Arthur C. Brooks

(Arthur Brooks)

Arthur C. Brooks
Arthur C. Brooks
  • Born: May 21, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author









Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist, musician, and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks is best known for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics. He is the author of 11 books, including two New York Times best sellers: The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise (2012) and The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America (Broadside Books, 2015). He is a self-described independent. In March 2018, Brooks announced his intent to step down as AEI's president.

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Conservatives have long stayed away from fairness debates. Liberals & Conservatives
Each one of our ideas should benefit the people with less power than us. Power
Grand bargains area a bad idea. Grand bargains are usually sought by people who do not want to make any progress. Negotiating & Negotiations
It is because of capitalism that we can pay for services to poor people that we don't even know. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Leadership matters most, and optimism and unity comes from the leader. Leaders & Leadership
Moral teaching should always be used as a gift and not a cudgel.... It is important that we all be able to share our moral viewpoints without hurting each other. That is what is wrong with political discourse today. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
There are many government takers, some of whom do not know that they are government takers, who just don't want there to be other government takers. Miscellaneous
This is the greatest country in the world for people who want to work, but we have to make sure that this is always true.. Welfare
We're in a political environment of competing pessimisms today. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As a political independent, I would gladly vote for any political party dedicated to limited government and entrepreneurship. Government
FDR created today's 30 percent coalition. Obama wants to finish the job by turning it into a permanent ruling majority. There's nothing new about the Obama Narrative. It is the FDR Narrative on steroids. It is intended to lead to greater statism and political gain.
Free enterprise is essentially a formula not just for wealth creation, but for life satisfaction. Life
If you think spreading money around by force seems like an odd definition of fairness, you're not alone. Money, Coins & Minting
In my book I don't just demonstrate that free enterprise is the most efficient way of organizing an economy - which it is. I also show that it's an expression of American values, and, thus, that a fight for free enterprise is very much a fight for our culture.
The battle is on, and nothing less than the soul of America is at stake.
The more control you have over your life, the more responsible you feel for your own success - or failure. Life ;Failure ;Success
The system that enables the most people to earn the most success is free enterprise, by matching up people's skills, interests, and abilities. In contrast, redistribution simply spreads money around. Even worse, it attenuates the ability to earn success by perverting economic incentives. Success ;Money, Coins & Minting
The truth is that relative income is not directly related to happiness. Nonpartisan social-survey data clearly show that the big driver of happiness is earned success: a person's belief that he has created value in his life or the life of others. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness ;Success
There is nothing inherently fair about equalizing incomes. If the government penalizes you for working harder than somebody else, that is unfair. If you save your money but retire with the same pension as a free-spending neighbor, that is also unfair. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality. Success ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
Whether we look at capitalism, taxes, business, or government, the data show a clear and consistent pattern: 70 percent of Americans support the free enterprise system and are unsupportive of big government. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes. We should not be ashamed of that. On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world and should be a source of pride.