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

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren is a bad choice ... that we’d have to make

If the general election campaign turns out to be Trump vs. Warren, what the heck are we supposed to do? The first thing we could do, of course, is pray for a miracle. Maybe the Democrats will...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

A brief history of the Elizabeth Warren presidency

From 2050, a look back at our political evolution: A crisis of legitimacy swept across American politics in the second decade of the 21st century. Many people had the general conviction that the...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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

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