David Brooks: Egypt is Mental

Oh, why don’t you just come right out and SAY IT, BITCH.You think those people, in their backwards-ass country, are just too stupid to handle the kind of high-minded government we have perfected here in our democratic paradise:

Islamists might be determined enough to run effective opposition movements and committed enough to provide street-level social services. But they lack the mental equipment to govern. Once in office, they are always going to centralize power and undermine the democracy that elevated them.

Um. The “mental equipment?” The fuck does that even mean? Are you saying they need therapy, or possibly a class in humility at Harvard? Is this a genetic problem? I mean, argue that they are doing things that you agree with or don’t agree with, but this pseudoscientific psychoanalytic crap comes across as condescending at best and racist at worst. Obviously these people cannot be civlized, says the benevolent viceroy, or something. I mean, you tell me how this sounds:

It’s no use lamenting Morsi’s bungling because incompetence is built into the intellectual DNA of radical Islam. We’ve seen that in Algeria, Iran, Palestine and Egypt: real-world, practical ineptitude that leads to the implosion of the governing apparatus.

This isn’t me arguing that radical religious politics isn’t total crap. Of course it’s total crap. But there’s nothing about “intellectual DNA” that also can’t be adequately explained by poverty, desperation and opportunism, as is the case of any religious movement that fashions itself a savior of a nation.

And you’ll pardon me if I won’t take advice on how to properly run a democratic, secular government from a fellow who has used his “intellectual DNA” to leg-hump the last seven people who said God told them to run for president.

A.

3 thoughts on “David Brooks: Egypt is Mental

  1. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    Bobo’s comment is a great projection of the GOPs capabilities wrt ‘opposition’ vs ‘governing’
    I’d count this column as an own-goal.

  2. pansypoo says:

    because the french revolutionS were bloodless.

  3. Aaaargh says:

    The quoted comments make excellent sense when you replace “Islamist” with “Republican” and “Morsi” with “Walker” and “Algeria, Iran, Palestine and Egypt” with “Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.”

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