On Paradise Drive

David Brooks has been described as the “house conservative” among regular columnists for the New York Times. Since he is witty, usually good-natured, and fair, it’s a good bet that if Americans of more liberal persuasions can stomach a conservative commentator, he’s the one. Some conservatives mistrust him as having “gone over to the other side” in writing for the Times, while some of those on the opposite end of the political spectrum view him as a “plant” from his former employer, the Weekly Standard. Others consider Brooks a dilettante rather than a genuine sociologist.


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