Brooks’s latest dime-store theory of the world
David Brooks writes:
The crucial fact about the new epoch is that creativity needs hubs. Information networks need junction points. The nation that can make itself the crossroads to the world will have tremendous economic and political power … In fact, the U.S. is well situated to be the crossroads nation.That’s the sort of thing that only a liberal Jew could write. Liberal Jews get no end of pleasure out of redefining America as not a nation in the concrete sense but as a “multicultural, diverse country,” as a country that “has never had a culture of its own, but is a collection of immigrant cultures,” as a country “that does not yet exist, but is in process of becoming,” and now, as a “crossroads nation.”
In fact, throughout history, it has been understood that the worst fate for a society was to be a crossroads nation, because a crossroads nation, on which other nations and powers are constantly impinging, is not free, but is subject to the alien peoples and empires which are always crossing through it. Only a person who essentially hates the historic America would wish for it to become a crossroads nation.
Samuel Huntington had a much better understanding. He said that in the period to come, the crucial distinction would be between nations that act, and nations that are acted upon. Only the nations that act are free and can survive. A crossroads nation is acted upon, and will not survive.
By the way, ancient Israel was a crossroads nation, and its freedom and very existence were thus continually threatened by the Assyrian empire, the Egyptian empire, the Babylonian empire, the Persian empire, the Hellenistic empire, and the Roman empire.Jeff W. writes:
Despite what Brooks may say, the American nation is real. It exists. It consists mainly of the descendants of British and Germans, but also includes others from many other nationalities who have made (or whose ancestors have made) a conscious decision to join. Of the 300 million who live in the U.S.A., at least 200 million comprise the American nation.N. writes:
David Brooks has always struck me as something of a dilettante. This latest scribble is beyond that, it is degenerate. He’s taking a kind of feminine approach to the world, expecting others to bring nice things and interesting people, to the “crossroads” nation, in exchange for what? For our good will? Our sparkling conversation?LA replies:
Yes, “degenerate” is a good word for him. I had posted a comment by myself in which I described him as decadent looking based on his photo, but I realized that others wouldn’t necessarily see the photo that way, so I deleted it.A. Lee writes:
David Brooks has always been primarily interested in the importance of culture, and in that sense, he is an intellectual ally of VFR. His first work that drew my attention was his Atlantic article named “The Organization Kid.” It is publicly available. In it, he write a fairly incisive and damning account of the moral and intellectual vacuity of our new class of elites, the ostensibly meritocratic, Ivy-League-credentialed child. You might even say it was prescient, it was written in 1999, long before the age of Obama. He has recently written a fairly daring (given his perch in the NYT) op-ed about the dangers of the multi-cultural meritocracy, and the advantages of the previous WASP ruling elite.LA replies:
I disagree with the notion that Brooks is a conservative or any kind of ally of traditionalism.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 09, 2010 02:23 PM | Send