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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Old Columnists vs. Young Snowden

David Brooks babbling even more usual in an all-out assault on Edward Snowden--and young Americans everywhere.  Apparently he feels they have betrayed failed institutions rather than failed institutions betraying him.  Yet he demands more, not less, fealty to those institutions.   And BTW, my 25-year-old son sounds nothing like the younger folks he lacerates: "the apparently growing share of young men in their 20s who are living technological existences in the fuzzy land between their childhood institutions and adult family commitments." And the idiocy proven in this statement: "Young people in positions like that will no longer be trusted w/ responsibility."  Right.  And Brooks, who declares Snowden an anti-social misfit, is probably the one glued to his computer right now--looking at those photos of Snowden's girlfriend in Hawaii. 

Meanwhile, longtime, alleged "liberal" Wash Post columnist Richard Cohen--who was so wrong, wrong, wrong on Iraq--just weighed in on Edward Snowden.  You should read the whole thing but here's one of several money quotes or money shots if you will:  "Greenwald said that 'Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers.' I think he’ll go down as a cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood."

Glenn Greenwald plays a pivotal role in my book (with Kevin Gosztola) on the Bradley Manning case, just published in an updated edition.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Since Brooks wants to talk maturity, it's worth recalling this-- http://www.salon.com/2011/03/04/pz_myers_on_david_brooks_the_social_animal/