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The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

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13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

A must read for all Liberals!

Wow! - What a powerful book. I have read many other books by new converts to conservatism but I think this book will really speak to liberals. It is beautifully written in a manner that will appeal to the liberal intelligentsia while at the same time preaching to the ...
Wow! - What a powerful book. I have read many other books by new converts to conservatism but I think this book will really speak to liberals. It is beautifully written in a manner that will appeal to the liberal intelligentsia while at the same time preaching to the proverbial conservative choir. I could not put it down. A great gift for any open minded liberal. Welcome aboard Mr. Mamet!

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6 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

Really?

Was Mamet ever really a "liberal (th a small "l")? Mamet writes as if he were typical "first time" callled into the Rush Limbaugh show, proclaiming "I voted for Obama but now I am a rightwing conservative." Sure and I have some land in the Westbank that I want to sell...
Was Mamet ever really a "liberal (th a small "l")? Mamet writes as if he were typical "first time" callled into the Rush Limbaugh show, proclaiming "I voted for Obama but now I am a rightwing conservative." Sure and I have some land in the Westbank that I want to sell you. His unique minimialist style and subject matters for his plays and movies are all conservative. His movie "Hoffa," for example, who was supporter of Richard Nixon, scourages Kennedy, both Robert and President Kennedy (one the Right's biggest whipping boys).

The book, while well a collection of stylistically well written essays, is a bit dated in history. Using Susan Sontag, as a typical liberal, undermines the main thrust of Mamet's view that liberalism has gone too far in recent years, since Sontag was a liberal critic of the sixties and has been dead for almost a decade.

The other aspect of Mamnet's view is a typical mistake between "liberalism" with a small "l" and "Liberalism" with a big "L." Mamet should not be blamed for this, as it is a typical error of modern neo-con philosophy. He contaminates Marxism with liberal and then with Democrat Party definitions, as if they were interchangeable which they are not. For a artist such as Mamet to abuse and misuse the language as he does in this collection of essays is a bit disturbing to me a reader.

Mamet's Randian philosophy thrives better in a uncontrolled Capitalist. Yet, he wants to have closed borders but open markets. Is America more open than it was 50 years ago. Yes. It is more liberal than it was. No more than it is today.

posted by Edgarfield on June 10, 2011

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