David Brooks has been an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times since 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly and is currently a commentator on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Meet the Press. He is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, which was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Brooks also teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Brooks and Collins discuss the recent RNC report and the current crop of prospective Republican presidential candidates.
A second GOP would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obamas second Inaugural Address because of its excessive faith in centralized power, but who dont share the absolute antigovernment story of the current GOP.
The Republican Party has a long way to go before it revives itself as a majority party.
If you listened to the Republican candidates this year, you heard a conventional set of arguments. But if you go online, you can find a vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.
Conservatism has lost the balance between economic and traditional conservatism.
This is the source of Republican extremism: the conviction that the governing model is obsolete. It needs replacing.
Alec spoke with David Brooks on stage at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in Manhattan as part of the Public Forum series.
Progress on guns will be possible when the culture war subsides, but not before.
It’s ironic that race was the issue that created the Republican Party and that race could very well be the issue that destroys it.
The Buckley-era establishment self-confidently enforced intellectual and moral standards.
The recent fight over transgender bathrooms represents the reductio ad absurdum of the culture war.
Ronald Reagan’s G.O.P., and maybe some future G.O.P., will fix the immigration system and attract the people who will make the country innovative, dynamic and interesting for decades to come.
Marriage is in crisis because marriage, which relies on a culture of fidelity, is now asked to survive in a culture of contingency. Today, individual choice is held up as the highest value: choice of lifestyles, choice of identities, choice of cellphone rate plans.
At their best, Americans have always believed that people should have the widest possible latitude to exercise their faith as they see fit or not exercise any faith.
By imposing stricter standards on how courts review affirmative action plans, the court did send another small signal that the era of explicitly race-based affirmative action is coming to an end.
An open letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates.
If we could get this issue away from the abortion professionals and their orthodoxies, we could reach a sensible solution: abortion would be legal, with parental consent for minors, during the first four or five months, and illegal except in extremely rare circumstances afterward.