Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Arrogance of David Brooks

David Brooks, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, wrote an article entitled Tea Party Teens on January 4, 2010.

Many things could be said about Mr. Brooks' article, but I will focus on his weak and arrogant arguments against the Tea Party participants and their common beliefs.

Mr. Brooks writes:

"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."

Educated Class

I can only imagine how he defines his category the "educated class".

Probably a combination of coursework certificates at specific schools, along with unwavering agreement with the approved academic mantra.

If you don't have the proper certifications or if you disagree with the monolithic "government as god" religion, you would be one of the poor, ignorant fools who needs the educated class to take care of you.

Who produced the things that Mr. Brooks uses? Not the educated class he has in mind. They work for the government and produce nothing. What most of the self-proclaimed educated class teach actually reduces production, which makes us all poorer.

Believes In

Mr. Brooks is chastising us simple minded folk because we don't believe what the educated class is telling us.

Silly us. We reach different conclusions based on the available information.

I am amazed at his choice of words. The educated class believes in global warming. He is right, in a sense. Global warming can only be accepted as an article of faith, while the facts tell a different story.

They want us to believe in what they tell us. The trouble is that many of the claims can be tested and the facts don't support their claims.

However, we can easily see that global warming propaganda is a planned tool of manipulation, designed to further crush producers.


Then, after expecting us to accept the global warming lies and ignore the socialist manipulations, he presents us with claims of cause and effect. We don't have our own views about the world. We simply react to the educated class.

the educated class believes, so the public doesn't

the educated class supports, so the public opposes

the educated class is, so the public isn't

Think about the implications.

  • We uneducated Americans don't think for ourselves.
  • We choose what to think only based on what the educated class thinks.
  • The educated class has no credibility so no one believes them.
What a brilliant defense of the influence and value of the educated class!


Mr. Brooks continues:

The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation.

What a juvenile and illogical claim he makes. We are defined by what we are against?

Tea Party Patriots are for life, liberty and private property.

Using his formula, we can assert the educated class are defined by what they are against.

They are against life, liberty and private property.

Mr. Brooks' article brought to mind a passage from The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis.

"The operation of The Green Book and its kind is to produce what may be called Men without Chests. It is an outrage that they should be commonly spoken of as Intellectuals. This gives them the chance to say that he who attacks them attacks Intelligence. It is not so. They are not distinguished from other men by any unusual skill in finding truth nor any virginal ardour to pursue her. Indeed it would be strange if they were: a persevering devotion to truth, a nice sense of intellectual honour, cannot be long maintained without the aid of a sentiment which Gaius and Titius could debunk as easily as any other. It is not excess of thought but defect of fertile and generous emotion that marks them out. Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary: it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so."
C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, 1943

Educated class? Not me. Never.

I am a liberty loving American and I want our nation back.

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