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David Mamet

David Mamet, who has written or otherwise worked on, among many other plays and films, The Verdict, Hoffa, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ronin, State and Main, and the magnificent Wag the Dog, wrote a piece in March for the Village Voice that got a lot of attention.

It was entitled, "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead' Liberal". Here are two key passages:

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. Is the military always right? No. Neither is government, nor are the corporations—they are just different signposts for the particular amalgamation of our country into separate working groups, if you will. 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. . . .

I began reading not only the economics of Thomas Sowell (our greatest contemporary philosopher) but Milton Friedman, Paul Johnson, and Shelby Steele, and a host of conservative writers, and found that I agreed with them: a free-market understanding of the world meshes more perfectly with my experience than that idealistic vision I called liberalism.

When I read it I was very suspicious. Surely, I thought, this was an attempt at sly satire, a big inside joke.

But here's a radio interview Mr. Mamet did. Beginning around the three-minute mark he mentions reading the works of Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell, and Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. He, a self-described "Red diaper baby", evinces sincere enthusiasm for these works. And he explains in some detail the reasons why.

Amazing. Maybe there's hope for the country, after all.

UPDATE: former McGovern supporter David Zucker (Airplane! The Naked Gun) has also changed his mind.


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