Republican columnist David Brooks (“America’s inequality problem,” thestate.com, Jan. 18) admits that “government should be doing more to help increase social mobility for the less affluent,” yet he makes a typically Republican argument in favor of maintaining the status quo.
He claims one of the main causes of the problem, “unequal economic power,” cannot be addressed because of political resistance (from the right). He then calls for a “policy revolution” focusing on improving “bad schools, no jobs for young men, broken families” and impaired neighborhoods.
That would be nice, of course, but impossible without also addressing the power imbalance and strong political and economic forces working to prevent significant change. Brooks doesn’t seem to realize he is part of the problem he says he wants to solve.