Thursday, May 26, 2005

The First Op-Ed Piece by David Brooks I've Ever Agreed With

Inspired by Bono, it seems. This is the way forward: start with what we can all agree with, build trust, and tackle other issues from a standpoint of respect. We don't have to all agree (that's a totalitarian society), or even like each other, but not acting while we fight over "culture wars" -- given the serious problems we face -- is, dare I say it, immoral.

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Blogger A.T. said...

Yeah, it's interesting. Poverty is important common ground to be sure. I think Brooks blows off the fundamental differences on life issues far too easily, but that wasn't the point of his piece, so that can be forgiven. It certainly supports the Dem's recent strategy of appealing to the Christian and Catholic constituencies by invoking Christ's command to care for the poor.

I'm mildly surprised that you've never agreed with a Brooks piece before.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 9:15:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Brooks is a hack -- he likes to give his readers what he thinks they want. His article on how we must steel ourselves for abuses in the February after the war started, was horrific. Immoral, I'd say.

However, give credit where credit is due: I don't care if Brooks' career has been made by posting himself (and advertising himself) as the "sane middle" -- that doesn't obviate his argument, with which I agree.

Identification of bias is not a refutation of argument -- there's a near-absolute law for you! :)

Friday, May 27, 2005 9:11:00 AM  

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