I’m jetlagged and everyone’s sending me the syllabus for Bobo’s “Humility” course at Yale.
I’ll say a few things. First off, David Brooks has no training in, or knowledge of, science, yet he wrote a book claiming to explain the science of how we “Social Animals” live…how exactly is that humble? Secondly, and here’s the more troubling point, why do totebaggers love this right-wing propagandist so much?
I understand why Andrew Sullivan predominately liberal readership gave their hard-earned ameros to fund Sully’s brave venture into “mutualised” unaccountability (h/t mistermix). After all, Sullivan is now primarily an Obama booster with a blog that updates regularly….not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But David Brooks is still representing for the neocons all around the world, even if he does it with a polite more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger, pox-on-both-houses way. I don’t understand how people who hated Bush more than I did can possibly enjoy his Burkean glove, Straussian fist routine.
Maybe it’s essentially the same reason that white people like Wayne Brady so much; maybe it’s just the everyone likes political opponents who seem like such harmless nebbishes (a lesser blogger would have used the p-word here, my friends). Or is it — and this is part of my theory — that the tote bag crowd is crypto-conservative? A lot that I talk to love the broken windows, school uniform type shit and share wingers’ fears that teh kidz are sexting Western civilization away.