From Mamet’s 2008 shot-across-the-bow article in the Village Voice,”Why I am No Longer a ‘Brain Dead’ Liberal”
Complete Mamet apostasy coverage:
WSJ: Bari Weiss’ “David Mamet’s Coming out Party”
American Thinker: Rick Richman’s “A Brain-Dead Liberal Awakens”
Weekly Standard: Andrew Ferguson’s “Converting Mamet“: “Higher ed, he said, was an elaborate scheme to deprive young people of their freedom of thought. He compared four years of college to a lab experiment in which a rat is trained to pull a lever for a pellet of food. A student recites some bit of received and unexamined wisdom—“Thomas Jefferson: slave owner, adulterer, pull the lever”—and is rewarded with his pellet: a grade, a degree, and ultimately a lifelong membership in a tribe of people educated to see the world in the same way.
“If we identify every interaction as having a victim and an oppressor, and we get a pellet when we find the victims, we’re training ourselves not to see cause and effect,” he said. Wasn’t there, he went on, a “much more interesting . . . view of the world in which not everything can be reduced to victim and oppressor?””