The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapters 1 through 4

• In Chapter 1: The Political Impulse, Mamet writes that the political impulse originates from a natural urge to bring order to social relations.

• In the 2008 election, Republicans supported fiscal conservatism, lower taxes and a strong military; the Democrats espoused the concept that "change" itself was a solution.

• As a young writer, Mamet abhorred capitalism and wrote about it in such plays as "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "American Buffalo."

• According to Mamet, the pursuit of justice inevitably leads to injustice; saving the trees starves the loggers and raises the price of construction.
• In Chapter 2: The American Reality, Mamet writes that it was not until age 60 that he first met with conservatives.

• Mamet's rabbi loaned him a book entitled White Guilt by Shelby Steele and Mamet began to see that Liberals wanted to restrict others but not themselves.

• In Chapter 3: Culture, School Shootings, the Audience, and the Elevator, Mamet...

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