After Congress regrettably voted to restore funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the umbrella organization for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), I want to draw your attention to an excellent piece in favor of defunding the CPB and privatizing the National Endowment for Arts as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. In their piece on Culture Agencies from the Cato Handbook for Congress, David Boaz and Sheldon Richman write:
In a society that constitutionally limits the powers of government and maximizes individual liberty, there is no justification for the forcible transfer of money from taxpayers to artists, scholars, and broadcasters. If the proper role of government is to safeguard the security of the nation’s residents, by what rationale are they made to support exhibits of paintings, symphony orchestras, documentaries, scholarly research, and radio and television programs they might never freely choose to support? The kinds of things financed by federal cultural agencies were produced long before those agencies were created, and they will continue to be produced long after those agencies are privatized or defunded.
As with anything by David Boaz, I highly recommend that you read the whole thing.