08 August, 2008

New York Timesenalia

Paul Krugman hits the nail on the unfortunately shrunken head:

What I mean, instead, is that know-nothingism — the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise — has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.”
Of course, Stephen Colbert has been saying this for some time now. But I think this is perhaps the most important aspect of our politics today. There are a whole lot of people, mostly Republicans, who don't care a whit about getting policy right. Even if our goals differ, it's certainly possible for Republicans to put forward a coherent and sophisticated set of proposals that achieves their goals.

Meanwhile, David Brooks reveals himself as what he has always been:
When you first come across some obscure cultural artifact — an unknown indie band, organic skate sneakers or wireless headphones from Finland — you will want to erupt with ecstatic enthusiasm. This will highlight the importance of your cultural discovery, the fineness of your discerning taste, and your early adopter insiderness for having found it before anyone else.

Then, a few weeks later, after the object is slightly better known, you will dismiss all the hype with a gesture of putrid disgust. This will demonstrate your lofty superiority to the sluggish masses. It will show how far ahead of the crowd you are and how distantly you have already ventured into the future.
The true brains behind Stuff White People Like.

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