Robert Eckhardt

There are plenty of things you can choose not to use but still subsidize with taxes; this is part of maintaining a civil society. A few examples are rural telephone service, k-12 education if you don’t have kids, the US Military, large parts of the food and drug administration if you are vegetarian, the TSA if you choose not to fly, etc.

PBS/NPR like all of these things is provided so that people who are unwilling or unable to spring for cable have access to quality national and international news. Furthermore they provide programming for children that isn’t designed to turn them into consumers.