CAPITALIST INNOVATION AS POLITICAL DESTABILIZATION:
Please NOTE the last paragraph (how many times have I made the same point? I'm a broken record?! Absolutely!)
"The Democrats’ largest problem is this: We are living in an age of fear, insecurity and disorder on an array of fronts. The Republicans have traditionally been known as the party of toughness and order. Democrats are going to have to find a posture that is tough on disorder, and tough on the causes of disorder."
The point Brooks makes on "fear and insecurity" applies most of all to one dimension that he doesn't explore. Schumpeter's emphasis in "innovation" as the chief characteristic he also describes in more neutral, less positive terms as "creative destruction".
These days bourgeois economists have chosen the equally term "disruption" to refer to this innovative process of creative destruction or destructive creation.
In reality, this process is the central means by which capital seeks to decompose or undo then political solidarity of workers for better working and living conditions by increasing "productivity", that is, by restoring the margin of command over living labour by reducing the time it takes to secure it's reproduction through the wage relation.
The antagonism between workers and capital boils down then to a dispute over wages and productivity.
But the process of "disruption" or more euphemistically "innovation" is one that also generates often disastrous politically destabilizing waves of..."fear and insecurity" that envelop not just the labour process but social living standards overall!
THIS is the major aspect that wholly eludes Brooks.
And this is the aspect that requires the intervention and the "mediation" of the State to alleviate its catastrophic effects which are visible almost ronthennaked eye!