Thursday, June 03, 2004
A friend of Scats reviews the Brooks book:
I am glad that David Brooks has such faith in this country that he can look at the middle and upper-middle classes, draw from them a perfect picture of an ugly America where nearly soulless people are driven like insects by unconscious desires, and still retain his belief that our aspirations and ideals are so noble that nearly anything we do is an expression and fulfillment of those ideals. Someone needs to retain such generous love. But I question the picture he's drawn of America as uncentered, rootless, complacent, worshipful of technology, bound to the desire for self-fulfillment.