Political Observer on ‘More Treatment Programs’

I would like, in this post, to concentrate on the title of Mr. Brooks July 23,2012 essay titled More Treatment Programs. This imperative/admonition seems to be at absolute odds with Mr. Brooks' long time advocacy of the Free Market, in all phases of American life. The destructive ubiquity of this economic construct is here for all to see, the latest iteration being the bankruptcy of large municipalities. Also the fact that states are also in deep financial trouble, budget cuts that lay waste to vital services like teachers, police and fire departments. Given that sobering picture of austerity and financial collapse, one can easily ask the question of Mr. Brooks: where is the funding for these treatment programs coming from? Also, who will run,fund and oversee the treatment programs? He does not know nor does he care. It is simply a dodge. Combine this good idea, that would be philosophically antithetical to his closely held beliefs, with his defensive and political self-serving fatalism, regarding the ineffectiveness of gun control, and what you get is this bit of fatuous propaganda. Garnished with historical and statistical data that make his fatalism inescapably real, at least in rhetorical terms. And please don't miss the notes of sincerity, concern, and sorrow underplayed but ever-present.  
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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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