The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

T-Paw Gets the Kiss of Death

David Brooks lumps Tim Pawlenty in with Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney and says, “I think it’s going to be one of those three.” You noticed whom Brooks didn’t mention, right? Herman Cain.

David Brooks, Brutally Spanked

My apologies for neglecting my regular “David Brooks Fisking Day” duties for several months. Perhaps I’ll have to start outsourcing this task. The NYT’s house “conservative” has published a pretentious new book, The Social Animal, which gets completely dismantled by Will Wilkinson at Forbes: Brooks supplies neither drama, high emotion, nor the mindbending metaphysics of aging without […]

Keynesianism and David Brooks

Now that the election is over, we can return to our regular blogging schedule, and Tuesday is David Brooks Fisking Day hereabouts. Interestingly, Brooks isn’t half-bad today, as he mocks the presumptions of the neo-Keynesian consensus: The economic approach embraced by the most prominent liberals over the past few years is mostly mechanical. The economy […]

Bring Me the Head of David Brooks

No one — not David Frum, not Conor Friedersdorf, not even Charles Johnson — has been the source of more genuine evil in American politics than David Brooks. His 1997 paean to big government Republicanism, “A Return to National Greatness,” was a blueprint for the abandonment of Reaganite principles. “National Greatness” was sort of a Protocols of […]

The Hallucinogenic Effects of Centrism: ‘WTF Is David Brooks Smoking?’

That’s Dan Riehl’s reaction to the latest eruption of elitist idiocy from the “conservative” New York Times columnist: Let’s imagine a character named Ben. A couple of decades ago, Ben went to high school. It wasn’t easy. His parents were splitting up. His friends would cut class to smoke weed. His sister got pregnant. But Ben […]

David Brooks Column Doesn’t Suck; DJIA Loses 225 Points: Coincidence?

As a general rule, when Matthew Yglesia leaps to your defense, that’s an ironclad guarantee that you’re wrong, but this latest Brooks column is actually quite good.  I figure Brooks is sandbagging, setting us up for his next column, which will exceed every imaginable dimension of suckiness. So the market impact of that Greek debt crisis is […]

It’s David Brooks Fisking Day Again!

The World’s Worst Newspaper Columnist descends from Olympus to favor unworthy mortals with his esoteric wisdom: Human beings, the philosophers tell us, are social animals. We emerge into the world ready to connect with mom and dad. We go through life jibbering and jabbering with each other, grouping and regrouping. When you get a crowd […]

David Brooks Advocates the Total Wussification of American Men

Revenge of the wuss: The gap between the male and female unemployment rates has reached its highest level since the government began keeping such records. . . . [L]ast November nearly a fifth of all men between 25 and 54 did not have jobs, the highest figure since the labor bureau began counting in 1948. […]

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