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I loved reading this.

Vir Modestus

Brooks seems to be, at heart, both a Calvinist and a believer in aristocracy. But it doesn't surprise me. What does surprise me is that people who allegedly believe in both Democracy and Capitalism seem to agree with him.


I sometimes wonder what would happen if we stopped bothering about what David Brooks had to say about anything, just refused to engage it. I suggested a similar strategy for William Irvingson Kristol when he was handed prime op-ed real estate. I obviously can't claim credit for it, but his output didn't generate any buzz, not even negative, and the Times didn't re-up his contract. Maybe if enough of us ignored Brooks he'd go away.


The ironic thing about American capitalism is, if Adam Smith were alive, he'd be rolling in his grave.

He was dead set against business combinations and business forms like corporations that allowed an individual to abrogate responsibility for his company's deeds.

Imagine, if you will, an America where Tony Heyward had to personally pay the people of the Gulf for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon mess. That's the system Smith envisioned and while he admitted there were circumstances where "arms length" responsibility would be desirable, he also insisted that hand in hand with it go a punitive tax on that entity's income.

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