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Brooks Defends Op-Ed Columnists’ Crucial Right to Ignorance by mattsteinglass
April 16, 2007, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Media

After a string of columns that were stunningly coherent and reasonable, David Brooks returns to the land of ridiculous nonsense.

And it occurred to me that while we postmoderns say we detest all-explaining narratives, in fact a newish grand narrative has crept upon us willy-nilly and is now all around. Once the Bible shaped all conversation, then Marx, then Freud, but today Darwin is everywhere.

Funny how somehow in there, Darwin shaped Marx. Then again, Marx’s understanding of Darwin was almost as poor as Brooks’s:

Scarcely a month goes by when Time or Newsweek doesn’t have a cover article on how our genes shape everything from our exercise habits to our moods.

Yeah, that was what “The Origin of Species” was about — how some people are fat and lazy because it’s in their genes.

I was going to go through this point by point, but I simply can’t bear to. The main question is: why don’t op-ed pages have editors who are empowered to cry “Foul!” when their columnists venture into territory of which they are ignorant, and write idiotic tripe which any reporter in the paper’s Science section, say, would tear into tiny pieces, compact into a dense mass and use for enviro-friendly insulation?

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