Brooks: Personalism is the philosophy we need

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...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Trump trades trust, rules for world of wolves

Occasionally you can see eternity in a speck of time, and occasionally you can see the logic of an entire historic moment in one event. So it was with the Group of 7 summit in Quebec. The failure...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Using marital advice to fix our political divide

Listening to people argue about politics these days is like overhearing people in a restaurant who are in a bad marriage. They’re always trying to use disagreements to establish superiority. It’s...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: The strange failure of the educated elite

Once upon a time, white male Protestants ruled the roost. You got into a fancy school if your father had gone to the fancy school. You got a job at a white-shoe law firm or climbed the corporate...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Gaza violence shows us how extremism corrupts

As you know, everybody sees the Middle East through his or her own narrative. Conservatives see it through the “front line in the war on terror” narrative and defend Israel’s actions on the Gaza...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Trump’s lizard wisdom plays out in thug world

We’re all educated by our peers and, over the years, a good portion of Donald Trump’s peers have been bullies and thugs. Operating in the New York construction world meant dealing with S&A...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: The place that assumes beauty

COMO, Italy — Some of the people who do the most good have a willingness to be radically changed. They are sensitive to the problems around them, which a lot of us are, but they are also willing to...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: The blindness of social wealth

Bob Hall was a rancher. In 1936, in the midst of the Depression, he was suffering from a cancer that was eating the flesh on the side of his face. His ranch had dwindled to nearly nothing, and...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: The failures of anti-Trumpism

WACO, Texas – Over the past year, those of us in the anti-Trump camp have churned out billions of words critiquing the president. The point of this work is to expose the harm President Donald...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Who is the most influential human being on earth?

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...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Bridging the gap between what binds and disappoints us

I have to say, I loved the gun-control march I observed Saturday in Washington. The crowd was good-hearted, gracious, diverse and welcoming. At a time when trust in democracy is waning, everybody...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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