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David Brooks Fails on Climate Change

Scott Novak | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Scott Novak

While individuals in influential positions like Brooks continue to scoff at the warnings of the scientific community and mock the sufferings of the public, the rest of the world, quite literally, burns.

Is the Culture War Over?

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and "nurture stable families." But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn't over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can't win.

Educating for Democracy: David Brooks' 'Magical Thinking'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion
Joel Shatzky

In a recent op ed in the New York Times, David Brooks made a plea to social conservatives; those who vowed to "fight on" against the Supreme Court decision sanctioning same sex marriages.

David Brooks Says Hillary Can Have 'Bipartisan Governing Coalition' If She Just Copies Obama Campaign

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Let me put this as politely as I can. David Brooks has taken leave of his senses. There are no Republicans anywhere in this country who could be elected to the U.S. Senate, let alone the House of Representatives, who would ever, ever be part of any kind of bipartisan governing majority led by a Democratic president -- no matter how moderate he or she is.

Goodness Isn't Relative

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

One of the core tenets of the postmodern theory that swept through academia since the middle of the last century was an assertion of moral relativism.

Separated Americans

Terry Newell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

We have come to look for policies, programs, and politicians to fix what ails our society. We have come to think that the right job, the right salary, or the right medications will fix our personal struggles.

Energetic Progress in the Good

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

If you want to know how ineffective you really are, how little you matter in the world, you don't need to Google your own name. Just try to make another person's life better. It's hard, and it's slow.

David Brooks' Shameless Defense of the Iraq War

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

"The Iraq war error reminds us of the need for epistemological modesty," Brooks writes. That's bullshit, even if written in the lingua franca of the salons frequented by Brooks and other apologists for what Bush and Cheney visited on the people of Iraq.

Jeb Bush, Iraq, and the Vietnam Syndrome

Steven Conn | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Those who forget the past may not be doomed to repeat it, but they might well make a lot of very bad decisions that the rest of us wind up regretting.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With David Brooks on The Road to Character

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by New York Times columnist David Brooks, author of The Road to Character. In the book he explores how some of history's most influential figures built their strong inner character and what essential values they possessed that should be emphasized in today's world. In this clip he explains why the virtues discussed in his book transcend political affiliation.

How (And Why) To Be Humble When You Parent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

It's funny that we don't speak more about humility when we talk about parenting. God knows, if anything is humbling, it's the experience of being a parent.

A Fist Fight at the New York Times?

Anthony Biglan | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Anthony Biglan

Jonathon Chait seems to be trying to get a fist fight going at the New York Times. He claims in New York Magazine that a recent column by Paul Krugman was actually an attack on David Brooks.

Fight Poverty With Wages

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone agrees we've taken poverty seriously. We've created a panoply of relief programs to lessen it through government action, and yet, while we've enabled those with the lowest income to survive, the poor are still with us.

Baltimore and the Lessons of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

There is no longer a majority of the middle class, which has been decimated most recently by the busted housing bubble, but over a much longer period by the loss of those jobs dominating the post WWII economy that migrated overseas and blighted cities and even suburbs as a consequence.

NY Times Columnist David Brooks Explores Sin, Virtue In New Book

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) New York Times columnist David Brooks is the most unconventional of conservatives — the kind of traditionalist who has crossover appe...

Grace in the Media

Martin Marty | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Now and then we do stop to notice some of this "soft news," which surfaces in explicitly religious comment and, shall we call it, "theology," which is what it is.

David Brooks Does the Palin One-Step

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

David Brooks can't resist the old DC one-step. People who say "education is really important, but it's not the only determinant of wage growth" become people who disparage the importance of education.

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

Following 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack, Comedy Trumps Tragedy

Travis Irvine | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
Travis Irvine

More than a week after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, American comedians have made it clear that they stand with their fellow satirists in France. There were others who joined the condemnation as well, and not just from comedy.

Freedom of Expression Is Not Unlimited

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Freedom of expression does not mean that anyone has the right to be heard at any time and in any forum, no matter what. There are times when lines must be drawn for reasons both moral and legal, but there are other times when it is inappropriate and wrong to draw such lines.

David Brooks Calls Chris Hughes 'Callow And Incompetent'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 12.26.2014 | Media

David Brooks has joined the ranks of media figures unhappy with the new leadership at The New Republic. On Friday, in a column that appeared in The...

CFES Constituents Rally Around One Million More Campaign at National Conference

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.25.2015 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

"America's ongoing disinvestment in public institutions has forced those institutions to raise prices beyond a level that many low income students can afford to pay. So, they borrow. Often, they borrow more than they can later afford to repay. Education is not a privilege; it's a right."

The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.

What David Brooks Gets Wrong About 'Partyism'

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

Although Brooks decries the extent to which political appeals are phrased in existential terms, he simply tries to wish away the fact that politics addresses fundamental moral issues that go to the heart of what life is all about.

Here Comes the Judge

Francis Levy | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Artists are attempting to find something through the maintenance of a practice but what is a politician or leader trying to find? The answer is usually a series of intelligent decisions that lead his country out of a quagmire.