"Gilded Age Capitalism with a Communitarian Heart"

This is how Mark Silk recently described New York Times columnist David Brooks.  Here is a taste:

On September 17, the left side wrote a column berating GOP presidential candidate “Thurston Howell Romney” for having “lost any sense of the social compact” and signing on to the Republican Party’s current “hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view.”

On September 20, the right side celebrated SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk for his “grand lifestyle, grand riches, grand vision and grand verbiage,” pronouncing that “if growth is ever going to rebound, the U.S. will need a grandiosity rebound and the policies that encourage rich people with brass.”

Then today it was back to the left side for a lament over the GOP’s loss of its traditional commitment to social cohesion in favor of pure free market economics. The party, says leftside, “appeals to people as potential business owners, but not as parents, neighbors and citizens.”

Silk thinks Brooks’s brain is about to explode.

One thought on “"Gilded Age Capitalism with a Communitarian Heart"

  1. Great article. Brooks personifies the central tension within modern conservatism, its uneasy mixture of classical liberalism and traditional conservatism.

    The waters would be less muddied if Brooks just threw up his hands and said, “Screw this free market/small government rhetoric. I'm a Tory!”

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