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Henry N. Brooks

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End of Writing

Writing is Becoming the Lost American Art Form

Whatever the causes, the cultural effects of our departure from writing are quickly becoming apparent.

Partisan Inconsistency

After a Hellish Month in Virginia, Democrats Have Some Explaining to Do

I never expected what I saw these past weeks. In many ways it reflects a deeper problem of partisanship in American life at the moment.


How Past Generations Thought Differently about the Economy

Are we missing something important about the quality and dignity of labor in the American economy, as so many Democrats — particularly from the party’s progressive wing — would have us believe?

Durbin and DACA

We Are Failing as a Moral Republic

We should again strive to be an exemplar country with a unique civic consensus neither racial nor religious, but human.

Charlie Baker Elected Massachusetts Governor

Hope after the Midterms

This cohort of blue-state Republicans signals a kind of possibility that I find encouraging. I call it the possibility of collective progress.


Borders Everywhere Are Becoming Real — and Deadly

If we can’t defuse the bomb of nationalism, the risks might be unprecedented.

Make America Great Again

Trump’s Monetary Policy is Economically and Ethically Confused

Trump's critique of the Federal Reserve's latest interest rate hike reveals a split democracy: One for the people; the other for the shareholders.


‘For a Socialist Future’ Posters Deserve Our Skepticism

I’m skeptical of the “socialist future” advertised around campus. I don’t imagine common-sense reform is their priority, nor am I convinced that justice requires class-based organizing.


With Amlo, Mexico is Getting a Lesson in Pragmatism

America’s Democrats should tune in.


Recovering American Exceptionalism

Especially in the Trump era, it seems well worth our time to reexamine the mythos of fireworks and declarations, if only to ensure our own good intentions.

Bad Liberals

No More Possessive Liberals

For good or ill, the country has become ensnared in decades-old politics.


The Importance of Humanist Aspirations

These yearnings for civility, like Hawking’s longing for cosmic travel, may seem like a commendable response to the times. They are not our better angels, though.


Trump’s Silence on South African Land Reform is a Sign of the Times

In the bygone ages of Woodrow Wilson or John F. Kennedy ’40, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, America might have offered some sort of policy or moral guidance. But no longer in the era of President Donald Trump, Twitter tirades, and trade wars.


Secularism and Its Discontents

We must work to cultivate a space in which gods, spirits, the secular, and the queer can cohabitate.


Harvard’s New President is the Liberal’s Old Dilemma

That Bacow is our incoming president may well prove to be a win-win scenario.