Having resumed with occasionally posting to the NY Times, yesterday I received the censor stamp yet again. Thin skinned editor for the absurd David Brooks, who manages to be about as smarmy as on can be. Below is my response to his item of the day, The Rediscovery of Character. David is always amazed and in wonder when he discovers new things that have been around forever.
As usual, Mr Brooks let’s his blinders blind him. He casually dismisses the “Marxist” claim that people behave owing to “material” things. Nope, it’s some more nebulous thing called “character.” Grow up in a poor neighborhood, with lousy schools, no hope of a job, and you get bad character and broken windows. Grow up in a rock solid Republican one and you get classy schools (perhaps private), a ticket to Harvard, and then you can go on to Wall Street and bust balls and crash the entire economy with your greed: good character.
It doesn’t take a social scientist to figure out poverty begets poverty, nor does it take a Marxist to notice that in our wonderful plutocracy wealth begets wealth, regardless of the “merits” or the “character.”