Roger L. Simon

Mamet Goes Public

People alerted me to David Mamet’s article in the Village Voice – Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’– wondering if the playwright/filmmaker had been reading this blog. I doubt it, but I would be flattered if he had. In any case, it’s a cause for celebration when anyone breaks with the sclerotic Hollywood-Broadway orthodoxy – and when it’s someone as distinguished as Mamet, it could be cause for a holiday. His words:

I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind.

As a child of the ’60s, I accepted as an article of faith that government is corrupt, that business is exploitative, and that people are generally good at heart.

These cherished precepts had, over the years, become ingrained as increasingly impracticable prejudices. Why do I say impracticable? Because although I still held these beliefs, I no longer applied them in my life.

Who does?