Neo-Con David Brooks just can’t let go of the 1960’s. He was born in 1961, so he was 7 in 1968, the heyday of Abby Hoffman. As the protege of Wm. F. Buckley Jr., he just repeats the Buckley Hysterics on Hoffman, he learned at the Master’s knee.
How is this relevant? The political fact of Trump has led the whole of the American Political Class, to search outside their own mendacious self-apologetics, for the reasons for the rise of this Know-Nothing.
Brooks in his desperation to find a ‘reason’ for the rise of Trump, instead of facing his actual responsibility, he takes Abbie Hoffman, as the historical persona that now provides the template for Trump! Hoffman was clown, provocateur, nihilist, the perfect fit for this maladroit exercise of political displacement by Brooks.
Locate Trump and Trumpism in a past that many of his readers know next to nothing about, as a cover for his own exercise of a political irrationalism, based on ‘Straussian Principals’ , as interpreted by his American Epigones/Apologists.
Call Brooks’ political moralizing by its name, a rationalization for American Exceptionalism. Not to forget that Strauss and Schmitt were allies in a pervasive bellicosity : Mr. Brooks masks his bellicosity/nihilism behind the pose of Humility.