RIP David Brooks

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not really

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

to be fair, his soul is dead

tylerw, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe, someday

am0n, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

am0n, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

ice cr?m, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

He and E.J. Dionne on NPR are like a shrimp and goldfish floating in a thin gruel.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol i am ded

am0n, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I always knew David Brooks was an asshole ....

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2011 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bump this thread whenever he dies.

RIP, hell needed a bunch of cretinous demographic catchphrases.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 13 October 2011 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

David Brooks epitomizes the kind of career pundit who always seems at least a tiny bit guilty that he gets paid at all. I used to think Frum was like that, too, though I heard an interesting sign-off from him on NPR yesterday, where he announced he was abdicating his point/counterpart position because he didn't feel his views currently aligned with that of "the right."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Frum has more brains than Brooks.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

frum is worth a million brookses, which says more about brooks than frum

horseshoe, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol xp

horseshoe, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bobos in mourning.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I only brought up Frum because he's another guy who practically sounds like hand wringing.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Frum's a smart feller but I've never quite forgiven him for:

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

i hate david frum and the things he has historically stood for but at least he's not a total waste of space

horseshoe, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not the right thread, but since we're posting remarks by GOP buffoons here's Douthat's latest dispatch from fantasyland.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

So Frum with some hand-wringing seemingly admitted yesterday that stimulus might have been necessary and now Douthat says stimulus would have been ok if it had been done by a President McCain (in a better way of course than the Dems did). Oy veh.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh douchehatpaws

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

more like Ross don'tdouthat amirite

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

my fav douthat moment was when i saw him interviewed on tv and the interviewer read a wonkete quote that called him a something like a misogynist neck beard homunculus and his response was all 'well sometimes you make arguments that work and sometimes they kinda fall flat but you know' and it was like dawg they just called u a homunculus

ice cr?m, Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

In November 2009 I saw Douthat on a Friday at noon in the gay portion of Dupont Circle with a man-friend.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

haha wow: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/opinion/workers-of-the-world-unite.html

s.clover, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

this turdball should write slashfic:

Occasionally you get a candidate, like Tim Pawlenty, who grew up working class. But he gets sucked up by the consultants, the donors and the professional party members and he ends up sounding like every other Republican. Other times a candidate will emerge who taps into a working-class vibe — Pat Buchanan, Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin. But, so far, these have been flawed candidates who get buried under an avalanche of negative ads and brutal coverage.

This year, Romney is trying to establish some emotional bond with the working class by waging a hyperpatriotic campaign: I may be the son of a millionaire with a religion that makes you uncomfortable, but I love this country just like you. The strategy appears to be only a partial success.

Enter Rick Santorum.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

The country doesn’t want an election that is Harvard Law versus Harvard Law.

wait, hasn't david brooks spent years arguing that this is a perfectly good thing??

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 03:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

If you took a working-class candidate from the right, like Santorum, and a working-class candidate from the left, like Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and you found a few islands of common ground, you could win this election by a landslide.

Brown was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Emily (née Campbell) and Charles Gailey Brown, M.D.[1] He was named after his maternal grandfather. He became an Eagle Scout in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian studies from Yale University in 1974. At Yale, he was in Davenport College, the same residential college as U.S. Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush

jhøshea nrq (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 03:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

and you found a few islands of common ground

Sometimes he sounds just like Tom Friedman

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 05:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone read the Life Reports David Brooks has been running in the nytimes? It's a really good way to make yourself hopeless and depressed.

Nicole, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Otoh, you can probably say that about anything relating to David Brooks.

Nicole, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/opinion/brooks-the-materialist-fallacy.html

had to physically restrain myself from ripping the skin off my face as I was reading this.

s.clover, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

He really is such a dunce.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

what the hell's he talking about

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

yogurt, I think

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

He is doing a little kid level response to the standard criticism of Murray's latest book

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

more like Roast in Piss

happiness is the new productivity (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Please take a number, if you would like to be the next columnist/blogger/economist etc. to critique David Brooks' latest pronouncement:

Here's Dean Baker

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/david-brooks-denounces-economics-is-biology-next

Brooks also has an interesting theory on the loss of skills. He tells readers:

"The American social fabric is now so depleted that even if manufacturing jobs miraculously came back we still would not be producing enough stable, skilled workers to fill them."

