Wednesday, March 12, 2008

David Mamet Writes Better Than You Do

And better than I do. village voice > news > David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal' by David Mamet A favorite author of mine; he's a playwright actually.

He asks the question, "Can you change your mind?"
John Maynard Keynes was twitted with changing his mind. He replied, "When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?"
He changed his mind.
I recognized that I held those two views of America (politics, government, corporations, the military). One was of a state where everything was magically wrong and must be immediately corrected at any cost; and the other—the world in which I actually functioned day to day—was made up of people, most of whom were reasonably trying to maximize their comfort by getting along with each other (in the workplace, the marketplace, the jury room, on the freeway, even at the school-board meeting).

And I realized that the time had come for me to avow my participation in that America in which I chose to live, and that that country was not a schoolroom teaching values, but a marketplace.
Just go read it. [Via Rachel]

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