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David Brooks’s Search for Meaning

In the introduction to his new book, “The Road to Character,” David Brooks breaks the columnist’s fourth wall with a startling confession: “I was born with a natural disposition towards shallowness.” Brooks, who established a reputation...Show More Summary

Off the Bullshit Scale

This is possibly the dumbest thing to appear on the NY Times editorial page in some time, which is a real accomplishment considering they run David Brooks twice a week. Tweet

David Brooks: English draws immigrants

I do not read David Brooks. Bad for my health. But when I saw the headline "Talent loves English" this morning, I hadn't had much coffee and didn't do what I knew was the right thing. I actually read the piece. Big mistake.Wherever the...Show More Summary

Why Healthcare Is Incapable Of “Plugging-In” New Solutions

  David Brooks, CEO of Medlio The first time I heard Par8o’s tagline “Healthcare’s Operating System,” I remember thinking to myself, “what the hell does that mean?” I now think I have a pretty good idea. Over the last two and a half years, my partners and I have been on a journey to transform... Read More

Bill Kristol’s latest Iraq nonsense: Dumber and more dangerous than David Brooks

The man who laid the foundation for our Iraq blunder is still unbelievably disengaged from reality

David Brooks' Shameless Defense of the Iraq War

This article originally appeared in The Washington Spectator. "If you could go back to 1889 and strangle Adolf Hitler in his crib would you do it?" David Brooks asks in the lead paragraph of his column in Tuesday's New York Times. The answer is obvious, Brooks says. Show More Summary

The Master of Humility Shifts the Iraq War Goalposts

Very humbly, of course. Recently, David Brooks scribbled a mea culpa about his support for the Iraq War that was heavy on the mea and very light on the culpa. While many people have taken apart Brooks‘ column, there’s one … Continue reading ?

Jeb Bush, Iraq, and The Vietnam Syndrome

David Brooks is a nice guy, and thinks the rest of us have been too mean to Jeb Bush, dumping on him for his bungling responses to questions about his brother's war in Iraq. Don't dwell on the past, he wrote in his New York Times column (May 19) because you can't undo it. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: 'History will allow clear judgments' on Iraq

Simon Maloy: New York Times columnist David Brooks was once an enthusiastic backer of George W. Bush’s disastrous invasion of Iraq. He’d write columns for the Weekly Standard – the official journal of bankrupt neoconservative thought...Show More Summary

Can Somebody Explain to Me Why David Brooks Still Has His Job at the New York Times?

Busy day today: lecturing my class on humility & writing column on how my disastrous support for Iraq War must never be questioned.— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 19, 2015 David Brooks: [Learning From Mistakes](http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/opinion/david-brooks-learning-from-mistakes.html):...Show More Summary

David Brooks Never Learns

[Content Note: Iraq War; World War II/Nazi reference.]David Brooks' latest garbage column for the New York Times is titled "Learning from Mistakes," and it's all about how he doesn't do that. Basically.He was the head cheerleader ofShow More Summary

From Serving Others to Serving Self: Dealing With Tectonic Cultural Shifts

Most people who look at the cultural decline of the United States will say it started in the 1960s with the sexual revolution and the drug culture. But according to New York Times columnist David Brooks, it began not in the psychedelic Sixties, but in the frumpy Forties.

HUFFPOST HILL - Team Clinton Lifts Moratorium On Candidate Providing Canned Answers To Predictable Questions

David Brooks called mistakes leading up to the Iraq war “data points in a larger education,” which is, oddly enough, what William Randolph Hearst said about the Spanish-American War. President Obama has long espoused a Kenyan anti-colonial...Show More Summary

David Brooks’ sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history

The conservative New York Times columnist explains what he's learned from his Iraq war boosting: largely nothing

David Brooks’s Pathetic Iraq Excuses

David Brooks starts off his apologia with some stoned-dorm-room stuff about how if Hitler had been strangled in the crib we wouldn’t have the GI Bill or as many women in the workforce, which means that nobody can really held responsible for Iraq. It does not improve from there. First, note this crafty bit of […]

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

Tonight, I'm joined by New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks, author of the #1 best-selling text, The Road to Character. In the book, Brooks explores how some of history's most influential figures built their strong inner characters,...Show More Summary

David Brooks’ semi-mea culpa on the war in Iraq

It’s easy to make fun of David Brooks’ semi-mea culpa on the war in Iraq. But let’s not forget that liberals like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton voted for the war, and if you think they did it solely for political posturing, then you’re more cynical than I am. Personally, I was against the invasion, […]

“The Road To Character” by David Brooks

David Brooks will be my guest in the first hour of Monday’s show, taking about his new and engrossing book The Road To Character. It is a remarkable series of mini-biographies about men and women who ought to be emulated: who teach us how to live. Show More Summary

David Brooks: Hoisted from the Archives from Nine Years Ago

Ben: [Unfogged](http://www.unfogged.com/archives/week_2015_05_03.html#014602): "Since people are talking about David Brooks... >...and his obsession with 'values' and 'meaning' and whatnot, let's all pause to recall that he's a shameless liar and fantasist who doesn't even have the grace to acknowledge it when he's caught. Show More Summary

How (And Why) To Be Humble When You Parent

There is so much to like about David Brooks' recent "Moral Bucket List" essay that I am still thinking about it, after sending it around to everyone I know. I am particularly fascinated by his description of humility as "an intense self-awareness...Show More Summary

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