THEY WILL OPINE

WSJ offers a stinging welcome to our new president with its editorial: The Opacity of Hope

On a much more optimistic note, Brooks puts together an excellent essay on the Politics of Cohesion.  He explores what Francis Fukuyama called The Great Disruption, the period that began in the 60s and consisted of much upheaval and a reexamination of the old institutions and norms.  He explains it far too well for me to continue-on in his stead, but his description of Obama, as someone who can finally usher in the end of Disruption, is worth getting in before the jump:

Obama aims to realize the end-of-ideology politics that Daniel Bell and others glimpsed in the early 1960s. He sees himself as a pragmatist, an empiricist. Politics is not personal with him. He does not turn political disagreements into a status contest between one kind of person and another. He is convinced that most Americans practice their politics between the 40-yard lines.

I ❤ Obama

Bob Herbert’s  I Wish You Were Here , worthy albeit sentimental, offers a nostalgic passage through America’s history—invoking the Big Four of Civil Rights, reminding of domestic terrorism, and wishing all who worked for and dreamed of this event could be, well, here.

Bush is condemned by all for the last time: international editorials

NYT weighs in with its wonkish editorial, Government’s Promise, to make sure Obama does not forget about home foreclosure while structuring, and building support for, his economic relief plans.

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One Response to “THEY WILL OPINE”

  1. Jebediah Says:

    What’s especially interesting is that this is the same Fukuyama who wrote the essay “The End of History,” which he later expanded into a book. Essentially, he said that the emergence of the modern market-based democracy was the absolute bees knees. This is a guy who had his head so far up the free market fantasy’s ass that Noam Chomsky would want to puke on his grandchild’s birthday cake. And Fukuyama totally shucked aside the idea that made him famous (amongst his legions of nerds) in order to hype (though reluctantly) our new president: Obama “has the greatest promise of delivering a different kind of politics” and “symbolises the ability of the United States…to renew itself in a very unexpected way.” This is the onetime neocon hero talking about different kinds of politics, though he was a bit of a dick in rationalizing his reasons for supporting Obama (and he spelled “symbolized” stupidly. I too ❤ BHO.

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