RIP David Brooks

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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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

nine 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

h8 him so much

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

o nate otm

flopson, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:23 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

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

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:28 (three years ago) Permalink

too late to neglect it into genocide

Mordy, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:32 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 June 2014 20:35 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

three 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 (three years ago) Permalink

someone put an icepick in this jackass

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:51 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

fuck he didn't die :(

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

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

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:24 (three years ago) Permalink

i for one welcome our new sponge overlords

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 17:30 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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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