David Mamet has evolved. Perhaps the world’s greatest living playwright, Mamet describes his tranformation with elegant simplicity in the Village Voice:
What about the role of government? Well, in the abstract, coming from my time and background, I thought it was a rather good thing, but tallying up the ledger in those things which affect me and in those things I observe, I am hard-pressed to see an instance where the intervention of the government led to much beyond sorrow.
Too bad our government fetishists at NC Policy Watch can’t seem to uncloud their own lenses. Mamet did, and the whole toothpick framework of progressive ideology came down:
And I began to question my hatred for "the Corporations" — the hatred of which, I found, was but the flip side of my hunger for those goods and services they provide and without which we could not live. And I began to question my distrust of the "Bad, Bad Military" of my youth, which, I saw, was then and is now made up of those men and women who actually risk their lives to protect the rest of us from a very hostile world.
Harold ‘Pinky’ Pinter disagrees. But then again Pinter has as much trouble articulating anything in his own plays, much less on the questions about the nature of a free people. Anyhoo, props to David Mamet for his candor. He risks losing the self-hating thespians and champagne socialists of the salon who lap up his work like they lap up the hostile twaddle of the Koses and Krugmans of the world.
But I have to close with what Mamet says about the soft leftism of NPR:
"I felt my facial muscles tightening , and the words beginning to form in my mind: Shut the f–k up."
Read the whole thing. This is good stuff, almost as good as Oleanna…
(Update: The Locker Room‘s take is good. They like the juxtaposition of the ‘tragic view’ that the Framers assumed when founding our government.)