David Mamet

On the Inevitable Decay Of Governments

The political organization, no less than the human being, learns as it grows. In the individual, this growth is ramified in the very physical development of the brain, and is first and always in aid of the expedited accomplishment of tasks.The political organism, like the individual, embodies that one adaptive mechanism specific to the human


We human beings have a special adaptive mechanism called rationality. It allows us to prognosticate. We say “If A, then B.” If we wish to change B, perhaps we might change A. This is the good news.The bad news is that we are incapable of perceiving situations otherwise than as the syntheses of thesis and antithesis.This capacity often goes