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David Brooks: No, not Bernie Sanders; never Bernie Sanders

A few months ago, I wrote a column saying I would vote for Elizabeth Warren over Donald Trump. I may not agree with some of her policies, but culture is more important than politics. She does not...

DATE: March 5, 2020 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: Why Bernie Sanders will probably win the nomination

Successful presidential candidates are myth-makers. They don’t just tell a story. They tell a story that helps people make meaning out of the current moment; that divides people into heroes and...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2020 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: It was education that made Scandinavia great

Almost everybody admires the Nordic model. Countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have high economic productivity, high social equality, high social trust and high levels of personal...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: How Donald Trump will win again in November

As several people have noticed, this was the most politically successful week of the Trump presidency. First, President Donald Trump’s job approval numbers are rising. When the impeachment inquiry...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: Behold the Democrats committing political suicide

This is a golden age for “Theyism,” the belief that there is some malevolent, elite “they” out there and “they” are destroying life for the rest of us. There is Donald Trump’s culture-war Theyism:...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: On the Mideast, Trump’s making us all look dumb

Donald Trump is impulse-driven, ignorant, narcissistic and intellectually dishonest. So you’d think that those of us in the anti-Trump camp would go out of our way to show we’re not like him – that...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: I was a socialist once – and then I saw how it worked (or didn’t)

I was a socialist in college. I read magazines like The Nation and old issues of The New Masses. I dreamed of being the next Clifford Odets, a lefty playwright who was always trying to raise...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: What you feel changes what you sense

This has been a golden age for brain research. We now have amazing brain scans that show which networks in the brain ramp up during different activities. But this emphasis on the brain has subtly...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: Populism is failing. What’s next?

Crowds are chanting “Death to Khamenei” in Iran while the regime kills them en masse and shuts down the internet. Throngs are marching to preserve democratic rights in Hong Kong; Warsaw, Poland;...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: Impeachment process shows the value of insiders

Let me tell you a secret. The public buildings of Washington are filled with very good people working hard for low pay and the public good. There are thousands of them and they are very much like...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: Impeach Trump – and then move on

Is it possible that more than 20 Republican senators will vote to convict Donald Trump of articles of impeachment? When you hang around Washington, you get the sense that it could happen. The...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

David Brooks: Tipping is broken and immoral

For most of my life, I’ve been glad that America is a society that relies heavily on tipping. First, tipping allows us to reward excellent service. Second, in a world of rising economic inequality,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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