David Brooks

David Brooks
David Brooks
  • Born: August 11, 1961
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Columnist, Pundit









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Anybody who covers Washington and Wall Street knows that there is an awesome amount of self-dealing, most of it perfectly legal. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Cabinet Secretaries often have no control over their own agencies. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Class prejudice is applied both the white and black poor, whose demographic traits are converging. But classism combines with latent and historic racism to create a particularly malicious brew. People are now assigned a whole range of supposedly underclass traits based on a single glimpse of skin color. Discrimination & Prejudice
Companies are doing a good job at producing stuff. They are just doing it without people. Business, Commerce & Finance
Congressional parties are parochial parties. Political Parties & Machines
Democracy in the United States takes politicians who are reasonable in private and it churns them through a public process that is almost tailor-made to undermine their virtues. Perpetually kissing up to the voters destroys the leadership qualities the voters are looking for in the first place: tranquility of spirit, independence of mind and a sensitivity to the contours and complexity of reality. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Donald Trump has not been able to engender a lot of loyalty from his staff. He turns on a dime agaisnt them and they will do the same against him .... Loyalty to Trump is mostly pragmatic -- the people who are loyal are getting something for their loyalty. Leaders & Leadership ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Economics trumps environmentalism, for Democrats and Republicans. Policy & Policy Making
Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited for contagions of hysteria and overreaction. Human Nature
Given a choice of five strategies, they choose them all. Policy & Policy Making
Government Enviornmental poisitions are tradeoffs. In that process, Democrats tend to worry more about the harm done to the enviornment and the health of the people; Republicans tend to worry more about harm to business and the economy. Environment & Environmentalism ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Government is operating under uncertainty Management & Managing Government
He looks like a choirboy and bites like a shark. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He’s not a typical politician. He speaks his mind. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you’re the majority party, you want to use dollars to buy votes. Ideology is not relevant. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In an ideological, polarized political environment, people see the reality that they want to see. Human Nature
In this respect, higher education is now causing most of the growing inequality and strengthening class structure of the United States. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It’s tough for Washington to pass complicated legislation. Legislating & Legislative Process
Let's say you work at a university or a college. You are a cog in the one of the great inequality producing machines this country has known. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Often in capitalism, when you hit bottom, you have some perverse advantages—low cost and people really desiring a turnaround—to do whatever it takes. Miscellaneous ;Capitalism
Only 28 percent of American adults have a college degree, but most of us in this group find ourselves in workplaces in social milieus where almost everybody has been to college. A social chasm is opening up between those in educated society and those in non-educated society, and you are beginning to see vast behavioral differences between the two groups. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Our Presidents have ranged from the disgraceful to the heroic, but almost none of them were actually normal human beings. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Parties think slowly. Political Parties & Machines
Partisanship is culture. Loyalty to the team takes precedence over loyalty to the truth. Political Parties & Machines
Partisanship shapes the reality that people choose to see. Political Parties & Machines
Political parties are no longer ideological. They are social markers and cultural identifies for people who want to see where they belong.
Politically, you can’t do pain without the gain. Policy & Policy Making
Politics is not longer about argument of discussions it is about trying to put your opponents into the box of the untouchables. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Skepticism about authority turns into corrosive cynicism. Human Nature
Someone should put up a chart for Congress showing the difference between millions, billions, and trillions. Our problems are in trillions and Congress is arguing about millions. Budgets & Budgeting
That’s the lesson of politics. Go with your gut. You don’t know what is going to happen. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Constitution is not just a legal argument. It is a set of norms and practices and it’s a political document… Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The core functions of government are negative—putting out fires, arresting criminals, settling disputes—and much more of what government does is the unromantic work of preventing bad situations from getting worse. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The dream of diversity is like the dream of equality. Both are based on ideals we celebrate even as we undermine them daily. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The major conflicts of our day are autocrats verses the village square. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The people who own the country are now going to get to run it. Power
The people with high school degrees and the people who have college degrees are living in two different Americas. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The sequester is stupidity on stilts. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The sign of a failing President is his complaining about the limitations of the office Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The trouble with our intelligence is that we have a bunch of social scientists doing the analysis when the world is dominated by fanatics. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Social Sciences
The zooming wealth of the top 1 percent is a problem, but it’s not nearly as big a problem as the tens of millions of Americans who have dropped out of high school or college. It’s not nearly as big a problem as the 40 percent of children who are born out of wedlock. It’s not nearly as big a problem as the nation’s stagnant human capital, its stagnant social mobility and the disorganized social fabric for the bottom 50 percent. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There are plenty of team players in government who do whatever the leader says. There are too few difficult members, who have complicated minds, unusual perspectives, the toughness to withstand the party-line barrages and a practical interest in producing results. Management & Managing Government
This is a Republican Party that does not see optimism anywhere in the world. All they see is death and threats. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This is a response to a problem that does not exist. It is an outgrowth of nativism. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Immigration & Emigration
This was the most anticipated natural disaster in history. Environment & Environmentalism
Voters are not great at reading issues. They are great at reading character. Voters, Voting & Elections
We once had a society stratified by bloodlines, in which the Protestant Establishment was in one class, immigrants were in another and African-Americans were in another. Now we live in a society stratified by education. In many ways this system is more fair, but as the information economy matures, we are learning it comes with its own brutal barriers to opportunity and ascent. Equality & Equal Opportunity
You don’t have to be a left winger to be angry at Wall Street. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
You have got to be willing to pay for the government you want. Taxes
You will see Fidel Castro selling stocks for Morgan Stanley before you will see Yasser Arafat sign a peace treaty. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Highly educated young people are tutored, taught and monitored in all aspects of their lives, except the most important, which is character building. When it comes to this, most universities leave them alone.
If we do not have respect for evidence and the truth, then we can't have a democracy. Democracies & Republics ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
John McCain is never the kind of person that lies to himself. When he does something wrong he knows it and deals with it.... One of the few great men.
People used to complain that selling a president was like selling a bar of soap. But when you buy soap, at least you get the soap. In this campaign you just get two guys telling you they really value cleanliness.
People want reality that tells them how right they are all the time. Time
The rich don't exploit the poor. They just out-compete them.
This death cult has no reason and is beyond negotiation. This is what makes it so frightening. This is what causes so many to engage in a sort of mental diversion. They don't want to confront this horror. So they rush off in search of more comprehensible things to hate. Death
To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.
What family you were born into matters so much more than it did before in a perverse way. Families, Children & Parenting
When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising