It’s hard to be patient with David Brooks! He never tires of excising his felt prerogatives as Platonic Guardian, combined with his self-awarded status as Old Testament Prophet and the self-appointed inheritor of the mantle of Walter Lippmann. The pretension, not to speak of egotism, is hard to contemplate, except that we as readers are fully cognizant that he was mentored by William F. Buckley Jr.!
It’s hard to reply to his ersatz philosophizing, his tired carping moralizing and effort to impart political wisdom, refracted through a vocabulary of a vulgarized Sociology, which adds a certain gloss to his public musings, at least to some of his readers.
Look at the Conservatives at the New York Times: Mr. Brooks, Ultramontane Catholic Ross Douthat, who also reviews movies for National Review, and the newest addition,at least to me, Arthur C. Brooks of The American Enterprise Institute. In their various essay they seem to echo each other in subject and tone, while writing on diverse topics. Moral decline, The decline of the American Family, Mr. Douthat’s twin obsessions, out of wed-lock births and the declining birthrate as a whole, the decline of American power, and endless Neo-Liberal apologetics. Add to this a continuous stream of a more sophisticated iteration of Republican Party propaganda.