Brooks concludes that Huntington's "mistakes illustrate useful truths: that all people share certain aspirations and that history is wide open." I know, just from having lived eighty years, that all people do not share certain aspirations.
So college students today get their headiest high from a self-esteem fix. That doesn't mean they're all ego addicts. A lot of young people may just prefer a good grade to a quickie and fried chicken bucket.
David Brooks sets the stage for a question that reaches beyond Chua's book: Is the surest path to success the relentless pursuit of excellence, or is it being able to work in groups and navigate social networks?
David Brooks' latest a-pox-on-our-whole-culture column reflects his ongoing need to think of himself as a thoughtful, self-restrained conservative. But he lacks the awareness and self-reflection to face the implications of his own political allegiances.
Brooks is smart, and he's a good salesman, so his ideas may resonate with the President. That would be a very bad thing indeed. He's using new catchphrases to dress up some very bad, very old, and very unpopular ideas.
Obama spoke yesterday about the costs of the displacement of manufacturing and textiles. Both were caused by the decades-long Reagan Revolution led divestment from America -- not the last several years.