Gene Healy |The Five Worst Op-Eds of 2012

3. David Brooks, "The Follower Problem," the New York Times (June 11)

From here to the end, it’s a clean sweep for the Gray Lady. Bronze goes to Brooks, who here scolds Americans for their lack of deference toward "people at the top." Is that because the elites have lately delivered an unholy financial and fiscal mess? No, says Brooks, it’s mostly our "cynicism" and "vanity." I suppose we’ll have to audit the class on "Humility" he’s teaching at Yale this spring.


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