David Brooks’ Historical Revisionism


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A misguided defense of the values of the defunct Whig Party.

The Soft Totalitarianism of Nudging


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The Left’s new social engineering tool to steer Americans toward making the “correct” choices.

Sad News: Promising New NRB Contributor Passes Away After Submitting First Post


On April 26 I received the following email from NRB’s contact form:
I have written a short essay (3 single space pages) tentatively titled “On the ‘Old Frog’ Journalism of David Brooks” that I would appreciate being considered as a blog on your site. It is a satirical review of Brooks’ 4/22/2010 New [...]

The “Cooked Frog” Journalism of David Brooks


David Brooks’ recent New York Times article (“The Government War”, April 22, 2010) illustrates the muddled brain by which many so-called centrists, independents, and other “middle-of-the-roaders” seem to operate. In Brooks’ case, he refers to himself as a self-styled “Progressive Conservative” (“. . . I try to give voice to a philosophy you might call [...]

Re. The New Left and The New Right


Our very own Jacob Laksin wrote quite a brilliant post in response to David Brooks’ latest column yesterday, in which the Washington Post columnist likens the Tea Party Movement, the New Right if you will, to the New Left movement of the 1960s.
Although the two movements certainly share some similarities, Jacob is correct in [...]

The New Left and the New Right


David Brooks has a provocative column today likening today’s Tea Party movement to the New Left that emerged in the 60s counterculture. Brooks is right about some of the outward similarities: the populist rhetoric; the grassroots activism; the disdain for political elites; and, ultimately, the somewhat diffuse policy agenda defined more by what it stands [...]

Once Upon a Honeymoon: Andrew Sullivan’s Obama Love is Still Blind


Andrew Sullivan, who once wrote the essential politically incorrect essay, “What’s so bad about hate?” to refute the idea of codifying “hate crimes,” is ironically now the poster child for what can be so bad about love—blind love, that is.
The press honeymoon is getting a little sour; and “conservatives” who endorsed Obama like Christopher Buckley [...]

Pollyanna MSM Quick to Defend Obama and Napolitano


David Broder and David Brooks are probably members of this club.
Although I should’ve expected it, I’m afraid I have to admit that the mainstream media’s passionate defense of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano took me by surprise.
I especially expected better from New York Times columnist David Brooks – as much of a centrist as [...]

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