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Santorum's Anti-Family Stance on Social Security

Daniel Marans | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Daniel Marans

If Santorum were really such a pro-family candidate, he would be a strident defender of Social Security, which helps keep families strong and encourages hard work. Santorum's record shows that he is anything but.

Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

As Brooks extols his vision of compassionate conservatism, he passes over the major outrage of Ruthie Leming's last year on earth -- the fact that her community had to hold fundraisers so her family could pay her medical bills.

Top 20 David Brooks False Equivalencies of 2011

Jonathan Bines | Posted 02.29.2012 | Media
Jonathan Bines

Although we may not yet know what troubles the nation will face in the coming year, thanks to David Brooks, we do know that whatever they are, both sides will be equally to blame.

Out Come The Knives: Conservative Pundits Slam Gingrich

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

As Newt Gingrich's surge in the polls continues, the backlash against his campaign for president has begun. Prominent conservatives like Ann Coulter, ...

Michael Calderone

Conservative Pundits: GOP Primary Lacks Foreign Policy Focus | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media

The Republican Party is divided like never before on the issue of U.S. foreign policy, with rifts over foreign engagement, Pentagon budgeting and the ...

A Different Answer: Let's Occupy Ourselves

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

With injustice rankling across society, it's amazing that the Occupy movement isn't more forceful and widespread. But I think there's a reason why. People are tired of extreme divisiveness, even when there's good reason to point out the bad guys and stand up to them.

The Best Reason I've Heard To Spend Less

M. Lin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Women
M. Lin

There is something to be said for not unwittingly losing the "warmth and conviviality" in our lives as we grow in our financial prosperity.

Jason Linkins

Paul Krugman Sends Secret Message To Fellow NYT Columnist | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2011 | Media

Have you read Paul Krugman's latest New York Times column? It is a delight. Titled "Failure Is Good," Krugman sounds off on the super committee an...

David Brooks on Inequality, Part II: The Comedy Tour

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.17.2012 | Media
Richard Brodsky

Income inequality is the greatest domestic long-term threat to the American experience that we face. It ain't funny and it ain't trivial.

In Industry We Trust

Scott Edwards | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Scott Edwards

Until the fracking industry provides scientists and the public with a list of the toxics it wants to pump into the earth, this activity simply should not be allowed anywhere.

David Brooks Is Wrong About the Penn State Rape

Andy Ostroy | Posted 01.15.2012 | Crime
Andy Ostroy

His main supposition is that none of us truly knows what we would do in that very same situation until we're in "McQueary's shoes," and that it's easy for us to judge and condemn others when we might actually behave in the same manner.

How 'Occupy Portland' Made History This Week

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Good leaders and clear agendas must, indeed, emerge, but the best things that Portlanders did on Saturday night were that a) they found the courage to turn out in great numbers and b) they refused to be baited.

David Brooks Compares Mitt Romney To Marx Brother

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

New York Times columnist David Brooks compared Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to Zeppo Marx of the Marx Brothers Monday in a column tit...

Classrooms for Tomorrow

Joel Arquillos | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Joel Arquillos

The New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow conference was a discussion on how technology will continue to impact how children learn and how schools may change to accommodate this revolution.

Defending the Indefensible: David Brooks on Income Inequality

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.01.2012 | Media
Richard Brodsky

The Right's defense of the gigantic increase in income inequality is pushing the boundaries of reasonable argument into the laughable. See David Brooks' contortions in Monday's New York Times.

Stop! Idiot!

Sherman Yellen | Posted 12.25.2011 | New York
Sherman Yellen

If I had the power to stop that car with these words, wouldn't it be wonderful if I could do so with others who were either life-threatening or just plain annoying? Here's my top twelve list.

Jason Linkins

Here Are Some Thoughts I Had For America! This Week In Pundit Pontifications | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.21.2011 | Media

You know, I'm proud to have my nation compared to Slovakia. I'm pleased that the new head of state in Peru -- Ol' What's His Name -- is tamping down the leftist rhetoric and embracing the investor class, rather than flamboyantly consolidating his own power, like the guy who runs Brazil. And rather than concern myself with the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, I'm sending some money to Somalia, because despite the fact that the Somalians are dirt poor, they have their priorities right. Rather than organize for relief of the destitute, they're demonstrating against an offshoot of al Qaeda, which heretofore was and forever hence will never be on our list of strategic priorities.

Behind The Bipartisan 'Austerity Class' That Rules Washington

The Nation | Ari Berman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

In September the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a bipartisan deficit-hawk group based at the New America Foundation, held a high-p...

Monkeys Join Wall Street Protest

Frans de Waal | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Frans de Waal

From this experiment and others like it, we believe in an inborn sense of fairness. But there is more: primate studies also tell us something about empathy and altruism. In contrast to inequity, which is on the rise in our society, empathy appears in decline.

The Self-Absorbed Higher Ed System

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.07.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

If the current economic crisis is teaching us anything, it's that we have a serious mismatch between the "traditional" student of today and what much of higher ed is offering.

Young Adults Are Moral... Just in a Different Way: A Response to David Brooks

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Young adults are far from impotent when it comes to discussing right and wrong. First, they are deeply curious. They want to know what it means to live a good life.

Finding God And Community In Simple Dwellings

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

The nicer places felt colder. Rather than getting to know the other guests through communal dinners and the staff through informal encounters, they sat at separate tables and were served by waiters who kept their distance.

Lawrence Summers Gives Great Keynote at NY Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Dr. Lawrence H.Summers, former President of Harvard, gave a brilliant keynote address at the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference in which he talked about how technology will change education.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Is Sad That Obama Didn't Buy Him A Pony | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2011 | Media

David Brooks, man without a political party, is embittered today that President Barack Obama didn't create a political party for him. I have to admit, the party that David Brooks seems to want sure sounds like a wonder!

Do We Create Our Own Morality?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Moral education needs to join in the major educational shift toward a focus on the learner rather than on the teacher. Every teacher knows that what we teach and what our students learn are two very different things.