David Mamet on giving up “brain-dead” liberalism:
The play, while being a laugh a minute, is, when it’s at home, a disputation between reason and faith, or perhaps between the conservative (or tragic) view and the liberal (or perfectionist) view. The conservative president in the piece holds that people are each out to make a living, and the best way for government to facilitate that is to stay out of the way, as the inevitable abuses and failures of this system (free-market economics) are less than those of government intervention.
I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind.
It’s a helluva article, and kudos to The Village Voice for publishing it. Still, the best thing Mamet ever wrote was his ode to scotch in Playboy magazine a dozen years ago.