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Systemic Failure

Is David Brooks turning into some strange cross betwween Michael Gerson and David Gergen? Via Jerry Taylor, I see good reason to fear he is. Some Brooksian comments on NPR:

We’re not just individuals; we have a system, a system we all share. And the system right now is so unsteady that we have no individual responsibility in our own system because the economy is so unsteady. If you deserve a job sometimes you get laid off, if you don’t deserve, sometimes you don’t get laid off. And the government’s fundamental responsibility right now is to make sure the system is stable. And that may reward people who took unnecessary risks but we just have to live with that. The primary responsibility here is not to worry about the moral hazard; it’s to keep the stability of the system as a whole intact. And I think that the housing plan is a pretty moderate and respectable way to go about that.

This is just mindless babble, centrism without substance, “responsibility” as a pose. There is just nothing here. And yet this is considered highbrow commentary. Couldn’t he have at least spiced this up with some references to an imaginary Applebee’s salad bar or some podunk town where you have to travel 40 miles from the nearest Starbucks to buy a copy of the New York Times?

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