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David Brooks as Predicted



Me, yesterday:
David Brooks today:
How Democracies Perish

Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause of the badness? Some people emphasize economic issues: The simultaneous concentration of wealth at the top and the stagnation in the middle has delegitimized the system. People like me emphasize cultural issues. If you have 60 years of radical individualism and ruthless meritocracy, you’re going to end up with a society that is atomized, distrustful and divided.

But some emphasize the intellectual. The people who designed our liberal democratic system made fundamental errors, which are now coming home to roost...
Meh.

I'll give myself a gentleman's "C+" since the purpose of Mr. Brooks' pathological Both Siderism has always been to deflect blame for our country being systematically wrecked by explicitly Republican atrocities and depraved Republican policies away from his Republican Party and onto anyone or anything else.  The 60s.  Hippies.  Both Sides.  Social Justice Warriors.  Poor little brownshirt man-babies like Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos being shouted down on some campus somewhere.  Doesn't matter.  As long as the discussion is shunted the hell away from Mr. Brooks' Republican Party, Mission Fucking Accomplished.

On a related note, I can only assume that House Sulzberger must shit platinum ingots since they continue to pay Mr. Brooks a king's ransom to extrude this drivel into their family' newspaper year after year after year.


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