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Julian Johnson - Who Needs Classical Music? To talk of art as cultural capital recalls the attitude that made the slave trade possible. People, too, can be made to be things and commodities, signs of economic status; but fundamental to our notion of humanity is the sense that who and what we are exceeds such misappropriation. We vehemently oppose such a reduction of what we consider to be inalienable and irreducible: the absolute value of the human spirit. Those who devalue art today point to the fact the only in the last few hundred years has our society privileged certain work and activities as art and promoted them to an almost sacred status. But it is no coincidence that this has taken place at the very same time that the rationalization of human life—both private and public—has severely threatened the idea of the individuals' value by making them dispensable units in a quantitative system. The high value accorded to art, classical music included, derives from its opposition to the social devaluation of the particular and individual. In a social world in which individuals become increasingly interchangeable and dispensable, art dwells on the particular and finds in it something of absolute value. Julian Johnson, Who Needs Classical Music?

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