A Culture of Healthy Debate

I was happy to read your assertion that "Nobody takes culture more seriously than the French." That's right. Cultural creativity is alive and well in France — and in French. The French Culture Ministry spends $4.4 billion a year on the development and nourishment of culture, and I have never heard a word of complaint about the cost. The wonderful thing about "culture" — its very essence — is that it doesn't have an expiration date. Culture is not a competition. The United States and France share a high regard for culture, and for more than two centuries, our respective cultures...

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