Category Archives: David Brooks

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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Donald Trump Poisons the World – by David Brooks – NYT

This week, two of Donald Trump’s top advisers, H. R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, wrote the following passage in The Wall Street Journal: “The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a cleareyed outlook that the world is not … Continue reading

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The Benedict Option – David Brooks – NYT

“Faith seems to come in two personalities, the purist and the ironist. Purists believe that everything in the world is part of a harmonious whole. All questions point ultimately to a single answer. If we orient our lives toward this … Continue reading

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The Lord of Misrule – by David Brooks -NYT

“There were many different kinds of fools: holy fools, hapless fools, vicious fools. Fools were rude and frequently unabashed liars. They were willing to make idiots of themselves. The point of the fool was not to be admirable in himself, … Continue reading

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Where History Is Being Made – by David Brooks – NYT

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
“James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made. In the 1980s, when the Japanese economic model seemed like the wave of the future, the husband and wife team…

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Bannon Versus Trump – by David Brooks – The New York Times

“It’s becoming clear that for the next few years American foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by Donald Trump’s attention span. The Republican regulars build their … Continue reading

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Is Our Country as Good as Our Athletes Are? by David Brooks – The New York Times

“….  In fact, America succeeds in global trade about as well as at the Olympics. We rank third, behind Switzerland and Singapore, in global competitive rankings put out by the World Economic Forum. When trade is leveled by international agreements, … Continue reading

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How Artists Change the World – The New York Times

“As usual, there were a ton of artists and musicians at the political conventions this year. And that raises some questions. How much should artists get involved in politics? How can artists best promote social change?One person who serves as … Continue reading

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How ISIS Makes Radicals – David Brooks, The New York Times

“After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, some people’s minds flew to the materialistic element of the atrocity — the guns that were used in the killing. But the crucial issue, it seems to me, is what you might call … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Takes On ISIS She just became the first of the presidential candidates to put forward a comprehensive, mature plan to fight ISIS and Assad. nytimes.com|By David Brooks

David Brooks comes to his senses. “This week we had a chance to watch Hillary Clinton respond in real time to a complex foreign policy challenge. On Thursday, six days after the Paris attacks, she gave a comprehensive antiterrorism speech … Continue reading

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