We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is a bit of good thing for Mamet - he gets to be a cultural outsider again, which is a legitimate stance for an artist. And his critics at the Times? The Times is written by people who wish they were Mamet.
I'm not impressed with the culture of plays, Broadway or New York City, but I would buy a ticket to Mamet's The Anarchist, if it were staged in my area. On the other hand, I can guarantee that Robert Redford won't see a penny of my money.
Mamet's The Secret Knowledge: On The Dismantling of American Culture is a very satisfying tale of the conversion of a brain-dead leftist to conservatism.
After reading it, I have become interested in following Mamet, his career and the attempts of the art and entertainment world to punish his apostasy.
One can only hope to live long enough to see the Koch Brothers buy The New York Times, too.
If one looks back at Glengarry Glen Ross, from now, when we've learned (to our utter dismay) to see the liberal progressive character with absolute clarity, Mamet was no lefty even when he was a lefty.
PS, come to think of it, it's hard to cassify, using the 'individual vs collective' taxonomy, any true and also market-successful artist as a leftist, even when the apparent content or narrative of the product attempts to persuade to the left.
These folks are optimistic, ambitious, courageous risk-takers. Antithesists to leftism. Yet the left claims 'art' --the cutting edge of culture is 'always' on the left dontcha know.
However, as Mamet has demonstrated, the fundamental role of art transcends that cheap thin political utility, and goes in fact to the meaning of orthodoxy as a survival mechanism.