Why Does the New York Times Hate America?

Bertolt Brecht famously and facetiously asked if it wouldn’t be simpler for the government to dissolve the people and elect another. Writing in the New York Times, Brett Stephens makes essentially the same proposal, only he doesn’t seem entirely facetious.

I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning…

Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat…

That used to be a cliché, but in the Age of [President Donald] Trump it needs to be explained all over again. We’re a country of immigrants — by and for them, too. Americans who don’t get it should get out.

Sorry to hear that native born Americans are not living up to the standards set for them by Brett Stephens and the New York Times. Allow me to offer, however, a modest proposal. Instead of having all those Americans leave the country, wouldn’t it be a lot easier for the comparatively much smaller number of liberal cosmopolitans like Brett Stephens to leave? Maybe they can find some other country where the people are not so, shall we say, deplorable. Stephens grew up in Mexico and lived in Israel, so there’s two possibilities right there. Hasta la vista, Brett.

I have always thought of the United States as a country that belongs first to its newcomers…

Well, a great many counterarguments can be made. Here, for a start, are approximately 400,000.

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2 thoughts on “Why Does the New York Times Hate America?

  1. Could he be onto something? Risk takers are generally good for economic progress/innovation. Our ancestors who emigrated at the turn of the 20th century left everything they had to settle in America with no guarantees of a better life (i.e. they were risk-takers). What ensued was the greatest economic expansion in human history. Current generations have stability and there’s no need to take risk when you are content (complacent).

    Please excuse the oversimplification and generalities. This is just my observation.

    • Sure, I suspect there is some truth to the argument. It is probably true that, at least back in the day, immigrants were disproportionately self-selected risk-takers, and that risk-taking is important for economic growth.
      But I don’t see much evidence that the latest wave of U.S. immigration has done much for entrepreneurship. Rates of business formation right now are near all-time lows.
      In any event, the main point of my post was that elites like Brett Stephens really hate working-class Americans. As Taylor Swift would say, they’re haters.

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