June 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson, Advocate of Following, With Our Frequent TIF star, David Brooks


David Brooks, Art Critic.   It is the special genius of wriggling, triangulating NY Times centrists to spot a somewhat interesting topic, here on  monument design, misread everything important about it, equate incomparable things like the Tea Party and Occupy, and come to a ridiculous yet profoundly mealy-mouthed conclusion about obeying your betters.  Particularly, as the Jefferson memorial has very little to do with inspiring  following. 

We could talk productively about the decline of elegant, curvilinear and geometric grace in monument design, trying to do monuments on the cheap, the decline of civic life, or better yet, the organized assault of Financialists on democractic institutions, but here is a great example of why David Brooks is the reason I have had to revive the Revolutionary-era word "Loyalist." Brooks is a Loyalist, so much so, that if he's ever caught with in flagrento Delicto with a knee-high booted Mistress with a whip, I shall be quite unable to affect surprise.

*(trying to coin an expression meaning "an authoritarian belief in the social supremacy of unelected financial stakeholders over both democratic civic institutions and individual autonomy."

2 Comments:

Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Oh that would explain this. Thanks for solving that mystery for me.

June 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

What an asshole.

June 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM  

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