David Brooks sounded the alarm, in a NYT editorial about The Age of Small Terror yesterday. He writes about the creeping specter of “small terror” nibbling away at the classical, enlightenment liberal foundations of our civilization. But he does not rally us to our most powerful belief.
Brooks calls for an “intellectual counter attack.” He cautions that, “This can’t be done by repeating bromides about free choice and the natural harmony among peoples.”
“You can’t beat moral fanaticism with weak tea moral relativism,” he insists, “You can only beat it with commitment pluralism.” Committed involvement in multiple civic groups and a variety of personal pursuits, results, according to Brooks, in a balancing and moderating effect.Read more