How the American left fell in love with elitism

Over the past generation, global capitalism has produced the greatest reduction in human poverty in history. Over the past 10 years, American capitalism has produced 20 million new jobs. The...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | COLUMN: David Brooks

Kamala Harris could be the fighter Dems need

The more you learn about Kamala Harris, the more formidable she appears. She is an amazing amalgam of different elements – highly educated elite meritocrat, Oakland street fighter, crusading,...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

This is how we destroy lives now on social media

Within living memory, political polarization had at least something to do with issues, but in the age of social media, it’s almost entirely about social type. It’s about finding and spreading the...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

We need to make our free markets moral again

Suddenly economic populism is all the rage. In his now famous monologue on Fox News, Tucker Carlson argued that American elites are using ruthless market forces to enrich themselves and immiserate...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

It’s the year of the wolf – and not in any good way

In Willa Cather’s novel “My Antonia,” there are two kind Russian farmers named Peter and Pavel who have settled on the Nebraska prairie. On his deathbed, Pavel tells the story of how they came to...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Awards for long-form ideas journalism, continued

In her essay “Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex ?” Kate Julian takes a question that seems to have a simple answer (porn) and shows that it has a complex answer. In one striking part of...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Best of 2018 long-form journalism about ideas

At the end of every year I give out the Sidney Awards to celebrate and recommend great examples of long-form journalism. I do it so that we can step out of the daily rush of events and read things...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Good tidings: There’s a new center being born

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? I’m optimistic. I say that because there have been many moments in our history when old ideas and old arrangements stopped working and...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Liberal parents, radical children – once again

When I meet someone who runs an organization in a blue state, I often ask: Do you have a generation gap where you work? The answer – whether the person leads a college, a nonprofit, a tech company,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

The Establishment will save the working classes

What should we do during the next two years of divided government? We could spend them as we’ve spent the last two: Express daily contempt from within the safety of our political silos. This seems...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

What happened to conservatism? It degenerated.

There’s a powerful moment at the start of Anne Applebaum’s recent essay in The Atlantic. She’s recalling a party she threw on Dec. 31, 1999, at her home in Poland. Many of the hundred-odd guests...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

America is having a rich, very white civil war

Every few years, one research group or another produces a typology of the electorate. The researchers conduct thousands of interviews and identify the different clusters American voters fall into....

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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