Mamet's foray into political writing is interesting, and not without its merits. He is a gifted writer and an intelligent man who has had the benefit of 60+ years of life, and much of what he has to say reflects this.
But, as Mamet admits, he is a rather new convert to conservatism, and as such, makes some of the missteps common to 'new believers.' While in many cases I agreed with Mamet's position, I often found the that the logic by which he supports his notions is fuzzy. This is not to say he's mistaken--again, I agree with many of his arguments, but were I not already predisposed toward his contention, I don't think I would be convinced. Mamet's view of conservatism seems to be one that is at times, almost unapologetically cruel, and I don't think it needs to be.
Having said this, "The Secret Knowledge" is still very much worth a listen, if not least for some insights into Mamet's own struggles with political thought and for the writing.
The narrator is very appropriate for the material, and does a good job.
Well, I'd recommend this to a friend if like me they aren't associated with any political party and all they really know about political party's in America is what they learned in a text book. This book is pretty good at explaining the viewpoints of the different point of view and explain what Right and Left mean and what the wards that are flung around like liberal and conservative mean and how that meaning has changed over the years.
Economics in One Lesson and The Road to Serfdom because both link politics to economics and explain how economics is one of the motivating forces in shaping politics. The economics is more simple and road to Serfdom needs several reads.
He was easy to understand and nice to listen to.
What being Left and Right means and clarifying the ideals of the two party's with their realities.
He was fine
David Mamet plays the passionate conservative/libatarian but for all the plaudits he sends to the so-called wealth creating rich, he seems to have been completely absent during the 2008 financial crisis.
He also missed the fact that the government support of the US auto industry helped it make its way back. His idiotic diatribe that the government didn't know anything about designing cars was embarrassing in it's lack of the reality of what happened - the companies have paid back the government and are doing fine.
He is relentless in his criticism of the left, over and over again, continuously bashing the youth of the sixties and of today. He subtly bashes Obama without once mentioning his name. .
The book was very repetitive but I stuck it out unitl the end to see if he had a plan. He didn't.
Mr. Mamet is evidently fishing for a new career as a commentator for Fox News. It is sad to see the author of Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo angling for a position as another Murdoch hand puppet, this book reminds me of the old reactionary rantings of Al Capp, back when he was a talk show regular railing against Big Government. Just a bitter old rich guy pissed at his tax bill.
This book was written for right-wingers who are incapable of critical thought.
Within the first five minutes of the book, Mamet misidentifies the Obama agenda as change for change's sake and identifies the Republican opposition as primarily concerned with justice and the welfare of all Americans. He claims all good comes from a free market, though he and we have no real knowledge of free markets in a technologically advanced society -- there are none. (We live under a corporate capitalist system in which the government stabilizes the economy to enable corporate investment.) He states, "Justice cannot be infinite," and uses this rhetorical distortion of concepts to forgive corporatist policies. He claims Bertolt Brecht chose to be a communist based on the market for his ideas. Mamet is too smart this kind of cow-flop unless he's getting weak minded.
May he choke on the cow-flop he's spouting.
A wider world view. Less regurgitation of German ideals.
more war history
The words don't come out naturally, tries to bring charecter to content that is stale and misguided.
should stick to fiction
A really bad book. Just the childish ravings of a mixed up, bitter and frustrated man. Absolutely devoid of any value, literary, philosophical or otherwise.