Category Archives: David Brooks

Opinion | Personalism: The Philosophy We Need – by David Brooks – NYT

“One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about “Trump voters” or “social justice warriors,” but when you actually meet people they defy categories. … Continue reading

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Opinion | The New Power Structure – by David Brooks – NYT

Power structures are in serious flux. The best window I’ve seen into this new world is a book called “New Power,” by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms. Heimans is C.E.O. of Purpose, which supports social movements around the world. Timms … Continue reading

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Opinion | Vladimir Putin- the Most Influential Man in the World – by David Brooks – NYT

Who is the most influential human being on the planet? My vote goes to Vladimir Putin. Putin has established himself as one pole in the great global debate of the era, the debate between authoritarianism and democracy. He has a … Continue reading

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The Chaos After Trump – by David Brooks – NYT

First, the erasure of the informal norms of behavior. As Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt argue in “How Democracies Die,” democracies depend not just on formal constitutions but also on informal codes. You treat your opponents like legitimate adversaries, not … Continue reading

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The End of the Two-Party System – by David Brooks – NYT

“In the first half of the 1990s, I worked in Europe for The Wall Street Journal. I covered nothing but good news: the reunification of Germany, the liberation of Central Europe, the fall of the Soviet Union, the end of … Continue reading

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The End of the Two-Party System – by David Brooks – NYT

In the first half of the 1990s, I worked in Europe for The Wall Street Journal. I covered nothing but good news: the reunification of Germany, the liberation of Central Europe, the fall of the Soviet Union, the end of … Continue reading

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How Nations Recover – by David Brooks – NYT

“Recently I’ve been looking for examples of national comebacks — nations that were plagued by turmoil, inequality and polarization, but that managed to get their act together and emerge stronger than before. I’ve been especially interested in the way Britain … Continue reading

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The East Germans of the 21st Century – by David Brooks – NYT

Every few years I try to write a column staking out a reasonable middle ground on immigration. After all, most big, important issues are clashes in which both sides have a piece of the truth. The case for restricting immigration … Continue reading

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Now Is the Time to Talk About the Power of Touch – by David Brooks – NYT

In 1945, the Austrian physician René Spitz investigated an orphanage that took extra care to make sure its infants were not infected with disease. The children received first-class nutrition and medical care, but they were barely touched, to minimize their … Continue reading

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John Stuart Mill Showed Democracy as a Way of Life – The New York Times

This year we’ve been so besieged by Donald Trump’s shriveled nature that we sometimes forget what full and courageous human life looks like. And so today I’d like to hold up John Stuart Mill, the second in our Heroes of … Continue reading

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