AT this point, nine months into the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns summoned to shut it down, the acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and film director David Mamet may be the biggest voice by far to openly rage against the lockdown as the primary policy of states in battling the virus.
He has been a defining force in theater and film by writing some of the great films and plays of our time.
Now, he has employed his trademark intellectual force and vigor to take on the dominant challenge today — the coronavirus pandemic and the problems it has begat.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter is warning Americans that they are giving up their constitutional rights under coronavirus lockdowns, saying that questioning government authorities needs to remain a vital part of the country’s democratic tradition.
In an interview with Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM Patriot 125, David Mamet blasted the shutdown and stay-at-home orders that have once again taken effect in many states, leading to widespread economic devastation.
“It just doesn’t make any sense,” he said during the December 16 broadcast. “It’s the first time in history that an entire economy has been shut down because of an infection. And obviously everyone gets to pick his or her own experts and say whom they believe in. But that’s what you’re supposed to do with your health, right? We’re supposed to make our own decisions about our health.”
Mamet, author of The Diary of a Porn Star by Priscilla Wriston-Ranger: As Told to David Mamet, with an afterword by Mr. Mamet, said feminists have long argued that women have the right to make choices about their bodies. “Now that can be argued either way, just as the virus can be argued either way. But the argument and the terms under which we undertake it are the essence of American democracy.”
During the interview, Mamet made the provocative claim that the West is in effect killing itself by submitting to fear.
“What we’re seeing is a populace that’s gone nuts and I’ve got a new book coming out called Journal of the Plague Year where I try to reason my way through the way that the West is committing suicide,” he said. “What we’re doing to commit suicide is we’ve forgotten the Constitution.”
He added: “Basically, we human beings have the capacity to be sheep. If we don’t believe
in God and if we don’t believe in our country, we’re going to believe in any mumbo jumbo that comes along. And by the time we look around, it’s too late.”
Mamet recently penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he blasted the so-called “experts” whose often dubious advice has led to financial ruin for millions of Americans during the pandemic. In the article, he said experts who turn out to be wrong face few if any professional consequences while millions of people suffer as a result.
The “Glengarry Glen Ross” playwright told Breitbart News that the coronavirus has enabled the government to empower the bureaucratic class to make decisions about how we live our lives.
“You don’t want to put the woman behind the counter at the auto registry in charge of your life. And that’s what we’ve done,” he said.
Those people often turn out to be hypocrites, as is the case with California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), who were both caught not wearing masks in violation of the coronavirus restrictions that they support.
“Of course they’re whores and hypocrites, fools, thieves and thugs, as are almost all politicians,” Mamet said. “They don’t think it’s going to kill them. Because if they actually thought it was going to kill them, they’d be wearing the masks, however protected they are. So for whatever reason, there’s a herd mentality to wear the masks, and there’s a herd understanding that to the largest extent, it’s a bunch of nonsense.”
Breitbart editor Marlow also asked Mamet about some of his recent projects, including an online masterclass, which the playwright said he enjoyed doing despite initial resistance.
He said nontraditional learning provides an attractive alternative to colleges and universities, which have been overtaken by left-wing ideologues.
“The colleges have been dead for decades. There’s no reason to go to college,” he said.
“You used to say there’s no reason to go to college unless you want to study medicine or law. But medicine and law have now been corrupted by the left. And I’m sure that they now have ‘socially justice-ly’ friendly engineering.”
He added: “I’ve taught at a lot of colleges. I’ve seen it from the inside out. As far as liberal arts goes, they’re not only a joke, they’re a complete scam.”
For aspiring writers, his advice is simple: disconnect and write.
“Get your devices and make sure they’re all updated. And lock them where you can’t get to them. Go someplace else, sit in a park, take a piece of paper and a pencil, and go f***ing nuts.”
The secret knowledge
In a collection of essays and public statements, The Secret Knowledge (Penguin Books, New York, 2011), Mamet addressed what he calls the dismantling of American culture, and the policies and cultural issues of the times, from religion to political correctness and global warming.
In a key essay, he wrote: “The problems facing us, faced by all mankind engaged in democracy may seem complex or indeed insolvable, and we, in despair, may revert to a state of wish fulfillment — a state of belief in the power of the various experts presenting themselves as a cure for our indecision. But this is a sort of Stockholm syndrome. Here the captives, unable to bear the anxiety occasioned by their powerlessness, suppress it by identifying with their captors.
This is the essence of leftist thought. It is a devolution from reason to ‘belief’ in an effort to stave off a feeling of powerlessness. And if government is Good, it is a logical elaboration that more government power is Better. But the opposite is apparent both to anyone who has ever had to deal with government and, I think, to any dispassionate observer.
It is in sympathy with the first and in the hope of enlarging the second group that I have written this book.”
Lockdown masked as community quarantine
Mamet’s words will resonate not only in America but throughout the world, including of course this country, because we are in the grip of an unending lockdown that is masked as a community quarantine.
The dicta of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) have been meekly accepted across the archipelago. The unelected task force has had a field day inventing and imposing all kinds of controls and demands on the people.
There is little success to look at.
The words of one analyst describes our situation perfectly: “Because they cannot punish Covid-19, they punish the people.”
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