Seamanship Quotation

“In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination.”
— from Michael Oakeshott's
Political Education” (1951)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Move over Newt Gingrich

If Newt Gingrich thinks he must continue campaigning for President if only to keep clever language alive in conservative politics he can relax. American Pulitzer prize winning play-write David Mamet has declared that he’s a right winger and he’s also spectacularly good at making people feel angry and uncomfortable.
Mamet is not a trained campaigner or a backroom strategist and has never met a deadline for a think tank. Yet his art is highly premeditated; he doesn’t rely on audience reaction or gotcha journalists. Enjoy these excerpts from an interview with Andrew Goldman:
“In this book, you defend enormous payouts to C.E.O.’s working for failing corporations. You seem to have changed radically.
I have. Here’s the question: Is it absurd for a company to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to a C.E.O. if the company is failing? The answer is that it may or may not be absurd, but it’s none of our goddamned business. Because as Milton Friedman said, the question is not what are the decisions but who makes the decisions. Because when the government starts deciding what’s absurd, you’re on the road to serfdom.
Don’t you have to denounce your early, anticapitalistic work then?
Of course not. At that time in my life I didn’t have a penny, and I was glad to be working at entry-level jobs. Having lived for quite a while longer, I see life from a different perspective. What am I going to do, go on denouncing capitalism all my life?”

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