Why do you have to have my tax money for a "civil society" as you see a civil society? PBS/NPR should stand or fall on its ability to fund itself. I have no interest in the left of left, left wing politics espoused by the stations, why should I have to help pay for a left wing political agenda? If the market place will not support radio and television stations they should be gone. Bottom line, spend your money, not mine. Right wing communications stands on its own merit; why not left wing?