Five years ago we had two million more people employed in manufacturing than we do today. Has the social fabric become so depleted in this period that these people or others could now not fill these jobs if they came back? If Brooks really thinks that the ill effects of unemployment are that extreme he should be screaming for more stimulus in every column.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

brooks recasts real world problems as a morality play in his role as conservative apologist: every david brooks column

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

tho often i guess they are not so much real world problems as fake made up problems

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Today's helping, courtesy of a certain ilx alumnus: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/17/david_brooks_i_have_heard_of_jeremy_lin/singleton/

But even while grappling with the tension between religious values and contemporary cultural values, which is basically well within Brooks’ wheelhouse, he demonstrates a hilarious misunderstanding of sports, and what sports are “about,” because Mr. Brooks has been spending far too much time in his cloistered elite liberal media ivory tower munching on brie and arugula and not enough time among Real Americans in their “Sporting Taverns” watching “The Big Game” over a pint of mass-market domestic lager.

Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Friday, 17 February 2012 21:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

suspect beating up brooks when u need an easy column will outlast "analyzing" linsanity/linreality tbh

the fading ghost of schadenfreude whiplash (Hunt3r), Friday, 17 February 2012 22:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

A few generations ago, teenagers went steady. But over the past decades, the dating relationship has been replaced by a more amorphous hook-up culture.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, it was legal to marry a 15 year old

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, interracial marriage was against the law

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, bestiality was legal in Florida

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

The half-century between 1912 and 1962 was a period of great wars and economic tumult but also of impressive social cohesion. Marriage rates were high. Community groups connected people across class

In the half-century between 1962 and the present, America has become more prosperous, peaceful and fair, but the social fabric has deteriorated. Social trust has plummeted. Society has segmented. The share of Americans born out of wedlock is now at 40 percent and rising.

Ah, the good ol' days..... If only married people had kids, we could have impressive social cohesion and a strong social fabric like we did before 1961, when only men could get decent jobs and we kept those darned negroes out of our good schools, restaurants, and bus seats....

everything else is secondary (Lee626), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

beyond self-parody at this point

ploppawheelie V (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't worry guys, with any luck Iraq will turn out like Rwanda!

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

too late to neglect it into genocide

Mordy, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:32 (3 months ago) Permalink

Equating sunnis/shiites w hutsis/tutus is next level idiocy

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:35 (3 months ago) Permalink

Next level idiocy is just what we've come to expect from Mr. Brooks. The NYT demands nothing but the best from their columnists.

Aimless, Friday, 20 June 2014 21:58 (3 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

"America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/opinion/david-brooks-snap-out-of-it.html?_r=0

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

the man with the black wigs (Eazy), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

someone put an icepick in this jackass

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

is it bad that when I saw this thread in the new answers page my first thought was "oh thank god"?

ed.b, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

fucking thread title gets me EVERY TIME, I perk right up

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

fuck he didn't die :(

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

must resist urge to deconstruct this odious "porous elite" concept, not worth the effort

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

i for one welcome our new sponge overlords

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

i guess i'd hafta read the column to find out if his point is that we're now governed by a sealed-off, unconscious and irresponsible elite.

not gonna

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

love the equating of Ted Cruz with Karl Marx.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

I’ve been living in and visiting New York for almost a half-century now. One thought occurs as I walk around these days: The city has never been better.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

"There has never been a time when there were so many interesting places to visit, shop and eat, when the rivers and the parks were so beautiful, when there were so many vibrant neighborhoods across all boroughs"

What's the over on how many times in the past year Brooks has set foot in Staten Island, the Bronx, or Queens? (Airport, Yankees, and Mets don't count.)

