Thursday, March 04, 2021

David Brooks got paid to promote the idea of "weavers" without having to become one

Front of the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute - 2


It’s odd that wise man David Brooks, ethics columnist of the New York Times, was getting paid by the Aspen institute itself funded by Facebook and other wealthy donors, to write about social capital and his “weaver” concept, BuzzFeedNews story by Craig Silverman and Ryan Mac .  

There is the obvious question of conflict of interest (for New York Times readers), but the bigger question seems like hypocrisy.  Is Brooks willing to live like a “weaver” (right out of “Silas Marner”) himself?

Critical theory, however, his “weaver” idea is not.

Aspen Institute picture, embed from Wikipeida, click for attribution 

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