The "Show the rioters who's boss" thread has spawned a debate about the role of fine arts within our society, and how much the taxpayer should subsidize it. Focus: Should fine arts and the arts (think dance, music, visual arts, English majors, etc) have the same degree of subsidy within their education system that a practical degree (think engineering, medicine, IT, the trades) does? Should it be equally as costly to get a degree in English or Dance, should it be cheaper, or does it matter? Also, if a particular field has low employment numbers presently, should that in any way influence the cost of the program in university? Should we, as a society, pay for people to graduate with degrees they will not use?