David Brooks was so disappointed with the marches last Saturday:
Sometimes social change happens through grass-roots movements — the civil rights movement. But most of the time change happens through political parties: The New Deal, the Great Society, the Reagan Revolution. Change happens when people run for office, amass coalitions of interest groups, engage in the messy practice of politics.
Without the discipline of party politics, social movements devolve into mere feeling, especially in our age of expressive individualism. People march and feel good and think they have accomplished something. They have a social experience with a lot of people and fool themselves into thinking they are members of a coherent and demanding community. Such movements descend to the language of mass therapy.
So, ladies, the only way to get what you want is to turn it over to your local political party so you can go back to whatever it is you do while the menfolk are doing the real work.
It’s also apparent that he doesn’t like it when people talk about things he doesn’t want to talk about. Reproductive rights? Health care? Climate change? No, no, you have to march for important things like… well, I don’t know, but not about those things. Those things are not your business.
As Aaron Sorkin once noted, the American people have a funny way of deciding on their own what is and what is not their business.