Like any other week, the opinion pages of the New York Times two weeks ago brought us another rip-roaring David Brooks piece, wherein he pontificates about moral fibers and “the Cost of Relativism.” If Americans would just get back to enforcing social norms and usher in a “moral revival,” Brooks suggests, somehow we would be better off […]
In one of the worst pieces of his career, Brooks makes one of the most-terrible arguments for bombing Iran ever
New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks had surprisingly harsh words for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, calling him "Nixonian" in a mostly negative light.
NYT columnist urges us all to the pews, but the Bible can not help us live
If anyone needed proof that PBS can be just as bad as the rest of our corporate "news" media when it comes to having a conservative bias and with having fake "liberals" on for "balance" to supposedly represent "the left," here you go. As...Show More Summary
The social cost of relativism has been on the minds of some folks at The New York Times. Columnist David Brooks ran an excellent piece last week entitled "The Cost of Relativism," while Ross Douthat penned a piece entitled "For Poorer and Richer."
College graduates are entering the work force with horrible job prospects, into an economy of stagnating wages, and owing an average of $33,000. What’s the solution? Doubling down on school and on debt, says David Brooks in a column that only a 1 percenter could love. Show More Summary
Conor Williams takes on David Brooks over poverty and character:So when Brooks writes, "It’s not only money and better policy that are missing in these circles; it’s norms," he's being willfully blind. Stable marital norms are difficult to develop, refine and maintain at any income. Show More Summary
A group of boys hang out on Sullivan Street in Brooklyn in the 1930s. Helaine Olen at The Baffler writes Poor Stories from Brooks and Douthat: An excerpt: In the past week, New York Times columnists David Brooks and Ross Douthat have taken on the issues of personal behavior and social norms among people less economically fortunate than themselves. Show More Summary
Robert Putnam’s book on poverty in America has spurred a lot of interesting debate online. David Brooks writes that low income people need a reintroduction of norms that “were destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism, which refusedShow More Summary
Noah Smith: [Americans Are Better Behaved](http://noahpinionblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/americans-are-better-behaved-than-ever.html): "David Brooks thinks... less affluent Americans are losing their morality.... >Crime... teen drug and alcohol abuse... Show More Summary
Last week, David Brooks scribbled something very silly about values and poverty–Noah Smith points out the straightforward rebuttal, so I’ll leave that bit up to him. But Matt Taibbi also makes a very good point in “For David Brooks, the … Continue reading ?
David Brooks wants us atheists to appreciate his magic book and silly myths. Let's try some actual facts instead
Hey, poor people! Get your shit together and have some morals, says David Brooks in a recent New York
Paper of record's star pundits insist on blaming poverty on "norms." Here's why that's self-serving bunk
David Brooks of the New York Times says that poor people need to learn to behave themselves, and Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig of What Remains of the New Republic is having none of it. “If the problems plaguing poor communities persist after...Show More Summary
1. Birds that bring gifts. 2. High parental income means high patent rates (pdf). 3. Here is a weak Elizabeth Bruenig critique of David Brooks on culture and poverty. She should try to make all of the same points, but using the ethnic Japanese in Brazil as her example. Or Mormons, or Armenians and education, […]
In his Tuesday column, "The Cost of Relativism," The New York Times’ David Brooks cites a new book of research on "the growing chasm between those who live in college-educated Americ
One of America’s leading political columnists, David Brooks, has just come out with a column called “The Cost of Relativism” about the growing chasm between college-educated America and those who write for major newspapers. It’s got a definitive collection of data about this divide. Show More Summary
David Brooks' used his column today to bemoan the fact that the vast majority of children of parents with just school degrees grow up in single parent families. By contrast, the vast majority of children with college educated parents grow up in two parent families. Show More Summary