"Snap Out of It" is the title. Stop looking at all the bad real things around you. Life is good! Forget all the bad stories this summer, and let's be honest, this summer was a treasure chest of bad stories. Things are much better now! This is one of the most head in the sand Boomer takes on the world I have seen. It contains gems like the following.
"I suppose New York isn’t as artistically or intellectually rich as it was in the 1940s and 1950s, but daily life is immeasurably better... Compared with all past periods, American cities and suburbs are sweeter and more interesting places. (ed: How about Detroit?) ... Even next to the 1970s — which witnessed Watergate, stagflation, social decay and rising crime — we are living in a golden age. (ed: Great Depression 2.0, Obama Scandals, social decay now don't count) ... This leadership crisis is eminently solvable. First, we need to get over the childish notion that we don’t need a responsible leadership class, that power can be wielded directly by the people. America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite — during the American revolution, for example, or during and after World War II. (ed: what's different ethnically about our new elite mix?)"
Brooks was born in 1961, tail end of the Boom. He wants you to think of all those international problems or domestic problems as small potatoes in perspective. Forget about the BRICs trying to establish a separate world order. Forget about failures in the Middle East or Ukraine. Forget about problems here at home. There's a new Iphone.
Life is good... as long as you avoid that growing underclass. Watergate is a drop in the bucket compared to any current government scandal (forget Obama, just government in general). This is hope and well wishing from a man inside a very thick bubble. His bubble is NY Times pundit bubble, but it is not so different from comfortable Boomer. The worry is there. The feeling in their expanded stomachs is growing. There must be that fact gnawing at Brooks and his brethren in the Boomer cohort. The fact that the world they built and crafted is a nightmare and sinking compared to the old world that they so righteously fought to change, dismantle and impose progress upon for the better.
My retort to David Brooks is, "Sir, please, you be the first to snap out of it".