An authoritarian fear of difference best explains the intolerance sweeping the Republican Party.
David Brooks“Trying a new cuisine, attending a different faith’s religious service, or carpooling for a week with someone of a different race is energizing...and engaging for one type of person but leaves the opposite type frightened, “unhinged.” @conor64
David BrooksAs a generation, boomers have excelled at the material things that make life pleasant, convenient, long and fun. They have struggled in the realms that other civilizations would have considered more profound: governance, philosophy, art and public morality
David BrooksWho is the quintessential boomer? Here are two nominees:
Bill Clinton: Hugely talented, high achieving, sometimes self-indulgent.
Steven Spielberg: Preserved human values in an age of technology; looked back admiringly to earlier generations.
David Brooks“Pluralists believe that culture mixing has always been and should be the human condition. All cultures define and renew themselves through encounter. A pure culture is a dead culture while an amalgam culture is a creative culture.”
Navigating the tension between work and relationships.
David Brooks“A tech entrepreneur who is 50 is twice as likely to start a superstar company than one who is 30, because he or she has a broader range of experience. A survey of the fastest-growing tech start-ups found that the average age of the founder was 45.”
David Brooks“While we’re learning to preach gospel of openness and diversity, we’re mostly not living it. In the realm of public life, many live as monads, within the small circles of one specialty, one code, no greatness.”
The progressive-liberal civil war isn’t just a conflict of what’s too far left.
David BrooksLiberalism arose out of the fact that political revolutions, while exciting at the outset, usually end up in brutality, dictatorship and blood. Working within the system is best.
David BrooksCritics on the left argue that liberalism is a set of procedures that the privileged adopt to mask their underlying grip on power. Left-wing critics detest liberalism’s incrementalism and argue that only a complete revolution will uproot injustice.