Greatness doesn’t demand that you be a jerk, too

Soren Kierkegaard asked God to give him the power to will one thing. Amid all the distractions of life he asked for the power to live a focused life, wholeheartedly, toward a single point. We’ve...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

With political art, who will teach us how to feel?

My colleagues at T Magazine had a very good idea. They gathered some artists and museum curators and asked them to name the artworks that define the contemporary age – pieces created anywhere in...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

The real meaning behind Pelosi versus the Squad

What’s at stake in the struggle between Nancy Pelosi and the four progressive House members known as the squad? Partly it’s just the perpetual conflict between younger members who want change fast...

DATE: July 21, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Harvard is choosing the wrong path to wisdom

Over the past year and a half, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Dear voters, your views on foreign policy stink!

Most of human history has been marked by war. Between 1500 and 1945, scarcely a year went by without one great power fighting another. Then, in 1945, that stopped. Battlefield deaths have plummeted...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Witches, astrology speak to resistance, disruption

We’re living in the middle of a religious revival; it’s just that the movements are not what we normally call “religion.” The first is astrology. According to a 2018 Pew poll, 29% of Americans say...

DATE: June 14, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

This war between Trump and Nadler is tawdry

Our system of checks and balances requires that political leaders hold two opposing ideas in their heads simultaneously. If you’re a political leader, the first is that your political opponents are...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Rituals comfort by reminding us we’re not alone

Recently I’ve been playing a game in my head called “There should be a ritual for...” There should be a ritual for when a felon has finished his sentence and is welcomed back whole into the...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Government can’t make us happy, David Brooks

To: David Brooks Columnist, The New York Times Dear David, We’ve met a few times over the years. I’m a big fan. You write beautifully and, more often than not, have insights that others have...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Why you too will love Mayor Pete BOOT-edge-edge

Pete Buttigieg has some kind of magic right now. His campaign bio, “Shortest Way Home,” was the 25th-best-selling book on Amazon. That put him just a few dozen places behind Michelle Obama, and...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

We’ve all just made fools of ourselves – again

“You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power, to undermine and influence our...

DATE: March 31, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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