I don’t normally recommend articles in the Daily Beast/Newsweek, but David Mamet’s recent essay on gun control, communism, and natural rights is definitely worth your time. Here’s a sample:
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.”
Read the whole thing. It’s nice to be reminded that not everyone in Hollywood is a hard core leftist, and we should celebrate and support the conservatives, or in the case of Mamet, reformed liberals.
Mamet’s website can be found here.
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