(in "Third Man") Harry Lime (Orson Welles) says, "You know what the fellow said...in Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
Based on that theory the United States is due for an artistic renaissance the likes of which the world has never seen.
A tip of the Jersey Stetson to Mrs. Jersey for the idea.