Posts tagged ‘David Brooks’

July 6, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Vince

“If the debt ceiling talks fail, independents voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not. If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern. And they will be right,” – David Brooks, NYT.

H/T: The Dish

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June 12, 2011

Society Underneath the Hood

by Vince

NYT columnist David Brooks gives a talk in England on his new book The Social Animal. It isn’t the same old same old on social networking but delves into our subconscious decision making and connections made with the world around us. If his book interests you, look for it in your local library. There are several circulating already in the York County library system.

September 3, 2010

What the Tea Party Really  Wants

by Vince

David Brooks and Gail Collins spar over the Honor Rally and Tea Party psychology:

David Brooks: If there was a political message to the meeting, it was that many people think America’s peril is fundamentally spiritual, not economic. There has been some straying from the basic values and thrifty, industrious habits that built the country. I don’t agree with much of what this crowd wants, but I do agree with that.
Gail Collins: I can’t buy into the idea that the Tea Party is angry because traditional values are being ignored and mocked by the American elite. As elites go, the one today is really pretty low key. I was around for the various rebellions of the sixties and seventies, and if you wanted to see traditional values being made sport of, that was your period. We all told our parents, who were working like mad to put us through college, that it was immoral to devote your life to making money. Nobody has that kind of self-righteousness now.
These two go into some neat topics. Is the Tea Party really mad about “looming socialism” or are they mad that capitalism gives the hope of all reaching the top but only a small slice make it? The capitalism that the Tea Party lauds basically shoots out their own foot: capitalism requires change and that change has brought in diverse ethnic groups within different generations over the past 150 years to America to fuel its capitalistic machine. Brooks sums up a large xenophobic view within the Tea Party that is willfully covered up in a patriotic guise:
People like those at last weekend’s rally want the Judeo-Christian ethic back, which sweetened and softened life on the frontier (physical or technological). And so they march. They are only vaguely aware of this value system. It is so entwined into their very nature, they can not step back and define it. But they feel it weakening. It might be possible for a responsible person to tap into this sense, but none has, so Glenn Beck has.