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    David Mamet Joins the Right

    By Kyle | March 17, 2008

    Practically each paragraph of David Mamet’s lengthy essay in the Village Voice, “Why I Am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal,” is a knockout punch to the left or a statement of conservative principles not all that different in philosophical underpinnings (though very different in language) from the message of the departed William F. Buckley Jr.

    Yes, the formerly flamingly liberal playwright David Mamet has taken a hard right turn, realizing that the la-la liberal dream has little to with reality. I always counted Mamet as one of those lefties who was too talented to ignore but what a joy it is to see him joining our team. (Maybe Martin Amis will be next?) To cite just one juicy graf:

    And so I, like many of the liberal congregation, began, teeth grinding, to attempt to [imagine things from the opposite point of view]. And in doing so, I recognized that I held those two views of America (politics, government, corporations, the military). One was of a state where everything was magically wrong and must be immediately corrected at any cost; and the other–the world in which I actually functioned day to day–was made up of people, most of whom were reasonably trying to maximize their comfort by getting along with each other (in the workplace, the marketplace, the jury room, on the freeway, even at the school-board meeting).

    And I realized that the time had come for me to avow my participation in that America in which I chose to live, and that that country was not a schoolroom teaching values, but a marketplace.

    Topics: Politics, Theater | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “David Mamet Joins the Right”

    1. Mo Says:
      March 18th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

      here’s another article on it, where he touches on something that’s become obvious to me as well.

      http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23398835-7583,00.html

      Issues on the Left are about emotional responses to problems. Issues on the Right are intellectual responses to problems.

    2. John Doraemi Says:
      March 19th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

      Mamet’s rant is full of convoluted half-truths, ignorance, and several outright lies — much like you would expect from the neocons.

      Hollywood’s Newest Neo-Con: David Mamet Chugs the Kool-Aid

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