"Why do these questions seem to plague the arts community more than other sectors?" asks a commenter.
These questions plague our whole system. Why do billionaires who dodge on taxes (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-mic…
) get to tell us what diseases should be cured, what games should be played, what plays should be shown?
Because we LET THEM! They suck up resources while they make themselves wealthy without paying taxes on their wealth and then play King Louis doling dribs and drabs on the things they fancy.
We all need to be artists, play sports and involve ourselves in the arts. If we did that, we would not have to sit on our tuffets and wait for Mr. Big Stuff to fund us.
Oh, and yes, we need to convert our political system to one that is managed by the people it serves. We know better what is needed than billionaires.