As the exact opposite of Horton’s piece, the other Calvin media moment was pure craziness. David Brooks was on All Things Considered and closed the segment with this (close to a straight quote):
Calvin created:Created - not influenced, inspired, was a source for, etc. Madness! This is what passes for Republican intellectualism? I read Brooks for a while several years ago, around the time he gave out year-end awards for good commentary. He was very thoughtful, even if I didn’t agree with much of what he said. But he eventually dropped the thoughts and started going off on standard conservative culture stuff and some brain science research. Sounds interesting, but he was way off the mark with most of his columns.
1. Representative government by disbelieving in unified power
2. Capitalism by inculcating self-discipline
3. American Exceptionalism by giving us a sense that we were following god’s will
UPDATE: Extra! Extra! Brooks was the recipient of a "bad touch" by a Republican Senator. I don't think Calvin would think highly of today's representative-capitalist-exceptionalists. Or of Brooks for sitting through it. Again, with feeling: Crazy!
UPDATE II: Lots of pure bunko, but I did find one very good take on Calvin at 500.