In the GroenLinks/GreenLeft party for instance, the following text was proposed: ‘Art challenges. Art may make things start moving, it pops up at unexpected places, it may connect people and question them. Art is the driver of an open and progressive society, the creative antidote of efficiency thinking and of the ongoing coarsening of the public debate. Fortunately, art is also free and has value for itself. Art education is important. It stimulates creativity and inventiveness in our rapidly changing world.’
Indeed, a very general statement that in many aspects is open to debate. Fortunately it has been translated in specific policy proposals. This party claims to be ‘visionary’ and ‘progressive’ so maybe we should forgive that some of those proposals lack realism.