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

"Second, the elite we do have has to acknowledge that privilege imposes duties. Wealthy people have an obligation to try to follow a code of seemliness."

This guy...

schwantz, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

"After you shit on the poor, be sure to give them a towel to wipe your ass"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

a code of seemliness!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

Don't buy luxury cars for your kids? What else ya got for us, Comrade?!

bnw, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

"when there were so many people paying 40-60% of their income in rent"

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

a code of seemliness a little too close to a code of socialism amirite

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

did you know: rivers have "never" been so beautiful as they are today.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

One thought occurs as I walk around these days: The city has never been better. I have never been wealthier or more pampered.

Aimless, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

or more seemly

music for cryonic suspension (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

How does it seem to seem

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

Frankly agape that he actually wrote A CODE OF SEEMLINESS

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:33 (1 week ago) Permalink

ghosted for him by intern frank lee agape iiuc

music for cryonic suspension (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

let brooks be finale of seem

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

The main problem with plutocracy is its unseemliness, this is true.

jmm, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

xpost lololol

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yes it's quite fortunate that we're not up against any civilization-threatening crises in these contemporary times.

Dokken played here for a Ribfest and people were total assholes (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

I remember a few days after 9/11 when he called on males of NYC to look to the example of Nero Wolfe's factotum Archie for the good-humored, undemonstratively ass-kicking attitude the coming times would demand.

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

oh here: from his October 2011 column:

Sixty-five miles from where I am writing this sentence is a place with no Starbucks, no Pottery Barn, no Borders or Barnes & Noble. No blue New York Times delivery bags dot the driveways on Sunday mornings. In this place people don't complain that Woody Allen isn't as funny as he used to be, because they never thought he was funny. In this place you can go to a year's worth of dinner parties without hearing anyone quote an aperçu he first heard on Charlie Rose. The people here don't buy those little rear-window stickers when they go to a summer-vacation spot so that they can drive around with "MV" decals the rest of the year; for the most part they don't even go to Martha's Vineyard.

The place I'm talking about goes by different names. Some call it America. Others call it Middle America. It has also come to be known as Red America, in reference to the maps that were produced on the night of the 2000 presidential election. People in Blue America, which is my part of America, tend to live around big cities on the coasts. People in Red America tend to live on farms or in small towns or small cities far away from the coasts. Things are different there.

Everything that people in my neighborhood do without motors, the people in Red America do with motors. We sail; they powerboat. We cross-country ski; they snowmobile. We hike; they drive ATVs. We have vineyard tours; they have tractor pulls. When it comes to yard work, they have rider mowers; we have illegal aliens.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

they have rider mowers, we have illegal aliens

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

tomato, tomahto

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

this fucking guy x10000 billion

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

read america

Lamp, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

oops typo: October 2001 column.

that helps

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

Fuckin vintage

The weird Archie Goodwin bit was in an nyt ed

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

Marvel Comics Archie Goodwin?

Dokken played here for a Ribfest and people were total assholes (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

No, that was also the name of Nero Wolfe's side kick who brooks wanted us to emulate in the post 9/11 universe

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

I actually keep forgetting to check whether the marvel editor took that as a nom de plume after Rex stout

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

for the most part they don't even go to martha's vineyard.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

they wear infinity gauntlets

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

People in Red America tend to live on farms or in small towns or small cities far away from the coasts.

YOU'RE RIGHT THAT IS EVERY POSSIBLE TYPE OF HUMAN SETTLEMENT.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

"Occasionally one even finds a village, or a mere hamlet."

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

Don't people in "red America" mostly live in suburbs? I mean almost no one fucking lives on farms in any color America, he's just trolling his DC neighbors so hard with that.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 01:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

some people say "undocumented workers from latin america," david brooks says "illegal aliens."

Treeship, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 01:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

man everything is so much worse than i always forget that it wasn't.

busted (art), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:56 (1 week ago) Permalink


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