David Brooks is at it again, this time weighing in on the tragedy in Aurora. Here is the kicker:
The crucial point is that the dynamics are internal, not external. These killers are primarily the product of psychological derangements, not sociological ones.
A few paragraphs later, there's this:
The best way to prevent killing sprees is with relationships — when one person notices that a relative or neighbor is going off the rails and gets that person treatment before the barbarism takes control. But there also has to be a more aggressive system of treatment options, especially for men in their 20s. The truly disturbed have always been with us, but their outbursts are now taking more malevolent forms.
So, let's get this straight. It's not sociological; it's psychological--expect that it's about "relationships," that is, interpersonal accountability, neighborly intervention, and reform of the mental healthcare system, a big social institution. Seems that even if the cause is psychological, the preconditions (or, conversely, the mitigation) is indeed sociological. If you had submitted this column as an essay in my introductory sociology course, I'd give it a D, David. I'll give you one week to revise it for the chance at a better grade.
Explain to me again how this guy won the American Sociological Association's Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues last year?