Here's another one from someone I actually consider a friend. He's a professional musician, but these kinds of things just frustrate me: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/opinion/sunday/slaves-of-the-internet-unite.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
"Ours is a mixed economy, with the gift economy of the arts existing (if not exactly flourishing) within the inhospitable conditions of a market economy, like the fragile black market in human decency that keeps civilization going despite the pitiless dictates of self-interest."
I mean, the Minneapolis Orchestra is on strike because they don't want to take a pay cut. They make $113k/yr base right now, and my understanding is they are trying to cut the base salary down to something like $100k/yr (again that is just base). I have no problem with them striking if they want, but they act like the system is awful when a professional artist can make more than twice the average household income. What is wrong with the arts being beholden to market conditions?