Mamet: Govt. should NOT enslave us

David Mamet wikipediaJan. 27, 2013

By John Seiler

I got some pretty good response to my article, “Brown official: You’re our slave.” I was attacking the statement by Gil Duran, Gov. Jerry Brown’s press secretary, “We have to look beyond our personal interests to where we are going as a society.”

I wrote, “Translation: As a taxpayer, you’re the slave of government.”

I just found an article with a similar theme to mine by David Mamet, the writer and director. He’s been moving to the right for some years. In the liberal Village Voice in 2008, he wrote, “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal.'”

His latest, for Newsweek no less, “Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm,” worth reading in full. He doesn’t pull any punches and at the top brings up Socialist No. 1:

“Karl Marx summed up Communism as ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.’ This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.

“For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called ‘The State,’ and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read ‘The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.’ ‘Needs and abilities’ are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to ‘the State shall take, the State shall give.’”

Right. That’s the operative mode of Duran-Brown. It’s also that of President Obama in his statement, “You didn’t build that.” And Obama’s State of the Union Address on Jan. 21 positively dripped with contempt for individual freedom and with the glorification of the collective.


More Mamet:

“All of us have had dealings with the State, and have found, to our chagrin, or, indeed, terror, that we were not dealing with well-meaning public servants or even with ideologues but with overworked, harried bureaucrats. These, as all bureaucrats, obtain and hold their jobs by complying with directions and suppressing the desire to employ initiative, compassion, or indeed, common sense. They are paid to follow orders.

“Rule by bureaucrats and functionaries is an example of the first part of the Marxist equation: that the Government shall determine the individual’s abilities.

“As rules by the Government are one-size-fits-all, any governmental determination of an individual’s abilities must be based on a bureaucratic assessment of the lowest possible denominator. The government, for example, has determined that black people (somehow) have fewer abilities than white people, and, so, must be given certain preferences. Anyone acquainted with both black and white people knows this assessment is not only absurd but monstrous. And yet it is the law.

“President Obama, in his reelection campaign, referred frequently to the “needs” of himself and his opponent [Mitt Romney], alleging that each has more money than he ‘needs.’

“But where in the Constitution is it written that the Government is in charge of determining ‘needs’? And note that the president did not say ‘I have more money than I need,’ but ‘You and I have more than we need.’ Who elected him to speak for another citizen?

“It is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs. One person may need (or want) more leisure, another more work; one more adventure, another more security, and so on. It is this diversity that makes a country, indeed a state, a city, a church, or a family, healthy. ‘One-size-fits-all,’ and that size determined by the State has a name, and that name is ‘slavery.’”

Wag the DogSlavery

Mamet gets it. About 40 percent of my money is seized by the government. And faceless government bureaucrats minutely control at least another 25 percent of my life through mindless regulations. So, about two-thirds of my life is not mine, but the government’s. I’m their slave.

Sure, I get to “vote” for which of two whip-yielding masters takes my money. But I never get to vote to set myself free. As to elections, see “Wag the Dog,” screenplay by Mamet.

As Walter Williams, whose ancestors were chattel slaves here in America before 1865, pointed out:

“A good working description is: slavery is a set of circumstances whereby one person is forcibly used to serve the purposes of another person and has no legal claim to the fruits of his labor.

“The average American worker toils from January 1st to the end of April, and has no legal claim to the fruits of his labor for that period. Federal, state and local governments, through the tax code, take what he produces. A small portion of the fruits of his labor is used to provide for the constitutional functions of government. Most of what’s taken, up to two-thirds, is given to some other American in the forms of farm and business subsidies, Social Security, Medicare, welfare and hundreds of other government handout programs. As in slavery, one person is being forcibly used to serve the purposes of another person.”

If we followed the Constitution, government would be about 2 percent of what it is today, and wouldn’t regulate us at all. But we don’t.

A slave revolt is brewing.


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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 27 January, 2013, 11:10

    “A slave revolt is brewing.”

    If only.

    At the end of the Newsweek post is one of those polls (Do you/do you not agree with Mamet?) Currently 86-14 agree. My heart flutters……

    But then I see it’s cross-posted at Powerline, Ihatethemedia, Freerepublic, and PJmedia….so that poll is likely boosted by like-mindeds.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 27 January, 2013, 11:41

    It’s all about bureaucracy John,and a charlatan at the head, totalitarian government does not move forwad without its army of loyal and vicious bureaucrats.

