David Brooks is a blithering idiot. Period. Fully aware of sounding like a pompous ass myself, by whatever metric you choose to measure intelligence, I would dust Brooks twice on any topic before breakfast.
And yet, I’m likewise quite certain that I’m not a part of this “educated class”:
The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.
Every single one of those “ideas” is an incredibly stupid idea both in theory and practice. They are not “educated” ideas; they are “elitist” ideas short on substance but long on the potential for self-congratulatory prowess. “If I believe in them, smart people will think I’m smart!” That’s literally the mindset. Not one of them is defensible in logic, reason or experience and yet half-wits like Brooks repeatedly refer to them as “educated”. Why?
Because David Brooks, like his elitist cohorts on the Left, while being far from “educated” are instead self-conscious children in desperate need of acceptance from their peers. I’ve said it here dozens of times now that Barack Obama, his power structure and the Elitists in the legacy media are not smart, if that word is to have any meaning whatsoever; they’re simply decent speakers or writers of woefully average intelligence who think and therefore believe that they’re ‘smarter’ or more ‘educated’ than you or I. They believe this because their echo chamber reassures them of the superiority of their “educated” ideas. It’s a depressing scenario to observe.
Sometimes I like to think I’m Neptune, God of the Sea…doesn’t make it so:
Personally, I’m not a fan of this movement. But I can certainly see its potential to shape the coming decade.
David Brooks is not a fan of this movement for two reasons: First, he’s deathly afraid of it. That much shines through with every petty attack he’s made over the last eight months.
Second, Brooks is not a fan because he sees a large, popular movement full of people actually smarter than he is who hold and believe in ideas that are diametrically opposed to those of the Elitistated Class. His self-conscious anxiety roars to the surface and he shudders quietly…unable to comprehend why so many people believe differently than does he and his ilk. He rationalizes it the only way he can; it must be because the people in the movement are afraid of him and therefore reflexively rebel against the ideas of his Elitistated Class.
Anyone out there afraid of David Brooks?
To even this critique of Brooks as best I can, I will say that the mere fact that he recognizes the “potential” of the movement to shape the coming decade puts him head and shoulders above the rest of the Elitistated Class.
For that, Brooksie, kudos.