RIP David Brooks

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

two months pass...

haha wow:

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

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

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

one month passes...

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 (five years ago) Permalink

He really is such a dunce.

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

what the hell's he talking about

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

yogurt, I think

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

more like Roast in Piss

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

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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, interracial marriage was against the law

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

a few generations ago, bestiality was legal in Florida

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

beyond self-parody at this point

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

does your org have a rule against reporting on luncheons?

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

one more liberal wanting a free ride!

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

the last half of the sentence OTM

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

well ok W in 04 too

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

nine months pass...
three 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

someone please call his office phone

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

one month passes...

lol at "the chinese have no word for nerd"

caek, Monday, 4 March 2013 00:31 (four years ago) Permalink

how did his editor let him start two separate paragraphs with 'it's interesting...'

j., Friday, 29 September 2017 15:08 (one month ago) Permalink


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 29 September 2017 15:09 (one month ago) Permalink


the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 September 2017 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

That 'sincerity' column was his usual half-baked near-nonsense, but I did like the description of Taylor Swift barking "see what you made me do" over and over, because anyone who says "see what you made me do" deserves to be kicked until they stop.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 29 September 2017 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink


flappy bird, Friday, 29 September 2017 17:51 (one month ago) Permalink

LOL @ "It’s been a long time since the Sex Pistols burst on the scene."

flappy bird, Friday, 29 September 2017 17:55 (one month ago) Permalink

surely that should have been "came on the scene"

Οὖτις, Friday, 29 September 2017 17:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Didn’t the Dead Boys do that in the kitchens at CBGBs?

Hit to Death in the "Galactic Head" (kingfish), Friday, 29 September 2017 21:12 (one month ago) Permalink

David Brooks on the scene
know what I mean?

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 29 September 2017 22:43 (one month ago) Permalink


— Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall) October 4, 2017

mookieproof, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

David Brooks: the only way to combat Trump's hokey white supremacist narrative is with... another hokey white supremacist narrative

— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) October 3, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 19:59 (one month ago) Permalink

"we are not a country of bashing immigrants & building walls. We are a country of genocidal westward expansion & butchering natives". Oh ok.

— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) October 3, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 20:02 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

mookieproof, Friday, 3 November 2017 18:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

GAH mookie why did you inflict that on me??????

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 3 November 2017 18:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink


marcos, Friday, 3 November 2017 18:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink


also his 5-word proposal to his second wife

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 November 2017 18:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

his ghostwriter is definitely a double agent

flappy bird, Friday, 3 November 2017 18:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So you begin getting to know him or her better, first over a meal, then through activities.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 November 2017 18:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

say what u like about brooks but this guy fucks

What's the range of an Iranian frogman dipshit? (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 3 November 2017 18:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

...up everyone's day

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 November 2017 18:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^^could not be more otm

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 3 November 2017 22:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OK the excerpt posted above may be lol but I made the mistake of reading the full piece and now I am so fucking pissed and disgusted. This guy is worse than lol and pathetic. He is so fucking gross.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 3 November 2017 23:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i barfed. horny prospector.

assawoman bay (harbl), Friday, 3 November 2017 23:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just a horny prospector


constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Friday, 3 November 2017 23:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sung to the tune of "I am a Lonesome Hobo!

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 3 November 2017 23:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"This time, for sure!"


JoeStork, Friday, 3 November 2017 23:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

every time this thread pops up I see the title and I *know* i'm going to be disappointed but I click anyway thinking "maybe today really is the day."

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 4 November 2017 20:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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