Friday, June 24, 2011

David Mamet is a Hayekian?

In a new book, The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, Hollywood screenwriter David Mamet writes that he has been influenced by the work of Friedrich Hayek.

But what does this mean, influenced by Hayek? It's certainly a promising tease, but I guess I will have to read the book to see how much Mamet really understands, or to see if this is just some House of Games.


  1. I believe I read recently (FT perhaps) that he considers himself a republican. If that is the case, he needs to continue reading Hayek and branch out to a bit of Mises and Rothbard before he becomes an asset to the cause of liberty.

  2. Mamet was on "Freedom Watch" with The Judge essentially representing himself as a libertarian-conservative. I think it's true, but I don't know how "fervent" he is for liberty. Nonetheless, any help for the cause is welcome. ;)

  3. Sean, when I look back at my studies of Austrian econ, comparing Hayek, Mises, and Rothbard all of the sudden becomes absurd. Sure, I began with Hayek, then I progressed to Mises, and I finally became a Rothbardian. To be honest, this journey of mine started with Constitutionalism, went to classical liberalism, and then reached its peak with anarcho-capitalism. Once you read and understand Rothbard, there really is no turning back. And, to be honest, I don't see much chance that a Republican is going to become a Rothbardian any time soon, especially in print.