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David writes about: Culture, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Spirituality

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David Brooks is one of the country’s most influential columnists, known for his twice-weekly op-eds about politics and culture in The New York Times, which he has written for since 2003. He is the author of multiple books, most recently The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.

Brooks began Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute in 2018, serving as its executive director. Weave aims to repair America’s social fabric, frayed by distrust, division, and exclusion, by shifting from a hyper-individualistic culture to one that is relationships-first.

A career journalist, Brooks worked at The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal, was a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor to The Atlantic and Newsweek, and is currently a commentator on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press. He teaches courses on moral thought and international affairs at Yale University.

Statecraft is soul craft. Through the policies they choose, governments can encourage their citizens to become one sort of person or another.


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