David Brooks must think New York Times readers are really, really stupid. His latest op-ed piece is the work of a man who has sipped so much of the kool-aid he's staggering, dog-faced drunk, or somebody must have paid him an enormous sum of money to write this piece of right-wing propagandist garbage.
Maybe the reason the bipartisan consensus behind "liberal immigration" and free trade has dried up is because the American people are finally waking up, and are seeing the damage it has caused both the common people--both here in the US and the rest of the world.
Once there was a majority in favor of liberal immigration policies, but apparently that’s not true anymore, at least if you judge by campaign rhetoric. Once there was a bipartisan consensus behind free trade, but that’s not true anymore, either.
Once upon a time, the fact that hundreds of millions of people around the world
are rising out of poverty would have been a source of pride and optimism. But if
you listen to the presidential candidates, improvements in the developing world
are menacing. Their speeches constitute a symphony of woe about lead-painted
toys, manipulated currencies and stolen jobs.
Well, damn! I guess we're not supposed to care if a few little kids get sick because of those poisonous toys so we can all enjoy the fruits of "trickle down" economics--the investor class gets to squeeze as much profit as possible out of those cheap plastic products, while the consumer--who is the one who actually has to deal with it once it is in their homes--gets to deal with all the problems--like hospital bills, or, at best, having to replace a good percentage of one's household goods on a fairly regular basis because much of what is manufactured today could basically be thought of as "disposable". (When was the last time you bought a VCR, vacuum cleaner, or set of pots and pans that lasted longer than a year or two--without having to spend hundreds of dollars on it?) And it is pretty obvious to just about anybody who doesn't spend their entire lives living in a gated community that jobs are getting shipped overseas to those cheap labor meccas faster than the speeding bullets of dudes like Augusto Pinochet.And anyone who thinks the people working in those sweatshops are somehow enjoying "increasing prosperity" would do well to take a look at this:
According to Brooks,
America’s fundamental economic strength is rooted in the most stable of
assets — its values.
Some set of values--but to guys like him, slavery is freedom, and abusing workers is nothing more than sound business practices designed to generate profits. Morality is all about bowing before that almighty god, the Dollar. Of course, he would argue in the next paragraph that
The American economy benefits from low levels of corruption.kool-aid drinkers among us, more and more people in this country are finally waking up, and starting to see the light.