Should Artists Suffer For Their Art?

Ireland just introduced a new dole, a social welfare for unemployed artists. It’s 200 euro a week, in your pocket, no questions asked. Soon as I heard this, my gut reaction was “can’t be, it’s too good to be true”. And that feeling has stuck with me, even as I read through the government statement, and read through the reasoning behind the decision — but, then a new feeling accompanied my doubt, a kind of murky damp rage. At…