The New York Times magazine had an interesting interview with playwright David Mamet, who explained his “intellectual” shift to the far right. Here is how he became a right-winger:

“I went to a consultant a few years back, and he said, ‘You want to make your life better?’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ He said, ‘stop drinking and don’t read the newspapers.’ So I did both.”

Well, there you go. The steps to becoming conservative are:

1) Give up having fun

2) Stop paying attention to the world and mentally check-out. That way you can rely on ignorance-based opinions and be unaware of facts.

I think Mamet has the formula down.