RIP David Brooks

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not really

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

to be fair, his soul is dead

tylerw, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

maybe, someday

am0n, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

am0n, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

ice cr?m, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:16 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol i am ded

am0n, Thursday, 13 October 2011 16:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2011 17:53 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Frum has more brains than Brooks.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

horseshoe, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol xp

horseshoe, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bobos in mourning.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:05 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh douchehatpaws

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

more like Ross don'tdouthat amirite

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:23 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:33 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Nicole, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:37 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

He really is such a dunce.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

what the hell's he talking about

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

yogurt, I think

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 21:51 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

more like Roast in Piss

happiness is the new productivity (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:22 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, interracial marriage was against the law

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, bestiality was legal in Florida

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:36 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

beyond self-parody at this point

ploppawheelie V (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

it's the phrase But what’s really striking that rankles. as if it's a competition between class and race! "yeah, i know racial disparities are profound, but what's really striking..."

It IS a competition between - not class and race - but class and identity politics - in the competition for redress. Lobbing little victories toward the aims of identity politics is easy. Fixing class inequality is hard and is unlikely to make the Wall Street money masters happy.

Racial inequality only exacerbated by class inequality, obviously.

Vic Perry, Thursday, 7 May 2015 23:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

FP

deej loaf (D-40), Friday, 8 May 2015 00:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

flag this, pal

Vic Perry, Friday, 8 May 2015 02:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

discussions are made so much more interesting with amateur football refs running around throwing hankies at minor dissents

Vic Perry, Friday, 8 May 2015 02:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

well there's a whole much more interesting discussion happening on the 'privilege as a meme' thread about this subject

but here's a preview: you're wrong

deej loaf (D-40), Friday, 8 May 2015 04:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

Oh there's always action on the racism, sexism, privilege threads. But look at how quiet the class-related threads are.

Vic Perry, Friday, 8 May 2015 13:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

Do you actually disagree that racial inequality is exacerbated by class inequality? What exactly is so threatening about this notion?

Can people have more than one political identity at a time?

Because a rise in good ol' cross-the-boundaries class consciousness would be kind of helpful right now --- I believe I heard West and Smiley talking about economic commonalities and shared conditions, for example. It's certainly what I'm talking about.

And it puts the current "left" to sleep.

Vic Perry, Friday, 8 May 2015 13:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

Do you actually disagree that racial inequality is exacerbated by class inequality? What exactly is so threatening about this notion?

It does not seem like that is what you were saying. You seemed to be dismissing concerns about racial inequality. Bad cops are not quizzing African-Americans about their class status

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 May 2015 14:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

It IS a competition between - not class and race - but class and identity politics - in the competition for redress.

― Vic Perry, Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:10 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

this is a thread for making fun of david brooks btw, he wrote a love letter to the ruling class today http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/opinion/mothers-and-presidents.html

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 14:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

eye have already been rolled at Jacobin class articles on the privilege thread so VP's views are clearly in need of flagging

Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

happy Mother's Day!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

If I like Barbara Bush, do I hate my mother?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

was kinda shocked at him coming right out and saying society exists at the begining there tbh

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 14:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

he doesn't love Thatcher THAT much

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

its like the core conservative belief, he never wouldve ceded that much ground to left a couple years ago

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 15:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

"According to some surveys, 90 percent of businesses around the world are family-operated businesses."

for real?

scott seward, Friday, 8 May 2015 15:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

eye have already been rolled at Jacobin class articles on the privilege thread so VP's views are clearly in need of flagging

― Is It Any Wonder I'm Not the (President Keyes), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:44 (1 hour ago) Permalink

This guys been on a roll lately

deej loaf (D-40), Friday, 8 May 2015 16:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

for real?

yes only 10% of business-owners don't have families

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

brontes and amises in novel writing

difficult listening hour, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

Some mothers — and some fathers, husbands and wives — shape their kin with extraordinary power, and in certain directions.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

you know the ones im talking about: east, southeast, south by southeast

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

well, family-operated business would mean at least two members of a family run the business. so, again, really? 90% of all businesses?

scott seward, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

at least two members of a family run the business

it does?

anyway Brooks is a moron it's safe to say that number is bullshit

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

I dunno, Wikipedia says

Family business is the oldest and most common model of economic organization. The vast majority of businesses throughout the world—from corner shops to multinational publicly listed organizations with hundreds of thousands of employees—can be considered family businesses.[1]

I wouldn't be that surprised.

jmm, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

90% seems high to me too, but i mean what is a business and what does it mean to be part of it, i help out my dad w his business occasionally is that family business now idk

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

sure they can be, if you're willing to call franchises operated by families as "family businesses" or huge corporations with majority stockholders from a single family as "family businesses" etc. I mean it's just a dishonest rhetorical device, it doesn't reflect reality.

xxp

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

every corporation has a right to a family too, just as it has a relationship with God, its creator.

irl sweatpants (Hunt3r), Friday, 8 May 2015 16:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

corporations are families, hello

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

Business has a right to children

See the Belz up in the sky, somebody cancelled SVU (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 8 May 2015 23:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

90 percent of businesses around the world are family-operated businesses

this is shocking? pretty much goes from the murdochs and the ny times and the koch bros down to yr corner store and w33d dealer

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 May 2015 00:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

to da mob (family)

Mademoiselle Coiffures (mattresslessness), Saturday, 9 May 2015 00:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

99% of business are like little mom and pop businesses, it's just that a small percentage of businesses seem to dominate commerce.

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Saturday, 9 May 2015 04:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

Trying to imagine the puffed-up pinkish glow this gave to Mr. Brooks' jowls this morning:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/opinion/robert-redford-on-david-brooks.html?src=recg&_r=0

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 10 May 2015 02:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

redford kind of a dim bulb. part of me kinda doesn't want to live long enough to see brad pitt become redford. both kinda not-great dim bulb pretty boys. like warren basically. for some reason i'll never forget being on nantucket when i was a little kid and a funny cab driver going on an on about how short robert redford was and how terrible his skin was! she was really shocked. he's got a couple of inches on tom anyway.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 May 2015 02:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

would pay to see cruise as a hobbit

Aimless, Sunday, 10 May 2015 03:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

Would pay to see cruise as a hobbit and get murked by one of those stocky beardo dudes with axes

brosario nawson (m bison), Sunday, 10 May 2015 13:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

even harry pooper is a hobbit next to K-Ho.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 May 2015 16:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

KIDS TODAY YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING???

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/opinion/david-brooks-the-campus-crusaders.html?_r=0

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

david brooks' face should come with a trigger warning...

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:42 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

plus, how many PC backlashes do i have to live through?

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:42 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it's political correctness gone mad GONE MAD

Keith Moom (Neil S), Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:43 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

EVEN AMERICA'S LIBERALS ARE RUNNING SCARED FROM THIS NEW BREED OF YOUTH

http://www.vox.com/2015/6/3/8706323/college-professor-afraid

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:44 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

excellent URL there

Keith Moom (Neil S), Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:45 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

haha, it really is!

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it doesn't help that the model they used to illustrate their article totally looks like someone i would want to shut up.

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

said the same thing yesterday:

Here's today's discussion subject: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/3/8706323/college-professor-afraid

lol @ at the url

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, June 3, 2015 9:35 AM

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

on this thread: Free Speech and Creepy Liberalism

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

ah, okay, didn't see that...

scott seward, Thursday, 4 June 2015 14:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

too easy to resist though!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:12 (3 weeks ago) Permalink


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