RIP David Brooks

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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

Can't be a coincidence that his name is *this* close to douche-hat: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/opinion/sunday/douthat-the-safe-legal-rare-illusion.html

s.clover, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative. Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me.

iatee, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Got pretty bummed because he's scheduled to speak at a conference I'll be attending next month, which meant I would have had to cover his talk for our org's magazine. Was dreading that. But turns out he's speaking at a luncheon during the conference, so I think I'm free of that burden!

andrew m., Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

does your org have a rule against reporting on luncheons?

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

one more liberal wanting a free ride!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

David Brooks making right-wingers angry:

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/02/28/is-david-brooks-comparing-the-tea-party-to-nazis/

I would also point out that the Rockefeller Republicans were losers and compassionate conservatism put us on the brink of financial ruin

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

the last half of the sentence OTM

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Similar statements were made about Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and John McCain.

maybe reagan but otherwise, no, child

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

well ok W in 04 too

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...
3 weeks pass...

The strategies covered here start from a similar premise—that human beings are blessed with many talents but are also burdened by sinfulness, ignorance and weakness, which is why I call on both parties for common sense solutions to our problems, the most notable of which is a cat o' nine tails.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 23:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

We will pay special attention to those who attended elite prep schools and universities.

u don't say

flopson, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

someone please call his office phone

iatee, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Modern societies have become economically and socially more unequal. We will explore status competition and the desire for social distinction—executives who feel unabashed when asking for lavish salaries. We will ask whether it is proper to put a Yale window sticker on the back of your car. We will look at codes of social modesty and ask whether modest people make better business leaders

Mordy, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Students will be asked to grapple with the indictment of their generation made by Christian Smith, Alasdair Macintyre and Jean Twenge."

Matt Armstrong, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Brooks rose into prominence as a moderate Republican and has enjoyed immense success and prestige as a result. Psychologically, he could hurl himself from a moving car more easily than he could reject Republicanism, no matter how batshit crazy the party becomes.

Aimless, Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

same with Frum at this point, imo. i realize he can't begin to approach the loathsomeness of Brooks, but his blog basically serves to titillate liberals (who the fuck else pays attention to him?) and provoke a chorus of 'i-told-you-so's'

except for his recent weird preoccupation with the evils of zomg marihuana and the fact that he can't get his mouth off Israel's dick for 5 seconds, i really don't understand how he's still able to call himself a Republican with a straight face.

i suppose renouncing Republicanism would damage his brand, his blog traffic would suffer and he wouldn't be one of cable news' 4 go-to guys who are "trying to save the party"

Still S.M.D.H. ft. (will), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

(re Frum on pot and Israel: i realize that neither of these positions would preclude one from being a card-carrying Dem)

Still S.M.D.H. ft. (will), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

I mind Frum far less than Brooks. At least Frum gives the impression that he has groggily awakened from a nightmare.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

lol at "the chinese have no word for nerd"

caek, Monday, 4 March 2013 00:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

clean hit:

David Brooks has an unparalleled ability to shape an intellectually interesting idea into the rhetorical arc of an 800-word op-ed piece. The trouble is, a central part of his genius is choosing the little factoids that perfectly illustrate his points. No doubt he's happy enough to use a true fact if the right one comes to hand, but whenever I've checked, the details have turned out to be somewhere between mischaracterized and invented.

caek, Monday, 4 March 2013 00:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Is it just me or is there a kind of critical mass of media/internet people piling on him now? I find the timing strange -- I didn't think his latest column was particularly more noteworthy than a lot of his other drivel.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:04 (9 months ago) Permalink

I was a little bemused too when he was EVERYWHERE in my twitter feed night before last. I checked the brooks threads on here and saw only vague lol refs-- I'l be god damned if I'm giving that little psycho a click so I actually still haven't read the column in q.

yes, i have seen the documentary (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:07 (9 months 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 (Yesterday) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:01 (Yesterday) 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 (Yesterday) 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 (Yesterday) Permalink

or more seemly

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

How does it seem to seem

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

Frankly agape that he actually wrote A CODE OF SEEMLINESS

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

ghosted for him by intern frank lee agape iiuc

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

let brooks be finale of seem

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:56 (Yesterday) Permalink

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

jmm, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

xpost lololol

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

they have rider mowers, we have illegal aliens

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

tomato, tomahto

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:10 (Yesterday) Permalink

this fucking guy x10000 billion

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:29 (Yesterday) Permalink

read america

Lamp, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:31 (Yesterday) Permalink

oops typo: October 2001 column.

that helps

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

Fuckin vintage

The weird Archie Goodwin bit was in an nyt ed

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:56 (Yesterday) Permalink

Marvel Comics Archie Goodwin?

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

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

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:15 (8 minutes ago) Permalink

they wear infinity gauntlets

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:17 (6 minutes ago) Permalink


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