Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Brain-Dead Liberal on Brain-Dead Liberals

I... I... I, uh, just don't know what to say at this point.

I've only seen a little bit of David Mamet, and then only in film versions. I don't recall reading any of his work, but I must declare this to be his best writing ever.

According to him, he is no longer a brain-dead liberal.

Regarding the government, corporations, and the military:

...Are these groups infallible, free from the possibility of mismanagement, corruption, or crime? No, and neither are you or I. So, taking the tragic view, the question was not "Is everything perfect?" but "How could it be better, at what cost, and according to whose definition?" Put into which form, things appeared to me to be unfolding pretty well.

Do I speak as a member of the "privileged class"? If you will — but classes in the United States are mobile, not static, which is the Marxist view. That is: Immigrants came and continue to come here penniless and can (and do) become rich; the nerd makes a trillion dollars; the single mother, penniless and ignorant of English, sends her two sons to college (my grandmother). On the other hand, the rich and the children of the rich can go belly-up; the hegemony of the railroads is appropriated by the airlines, that of the networks by the Internet; and the individual may and probably will change status more than once within his lifetime.
(Emphasis mine.)

Looks like he's simply American. If any of his writing is that good, I'm just going to need to binge.

More people ought to read Mamet.



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