of course, is barely.”Riding conceded that “being in Los Angeles, I suppose artists include Hollywood movie stars,” among whom a few have spoken on the war, and others take up human rights causes. “Are we ready to heed them, or any others, on healthcare reform in the U.S. or massive budget cuts in the U.K. or indeed wars?” Riding asked. “Apparently not.”That has not been the case in other countries in other eras, Riding went on to explain, and particularly not …