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    David Brooks and the "lazy men" myth

    David Brooks, like so many other pundits, is spewing nonsense about American men not wanting to work anymore. Thankfully Dean Baker is here to straighten him out.

    While it apparently makes folks like Brooks feel good to tell these sorts of morality tales about the failings of men today, it actually has nothing to do with reality. While fewer prime age men (ages 25-54) men are working today than in 2000, the share of prime age women has fallen by almost the same amount. Furthermore, the percent of prime age women working had been rising prior to 2000 and was projected to continue to rise by most economists.

    For the entire article see: http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/yes-folks-david-brooks-is-making-up-his-own-facts-again

    We can see that the elites are trying to divide us by gender just like they try to do with race and religion. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the gender wars in the media heated up again after the Great Recession. Also, Brooks and others like him are still pushing a “blame the victim” narrative on why American workers are so miserable. We have to fight these myths whenever they rear their ugly heads.

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  • Scuba (3968 posts)
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    1. David Brooks gives whores a bad name.

    • zoolook67 (627 posts)
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      2. Worse, he gives "education" a bad name.

      Living well is the best revenge.
  • KauaiK (3530 posts)
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    3. There was someone here on JPR that provided the backstory on Brooks

    and the Moonies.   Does anyone know who it was and where I can find it?    It shed a whole new light on Mr. Brooks and the personal he wants to present.  .

    Critical thinking is the vaccine for charlatans of the world who exploit ignorance - JPR's own So Far From Heaven.

    • Haikugal (6111 posts)
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      4. Maybe

      @octafish do you have this information?

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    • Octafish (3772 posts)
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      5. David Brock, America's Defender of the Status Quo

      Fellow was a college puke tuned to serve as a rightwing wordsmith. Of course, he shines shade on anyone who points out what the organized hypocrisy is about, like this photo of the late Rev Moon with his good friend Neil Bush.


      Sometimes the Truth is Friggin’ Bizarre

      by Scoobie Davis
      May 8, 2006


      Moon has received a decent return on his investment: in addition to literally being treated as royalty on Capitol Hill, the elder Bush has given Moon credibility and video clips (Bush once called Moon, “the man with the vision”) which the Unification Church uses to gain more recruits who then can solicit more money so that Moon can give more money to equally venal and cynical politicos (such as William Bennett, Jerry Falwell, Dan Quayle, and Oliver North) who, in return, appear at Moonie functions, thus giving Moon even more credibility with potential devotees (even Bob Dole–who in the 1970’s held Senate hearings highly critical of Moon–recently appeared at a Moonie front group’s prayer breakfast).

      The current Bush administration has also accorded legitimacy to the cult leader. Under the Bush administration’s faith-based initiatives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave a $475,280 grant to fund Free Teens USA, a Moonie-run after-school celibacy club that recruits people into the cult. (Quick note: on the issue of nonmarital sex, the former womb-blesser is now a sadistic puritan: “If your love organ,” Moon once told his male followers, “does not listen to your conscience, then you should cut off the tip [with pliers].”)

      If what I wrote you strikes you as mondo bizarro, you get an A in Moonie Cosmology and Political Theory 101 because it is mondo bizarro. The story of Moon’s emergence as a DC power player isn’t just weird; it’s Ann Coulter weird. Brooks’s characterization of the claim that the Bush family is close to Moon as bizarre is correct, but not for the reasons Brooks gives. Brooks wants you to view Phillips’ assertion as bizarre in the sense of its being absurd. It isn’t. George H.W. and Barbara Bush have received compensation that is least in the six digits in order to do Moon’s bidding. Unification church insiders note a quasi-familial relationship between the Moon and Bush families (more about this in a future post). The idea that the current Bush administration’s cabinet level department responsible for public health would funnel our tax money to a front group run by a man who says that if a guys starts to think with his smaller head (about 95% of all men according to my estimates), he should lop it off clearly indicates a relationship with the current generation of the Bush family. Oh, and let’s not forget Bush sibling Neil’s relationship with the cult. Phillips’ claim about the Bush family’s closeness to the Moonies is a bizarre assertion only in the sense that it’s bizarre that any rational person–much less a presidential family–would want to associate with someone like Moon.

      What further compounds the freakiness of this situation is the relative lack of interest from the Washington press corps. I can understand why the fair and balanced network would not only turn a blind eye to Moon but give Washington Times staffers positions in their alleged news network.



      He’s a Moonie.

      “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight