RIP David Brooks

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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:

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 But over the past decades, the dating relationship has been replaced by a more amorphous hook-up culture.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

Can't be a coincidence that his name is *this* close to douche-hat:

s.clover, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:42 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

does your org have a rule against reporting on luncheons?

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

one more liberal wanting a free ride!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

David Brooks making right-wingers angry:

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 (3 years ago) Permalink

the last half of the sentence OTM

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:46 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

well ok W in 04 too

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:49 (3 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

someone please call his office phone

iatee, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:50 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

lol at "the chinese have no word for nerd"

caek, Monday, 4 March 2013 00:31 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

h8 him so much

yes, i have seen the documentary (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think he may have struck a nerve with a lot of bloggers with that "thought leader" piece, since it seems to be satirizing a certain kind of aspiring intellectual not too dissimilar to many bloggers themselves. Yglesias was particularly harsh:

Basically accuses him of hypocrisy for his recent divorce.

o. nate, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

He's overdue for a flogging, I just don't know why it's happening now.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

i wouldn't flog him with my little brother's lash

yes, i have seen the documentary (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

o nate otm

flopson, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

have remained blissfully ignorant of this whole kerfuffle so a little disappointed at the reasons for this thread revive

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

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

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:28 (11 months ago) Permalink

too late to neglect it into genocide

Mordy, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:32 (11 months ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:35 (11 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 (11 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

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

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:42 (8 months ago) Permalink

the man with the black wigs (Eazy), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:45 (8 months ago) Permalink

someone put an icepick in this jackass

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:51 (8 months 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 (8 months ago) Permalink

corporations are families, hello

lag∞n, Friday, 8 May 2015 16:58 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

to da mob (family)

Mademoiselle Coiffures (mattresslessness), Saturday, 9 May 2015 00:41 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 10 May 2015 02:26 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

would pay to see cruise as a hobbit

Aimless, Sunday, 10 May 2015 03:30 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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

scott seward, Sunday, 10 May 2015 16:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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