My Reaction to David Brooks’ LatestColumn on Obama (and it’s not pretty)
By Sally Morem
Only capitalism operates on the basis of respect for free, independent,responsible persons. All other systems in varying degrees treat men as lessthan this. Socialist systems above all treat men as pawns to be moved about by the authorities, or as children to be given what the rulers decide is good for them, or as serfs or slaves.
The rulers begin by boasting about their compassion, which in any case is fraudulent, but after a time they dropthis pretense which they find unnecessary for the maintenance of power
In all things they act on the presumption that they knowbest. Therefore they and their systems are morally stunted. Only the free system, the much assailed capitalism, is morally mature
.--Arthur ShenfieldWhy is David Brooks finally questioning Obama after months of warm political affirmations, of gushing over his intelligence, his carefully craftedand articulated speeches, his image?Brooks claims to be a great admirer of thinkers like Hayek who rested their political philosophical arguments on “knowing how little we know,” arguingthat the limited state was the only type of government fit for limited human beings.In his recent column in the
New York Times
[February 24, 2009], Brooksadmits his admiration for Obama and his bevy of experts:
President Obama has concentrated enormous power on a few aides in theWest Wing of the White House. These aides are unrolling a rapid string of plans: to create three million jobs, to redesign the health care system, to save the auto industry, to revive the housing industry, to reinvent the energy sector, to revitalize the banks, to reform the schools — and to do it all whilecutting the deficit in half.