When you are indignant, or woke, you are showing that you have a superior moral awareness. You don’t have to actually do anything. Your indignation is itself a sign of your own goodness, and if you can be indignant quicker than the people around you, that just shows how much more good you are!With "The Morality of Selfism" David Brooks pushed aside disappointment and went straight for snarky. He took that shit to 11.
Brooks mocks nearly all the liberal cliches. Farmers market? Check. Feelings? Double check. A yard sign that says “Hate is not welcome here”? That's totally a thing, so yes, check.
What's missing? Starbucks. Kim Kardashian and/or Lady Gaga and/or Caitlin Jenner (who is not a liberal, but her acceptance means, wait, um, what?), any sense of what he actually believes. It's amusing to contrast his snarkiness here with "The Remoralization of the Market" where he laments the lack of moral priorities since Ronald Reagan made American great that first time.
A deadly combination of right-wing free-market fundamentalism and left-wing moral relativism led to a withering away of moral norms and shared codes of decent conduct. We ripped the market out of its moral and social context and let it operate purely by its own rules.Note that the left allowed this to happen, which probably makes them he real villains here. And it's the loss of the codes of decent conduct that is the real tragedy for David Brooks.
Also, Apple complies with existing US tax code and manages to save billions of dollars each year by not paying US taxes on its intellectual property, and really that's 100% liberals doing that too.