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David Brooks on the ugly love-child of liberalism

The Second Mountain is full of rambling anecdotes of exemplary virtue

Blame the hippies

Blame the hippies

In his first book Bobos in Paradise, US political commentator David Brooks took aim at the “bourgeois-bohemian” lifestyles prevalent among America’s upwardly mobile classes. “Bourgeois-bohemianism” denoted the marriage of the counter-cultural 1960s with the Reaganomic consumption of the 1980s, whose combined fruit, in Brooks’s portrayal, was an ugly love-child characterised by selfish, hypocritical materialism.

Almost two decades on and the ugly love-child has grown up. These people have, by now, acquired a great deal of money and professional prestige. But despite their success, they find…

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