It’s commonly opined that artists, whether musical or visual artist or any art related field is commonly thought to be politically leaning Liberal Left. I believe the majority of Artists today are the Liberal left. This can be for many reasons. If you study it closely and understand the differences between the political spectrum you can come to a
better understanding of why. There are characteristics mostly associated with Liberals such Openness, Liberty and freedom. However, they’re not the only ones in the pool of artistry. Conservatives are rarer in this arena. But Liberals are the majority.
A common, simple way to understand the values of Liberal and Conservative would be to suggest that Liberals think with their heart – wearing their heart on their sleeve so to speak- while conservatives tend to think with their brain. The thought on this can be interchanged it is not they solely think way. But it’s a good mechanism understanding my point.
Openness to new ideas is common for liberals. It’s the same reason why they promote liberty, novel ideas, open borders. There is a common thread. Openness means freedom to have more novel ideas, abstractions and less sticking to the rules per se, having the ability to express. At face value these ideas are commonly the opposite among conservatives, they are not as open and do no prefer novel ideas etc. They prefer to “Stick with what works” or has worked.
Conservatives do no seek out novelty as much Liberals I ‘d argue, since it has been studied in many books. I write this because I came across it through Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion but also I thought about it as I’m currently reading John Powell’s book Why You Love Music.Even with the characteristics of musical preference it can be broken down to openness and receptiveness to new ideas. It’s becoming understood that people that enjoy complex forms of music such as jazz, classical, folk etc. are more associated with freer and liberal leaning thinking. The opposite is true for people that enjoy pop music and less intricate forms of music. It also has relation to extroversion and introversion.
Other factors included Agreeableness/ Conscientiousness and Ability to have new experiences. (http://vwordpress.stmarys-ca.edu/vgonzalez/2013/02/28/psychology-and-music-links-between-personality-and-musical-preference/)
I found this link between personality and musical preference interesting. Of course, their must be outliers. What of the outliers that mingle and transform and penetrate more spectrums of personality and political preference? It probably can all be measured, plotted on a graph.
Liberals’ generally stand for openness. They are heart over head. They require new stimulation. They prefer freedom of expression and less rule for principle.
However, Liberal artists have their strengths and weakness. For instance, sometimes artists make the mistake of becoming to open. I discussed this before in Why is Modern Art so bad. Openness can sometimes lead to too much abstraction and it can make something unprincipled and undefined.
It’s fantastic that science is now breaking down what people from a gut-instinct understand of artists through political affiliation or through personality. It helps in understanding the world around us.
I see mostly Liberals or Left leaning politics among my peers. Even with most artists/celebrities, they consistently discuss Liberal values.
This is not to say conservatives are not in the midst and do not create, or can’t be open to ideas. If anything it can be a tell-all to reveal that one is truly unique to not become like the mass of artists that are considerably Left leaning with solely Liberal principles.