Category Archives: David Brooks

The art of thinking reasonably

David Brooks starts out talking about Richard Thaler, but he moves on to recommend a forthcoming book by Alan Jacobs, called How to Think. Brooks writes, Jacobs nicely shows how our thinking processes emerge from emotional life and moral character. … Continue reading

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Off-topic: marriage and grandchildren

I do not attach any political or economic significance to what I writing about in this post. Ordinarily, that would be clear, but this blog usually deals with political economy and these days people can find a political dividing line … Continue reading

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The 1960s and the present

David Brooks draws an analogy. So in the late 1960s along came a group of provocateurs like Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and the rest of the counterculture to upend the Protestant establishment. People like Hoffman were buffoons, but also masters … Continue reading

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Four political parties

In the NYT, Peter Baker writes, Although elected as a Republican last year, Mr. Trump has shown in the nearly eight months in office that he is, in many ways, the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent … Continue reading

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Re-reading David Brooks

Almost twenty years after it first appeared, I review Bobos in Paradise. What Brooks might have foreseen, but did not, was how this Bobo project would play out as it gathered momentum. In the last two decades, we have witnessed … Continue reading

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David Brooks on what moderates believe

He wrote, Politics is a limited activity. Zealots look to the political realm for salvation and self-fulfillment. They turn politics into a secular religion and ultimately an apocalyptic war of religion because they try to impose one correct answer on … Continue reading

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David Brooks on the case for moderation

His column concludes, Over the next few months I’m hoping to write several columns on why modesty and moderation are superior to the spiraling purity movements we see today. It seems like a good time for assertive modesty to take … Continue reading

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Bobos and their children

David Brooks writes, The educated class has built an ever more intricate net to cradle us in and ease everyone else out. It’s not really the prices that ensure 80 percent of your co-shoppers at Whole Foods are, comfortingly, also … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the new class war

Michael Lind writes, the theory of the managerial elite explains the present transatlantic social and political crisis. Following World War II, the democracies of the United States and Europe, along with Japan—determined to avoid a return to depression and committed … Continue reading

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Firm, Soft, Militant, Moderate

Suppose that your beliefs can be firm or soft, and that your tone can be militant or moderate. This yields a matrix: Firm Soft Militant True Believer Tribal Moderate Principled Weathervane The True Believer expresses anger and contempt for those … Continue reading

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