The institutionalists have some news: this world and this system that benefit them are just fine. It's your perception of reality that is the problem.
Thank you for laying this out. Articles like his always make me queasy, in a way I can't put my finger on. But this nails on the head: they want you to think there's no other way.
I often wonder: does David Brooks get his marching orders from somewhere? Or did he rise to the top because he's uniquely good at sensing how the powerful feel & translating it into columns? These themes and ideas parroted around think tanks and columnists and Big Thinkers don't happen spontaneously. So how does it happen?
I completely agree about David Brooks. He has become a maddening waste of time.
Thanks Jared. It must not be easy to sift through this rubbish. We've been haunted by this sort of establishment drivel for far too long. And by "far too long" I mean DECADES. It reminds me of the horseshit NYT article from Brooks several years ago about poverty where he complacently blamed the poor for their behavior and felt too ideologically uncomfortable to admit that extreme inequality and social immobility contributed to their behavior.
So much creative energy! Yeah so much wasted thanks to all the problems in column A.
I have been questioning David Brooks for a long time and your article sums up his privilige and condescending hollow words.