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The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture Hardcover – June 2, 2011
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Chap. 1: "We cannot live without trade. A society can neither advance nor improve without excess of disposable income. This excess can only be amassed through the production of goods and services necessary or attractive to the mass. A financial system which allows this leads to inequality; one that does not leads to mass starvation."
Chap 2: "I will now quote two Chicago writers on the subject, the first, William Shakespeare, who wrote 'Truth's a dog must to kennel; he must be whipped out, when Lady the brach may stand by the fire and stink'; the second, Ernest Hemingway, 'Call 'em like you see'em and to hell with it.'"
Chap 3: "The grave error of multiculturalism is the assumption that reason can modify a process which has taken place without reason, and with inputs astronomically greater than those reason might provide.Read more ›
Like other big media apostates, Andrew Breitbart, Tom Wolfe, John Stossel, Ben Stein, and Dennis Miller, Mamet realized the liberal assumptions that capitalism was evil and that Republicans were corporate lackeys had serious holes. When he began to investigate the logic behind free markets, he realized that it actually made sense. As Mamet puts it, modern liberalism is nothing more than a religion that its practitioners preach blindly on faith.
To examine the inanity of modern liberals, Mamet offers 39 entertaining essays that cover the gamut of modern living, including "Adventure Slumming," "Cabinet Spiritualism and the Car Czar," and, my favorite, "Oakton Manor and Camp Kawaga." Throughout the expose, Mamet makes use of his excellent perspective in the arts. With examples from his theater class, he shows exactly how absurd political correctness and the liberal agenda can be.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story and wants to peer into the ultra-liberal New York/L.A. big media mindset. Of course, the culture wars are just a symptom of the problem, and, for anyone who wants an examination of how we got into this situation, I recommend the brilliant Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It.
Well, that won't happen, but I suspect this book may be an effective converter of more than one leftie. Mamet's writing is crystal clear because his thinking is crystal clear. He is especially telling on the failure of our schools to teach anything useful, leaving us with a mass of liberal arts majors who hardly know how to spell, much less how to WORK. Mamet comes back to this again and again: the leftie dream is somehow to avoid doing work, just like Aristotle and his dream of the "contemplative life" --- The Nicomachean Ethics (Oxford World's Classics) --- or James Hilton's fantasy Lost Horizon --- where the unpleasant reality emerges (sooner or later) that the man living the contemplative life can only do so because of his slaves, and ditto for the lamasery of Lost Horizon. In the end, both books can be justly accused of being guides for the independently wealthy.
Capitalism is evil!! Oh, really? Do you mean the capitalism which built your house and your car, the capitalism which founded public libraries all across America, and created Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and the American university system? The capitalism which encouraged and sustained your grandfathers and fathers, the capitalism which brings you food to eat every day?Read more ›
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I found this book thought provoking due to his perspective. He states that he hadn't met a person of a conservative political view until he was 60 years old. Read morePublished 14 days ago by John K.
David Mamet is an epitome of brilliance and eloquence -- crisp, insightful, lucid thinking, unshakable wisdom and common sense. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Felicia
Good resource from someone that crossed over into sanity.Published 2 months ago by Patrick W. Caudill
Mr Mamet writes extremely well but you will need a dictionary on your phone (I appreciate his vocabulary). I recommend the Webster. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank W.
He frequently uses the term ‘natural law’ and often refers to evolution as its basis. He praises the former as the product of the latter to demonstrate its value as something... Read morePublished 3 months ago by From Elder
A most undisciplined book by a writer capable of doing so much better. This book reads as though Mamet jotted down a few notes, then dictated or typed a chapter hear and there,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Streby
Brilliant. Just read it and you will understand why Mamet is a world class communicator and thinker.Published 7 months ago by aerobat
I was hoping to learn something from this book, but all it is is a heap of ramblings over leftists and Obama and how low taxes/high production beats everything else.Published 8 months ago by Evgeny
Fresh and intriguing start gave me the impression I might have hit upon a conservative thinker who could explain how conservative philosophies have manifested in today's right. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen Vanek