On the Dismantling of America Culture
'My interests in politics began when I noticed that I acted differently than I spoke, that I had seen 'the government' commit sixty years of fairly unrelieved and catastrophic error nationally and internationally, that I not only hated every wasted hard-earned cent I spent in taxes, but the trauma and misery the produced...'
For the past thirty years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining forces in theatre and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system.
But in recent years, Mament has had a change of heart. He has realised that the so-called mainstream media oustlets he relied on were irredeemably biased, peddling a hypocritical and deeply flawed worldview. In 2008, he wrote a hugely controversial op-ed for The Village Voice, 'Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal,'' in which he methodically evisceratesd liberal beliefs. Now he goes much deeper, employing his trademark intellectual force and vigor to take on all the key politicaal and cultural issues of our times, from religion to political correctness to global warming. A sample-
The problems facing us, faced by all mankind engaged in Democracy, may seem complex, or indeed insolvable, and we, in despair, may revert to a state of wish fulfillment - a state of 'belief' in the power of various experts presenting themselves as a cure for our indecision. But this a sort of Stockholm Syndrome. Here, the capives, unable to bear the anxiety occasioned by their powerlessness, supress it by identifying with their captors.
This is the essence of Lefist thought. It is a devolution from reason to 'belief,' in an effort to stave off a feeling of powerlessness. And if government is Good, it is a logical elaboration that more government power is Better. But the opposite is apparent to anyone who has ever had to deal with Government and, I think, to any dispassionate observer.
It is in sympathy with the first and in the hope of enlarging the second group that I have written this book.
Mamet pulls no punches in his art or in his politics. And as a former liberal who woke up, he will win over an entirely new audience of others who have grown irate over America's current direction.
DAVID MAMET is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, film director and essayist. Some of his most famous works include the ilms, The Untouchable, The Verdict, and Wag the Dog, the last two nominated for an Academy Award, and many plays, including, American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Right and left (Political science) -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
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