We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like many young people, I was charmed by Buber's book as a late teen. As I mature, I learned that relationships are far from binary and that all exist on some spectrum of intimacy, from zero to the excessive. Really, how many people does anybody want to be emotionally intimate with?
David Brooks somehow tries to connect the Buber view with the politics of today and produces pure silliness. "Thous at every level"? Please, enough with the sanctimony. This is politics, which is war at every level.
I liken this to defense attorneys who concoct ridiculous arguments. They have to come up with something. If he had anything intelligent to say he would have gone with it. But Brooks has painted himself into a corner intellectually and will have to just fill spaces until a few months after the election.
Assistant Village Idiot
Brooks is a Bozo. What do you expect from the guy who judges a future president on the crease of his slacks?