David Brooks At The NY Times: ‘An Economy Of Grinds’

Full post here.

“The aspiring grinds, meanwhile, are dead in the water. Small businesses are not growing. They are not hiring. They are struggling to stay alive.”

Brooks argues that current government policy is propping up the big businesses (to prevent systemic failure I assume), but is not watering the roots, nor the small businesses.  While a little melodramatic, it’s important to watch is that this does not become permanent.

The Obama administration is looking pretty statist to me (and will still claim those who disagree in principle are merely obstructionist).  I do not trust the left’s internal contradictions (businesss are bad, let’s tax them to support our favored policy…businesses are free so long as they meet our ideals which shall often be overseen by federal authority) and believe them quite capable of crushing small business opportunity under their idealism, the confusion of idealism for politics (how politicians actually behave) and the desire for social, and other, forms of justice.

One of the interesting questions this raises for independents might be:  Do you still look for any shred of a centrist Obama?  He did spend great political capital on health-care.  He did rebuke the teacher’s unions.  He has been decent on Afghanistan.

When I weigh the evidence, however, of some what has been passed and what might be passed:  GM Bailout,  Health-Care Reform, Financial Reform, looking For Cap-And-Trade…I would vote Obama out as soon as I could, for what my vote is worth.

Also On This Site:     Barack Obama President Elect: A Few Hopes From An IndependentRepost-Lawrence Lessig At Bloggingheads: ‘Fixing Our Broken System?’From March 27th, 2009 At WhiteHouse.Gov: Remarks By The President On A New Strategy For Afghanistan And Pakistan

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Sandra Tsing Loh In The Atlantic: Class Dismissed

Full article here.

Another class analysis, but at least it’s done with humor and wit, not with the suffocating urgency that some the excessive egalitarians bring to the table (the super-rich are too isolated…tax them into submission!). Even, of course, as excesses of the egalitarians may have helped make it so.  This too, of course, is if all this is a proper analysis.

Tsing Loh uses the recession as a vehicle to critique the presumptions of Generation X, and what Richard Florida has termed the “creative class.” 

“This economic catastrophe is teaching the Xers that their prized self- expression and their embrace of personal choice leads to … the collapse of capitalism.”


“The age of narcissistic creative-class strivers has brought this country cool new neighborhoods and an infinitely better selection of coffees and greens, but it has also brought shameful social stratification and a consumer binge that our children’s children may well be paying off”

That seems a little harsh…it’s not as if anyone is solely responsible for the economic mess either.  I think she’s after narcissism and destructive individualism.

See Also On This Site:  Sandra Tsing Loh On Feminism In The Atlantic: “I Choose My Choice, I Choose My Choice”From The Atlantic: Richard Florida’s ‘How The Crash Will Reshape America’Revisiting Larry Summers: What Did He Say Again?

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