“You’re asking me, how can people live without some sense that there’s an ultimate truth or ultimate scale of values, and I don’t know but I don’t any longer think that this is just a transitional phase, that we’re moving on to some other more settled period. You know I think were culturally in a phase of permanent revolution. (Stuart Hall, speaking on the BBC in the late1980s)
It is the vanity of every age to consider itself in crisis. Moreover, it is emblematic of both the history of UK cultural policy and more directly the psychodynamics of the subsidised arts
for this mode of crisis to be both perpetual and endlessly new. Cultural policies need not serve democratic purposes.”
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