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

Is the struggle to stay human still relevant today?

I watched Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “Paths of Glory” last weekend, prompted by all the World War I centenary tributes. Set in the trenches near the end of the war, it’s a movie about a man who...

DATE: Nov. 15, 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

Feminism – that’s right – might save us after all

I disagree with academic feminism a lot but it is right about the big thing. For thousands of years, social thinking has been dominated by men who saw life as a place where warriors competed for...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Kavanaugh fracas shows how ugly we’ve become

Over the past few years, hundreds of organizations and thousands of people (myself included) have mobilized to reduce political polarization, encourage civil dialogue and heal national divisions....

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Denver leads the way on Constitutional localism

Is there room for a third party? If some independent mounted a presidential bid in 2020, would that person have a chance? Those are questions we won’t be able to answer for a few years. If the...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: Localist Revolution is likely the coming wave

We’ve tried liberalism and conservatism, and now we’re trying populism. Maybe the next era of public life will be defined by a resurgence of localism. Localism is the belief that power should be...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

Brooks: The murder-suicide of the West

When C.S. Lewis was a boy, his mother died. “With my mother’s death,” he wrote, “all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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