David Brooks has Three Ideas by Political Cynic

David Brooks has three political/ethical thoughts: the evil of big government, rampant immorality and a dysfunctional politics. Those could be considered his only thoughts, endlessly reinterpreted and continually re-framed . One could place them under the heading of decadence, of the falleness of man, to put it in theological terms as the Christian Evangelicals and their allies would favor. But might we, his readers, posit another alternative view of our present quandary, as the failure of Big Capital to deliver on the putative promise of the Financial Reform of 1999? Was the repeal of Glass-Steagall and its economic consequences a net plus or a net minus? We the live in the economic ruin of many broken promises, of failed ‘reform’ and the bad faith of thinkers and policy advocates like Mr. Brooks. How can we take seriously the nostrums of a thinker who led us down the wrong road, however he garnishes his latest opinion piece with a bit of ideologically congenial science? All in the name of the moral reclamation of values lost, morality reclaimed and a banished repudiated decadence.

Political Cynic

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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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