Earlier today, I posted my latest blog, “The Perfect War: 4000 Years and Going Strong.” It was a companion piece to my earlier blog, “Abraham’s Lot.” Both are commentaries on the current conflict in the Middle East, this time between Israel and Palestine, specifically the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
This evening, David Brooks, New York Times columnist published an op-ed piece titled “The Confidence War.” Read the whole piece.
But I invite you to read my two postings, as well. This quote from Brooks should whet your appetite:
This new game isn’t a war of attrition. It’s a struggle for confidence, a series of psychological exchanges designed to shift the balance of morale. The material destroyed in an episode can be replaced, but the psychological effects are more lasting. What is really important is how each episode ends, because the ending defines the meaning — who mastered events and who was mastered by them.
If you read my previous post, I think I expressed my frustration well, but did not attempt to write critically or objectively about what has happened in Washington yesterday with the defeat of the Bailout Bill in the House of Representatives.
David Brooks, NY Times columnist, however, wrote that critical and objective essay, in this morning’s Times. Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/30/opinion/30brooks.html?hp. This is his most insightful and cogent remark: I’ve spoken with several House Republicans over the past few days and most admirably believe in free-market principles. What’s sad is that they still think it’s 1984. They still think the biggest threat comes from socialism and Walter Mondale liberalism. They seem not to have noticed how global capital flows have transformed our political economy.
Not only do the “free-markets or death” politicians think it’s 1984, I fear that most economists and their theoretical models, think it’s 1954. We cannot solve the 21st Century’s economic needs with Post-WWII economic models.
Read Brooks’ column. It won’t necessarily make you feel better, but you’ll know that at least somebody gets it and maybe the light switch will turn on in enough minds in the House of Representatives to provide genuine leadership!