    Here is one in action:

    I would point out that the man being subjected to this abuse at the hand of a public servant is being treated as a slave of the state, whose life is in an ignoant bureaucrats hands. 🙂

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 27 January, 2013, 11:49

    John, I have been ready for a revolt since the senseless murder of Ashley MacDonald by Parker and Randle of the HBPD, but a bloodless one of course. 😉

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    NTHEOC 27 January, 2013, 12:15

    donkey says,
    I would point out that the man being subjected to this abuse at the hand of a public servant is being treated as a slave of the state, whose life is in an ignoant bureaucrats hands.
    Here is a good rebuttal video of one of Donkey’s boys! There is a reason police act the way they do when a moron gets pulled over with a gun out in the open. Thank god his boy missed.

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 27 January, 2013, 12:23

    NTHEOC, your video shows a criminal act against anthor citizen, my video shows the public servant acting as a criminal and slave hand. 😉

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    NTHEOC 27 January, 2013, 12:24

    Here is a video of the type of group many here like Donkey and jimmydeeoc can relate to. Please watch to at least the 5min mark to get a true understanding!!!

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  7. Donkey
    Donkey 27 January, 2013, 12:53

    NTHEOC, what you are doing is classic RAGWUS propaganda, try and paint a distorted picture of people that disagree with you, if you are not calling people “jealous or envious” you try to paint them as being to the far right or left of an issue.

    The fact is your RAGWUS is enslaving private sector citizens with your inflated costs of pay, perks, benefits, and pensions. You defend the actions of Andy Cox, a man that has threatened to shoot another citizen in the back who was within his legal right to carry his weapon on his person. The citizen victim had every legal right to be armed in Florida, your cop Andy didn’t know the law and acted like you do. You are being beyond foolish with your responses. Act like a man and admit that Andy Cox is an imbecile and should be fired or moved to a deak job in the least. 🙂

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    NTHEOC 27 January, 2013, 13:45

    Lol,Easy Donkey! Most people would have the right mind to tell a police officer they had a gun on them during a traffic stop, Permit or not!! The fact that this moron said nothing then had the gun out for the officer to see was foolish on his part. My video shows why an officer should be cautious during any traffic stop and especially when dealing with the yahoos like in your video!!

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  9. Donkey
    Donkey 27 January, 2013, 16:34

    NTHEOC, you are incorrect in your observations of the citizen that is being threatened by Andy Cox. There is no law in Florida that he must declare his concealed weapon. It is one thing to be cautious during a traffic stop, it is another to lose control and start making terrorist threats to law abiding citizens. I get the feeling you believe the citizen is a moron and yahoo because of his Southren accent, the same accent George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson all used back in the day. That shows immaturity on your part, to go along with your lack of knowledge of the Bill of Rights. 🙂

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 January, 2013, 21:11

    NTHEOC says:
    Here is a video of the type of group many here like Donkey and jimmydeeoc can relate to. Please watch to at least the 5min mark to get a true understanding!!!
    Will you stop sliming people with that ridiculous, and insulting, comparison.

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  11. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 27 January, 2013, 22:19

    rex says,
    Will you stop sliming people with that ridiculous, and insulting, comparison.
    Sure rex, as soon as you stop with that fire cartoon! Btw, mine is more accurate anyway……lol

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  12. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 27 January, 2013, 23:05

    Ashley MacDonald was a mentally troubled girl who attacked her mother with a knife and then attempted to attack the police officers who responded to her mother’s call. Her death was certainly tragic, but it was caused by her mental condition and violent acts — nothing else.

    Even the Orange County Register agreed on that point.

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  13. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2013, 17:17

    SKdog, yours are the words of a coward, defending two men that gunned down a small female in the middle of a park.

    Most of the stories from the OC Register did not condone what happened to Ashley, David Whiting, a LE boot-licker, was the only one I read that sided with the HBPD 100%, the rest of the OCR was disgusted by what the police did to her.

    How do you reconcile Doug Zerby? I can speak for you, “who cares,” right.

    And by the way, Ashley did not atack her mother, or Parker and Randle, and by you calling Ashley’s acts “violent” you hope to clean the acts of the two killers that murdered Ashley, no reasonable man, knowning the truth of what Parker and Randle did to that little lady would agree with your doltish notion that the two shooters had no other options. But then you having been a life-long LE cabal member, you have no logic or reason left to even see the truth of her murder or the criminal actions of all the LE organizations that looked into her murder. 🙂

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