David Brooks on The Piketty Phenomenon: Episode CCCXXXV of the American Political Melodrama. A comment by Political Cynic

Mr. Brooks is of course angry and defensive when he reviews The Piketty Phenomenon. But the anger and defensiveness manifests itself as that shopworn Conservative old saw: envy of the rich. The beating heart of the middle class, the professionals, is envy of the privileges of the rich.That middle class i.e. those Left Wing Progressives hold in their inmost being an animus toward the rich,in fact, it is the ruling pathology, that Mr. Piketty’s book simply reinforces: thus the enthusiasm for it’s theses. And true to form, Mr. Brooks trivializes the ‘Phenomenon’ as equivalent to Beatlemania.The power of Mr. Piketty’s book to utterly transform the national conversation on inequality has generated in Mr. Brooks a pathetic sarcasm wedded to desperate invective.

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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