David Brooks: A Lexicon to ‘Convener in Chief ‘ by Almost Marx

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/opinion/28brooks.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

 

The latest David Brooks column titled 'Convener in Chief'' needs a set of definitions for key terms to make comprehension a real possibility:
David Brooks: A full time apologist for Plutocrats,Cleptocrats,Wall Street Thieves and both wings of America's only real political organization The Property Party.
The Age of Austerity: A definition and a political convenience that allows obscene corporate profits while the people foot the bill. This is brought to you by the same people who brought you the Financial Reform of 1999 and the Crash of 2008.
Management Styles : A way of rhetorically framing your bald-faced apologetics for demonstrable Republican Party incompetence. 
Chris Christie: A brash outspoken authoritarian personality with notes of corruption, double dealing and contempt for the law; a perfect candidate for the admiration of our esteemed scribbler.
Insurgent Approach: A handy metaphor, a bloated rationalization for corrupt intellectuals, who front for thieves and liars
Rahm Emmanuel: Another authoritarian from the other branch of the Property Party, carrying the Summers/Geithner baggage with pride and, of course, arrogance.
Power and Mass: Intellectual bloat masquerading as thought.
Speed and Dexterity: Another instance of intellectual bloat masquerading as thought.
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, unrealistic, immature vision of the power of the presidency: Ah, the pleasures of partisan attacks against this liberal icon and the National Hero Myth.
Henry V at Agincourt: Historical bloat in service to partisan polemic.
President Obama has renounced that approach. Far from being a heroic quasi Napoleon: Irony and rhetorical indirection meaning it’s opposite.
All his life, Obama has worked in nonhierarchical institutions — community groups, universities, legislatures — so maybe it is natural that he has a nonhierarchical style.: No Real World experience running a company dedicated to profit at any cost. He is not an aggressive, unapologetic Capitalist.
Obama’s actual governing style emphasizes delegation and occasional passivity. Being led by Barack Obama is like being trumpeted into battle by Miles Davis. He makes you want to sit down and discern.: Leadership is always Authoritarian, Aggressive and Masculine never Feminine and Passive.
(Obama) He has ceded the initiative to the Republicans, who have dominated the debate by establishing facts on the ground.: The Paul Ryan Fake Economic Proposal and the political necessity of Austerity as the key to our National Greatness as argued and advocated by both wings of The Property Party.
Now Obama is compelled to engage.: Become more Aggressive i.e. Masculine.
If he can overcome his aloofness and work intimately with Republicans, he may be able to avert a catastrophe and establish a model for a more realistic, collegial presidency.: Republican self-congratulatory hyperbole mixed liberally with the magic of indirection and conscious deceit.
The former messiah will have to become a manager.: The coup de grace of this political homily, framed by platitudes drawn from American Political Theology.    
Almost Marx

 

About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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