Tuesday, September 30, 2003

"The warrior goes out looking for leaders strong enough to crush the devil. "

David Brooks' NYT column on the interweaving of deliberate ignorance and fury in what he calls "the presidency wars". He makes a good point about displacement, from cultural to the politically personal. I was just listening in on some office-mates who were clucking over an online article about the Plame affair and how "Bush did this to that poor woman". Righteous fury loses context as it moves down the information chain - the facts get stripped away until all that is left is a fabricated biography; Great Man history returned, revenant, cold from the void into which it was once flung.

via Andrew Sullivan, who characteristically treats the column as a blast against Krugman, whom Brooks never mentions in the text.

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