Queer Atheist Reads David Brooks on The Radical Individualists

David Brooks is reeling from the effects of his colleagues reporting on the Radical Individualist’s in our midst. It seems that something like 28% of Americans live alone and half the births in America in women under thirty are out of wedlock and 50% of Americans adults are single. The continued existence of the comfortable bourgeois hetero world that Mr. Brooks treasures is somewhat in doubt, as the way of the American Tribe. 28% is, rather uncomfortably, almost a third! And women under thirty giving birth without husbands surly points to American Moral Decadence, although that was last week’s subject. But Mr. Brooks ambles around in this statistical data while contrasting it with some hastily constructed nostalgic asides. But Mr. Brooks cannot quell his moral panic about the Radical Individualists among us, and their subversion of his comfortable world view, that doesn’t have anything to do with the lived American actuality. That could be a description of Conservatism itself, as not in touch with the evolution of American lives.

Queer Atheist

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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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