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The disillusionment of David Brooks

The disillusionment of David Brooks

Update: 2019-05-023
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2013 was David Brooks’s worst year. “The realities that used to define my life fell away,” he says. His marriage ended. His children moved out. The conservative movement was undergoing the crack-up that would lead to Donald Trump, and to Brooks’s excommunication.

For Brooks, the past few years have been a radicalization. His new book, The Second Mountain, is an effort to work out a more service- and community-oriented definition of the good life. But on a deeper level, it’s a searing critique of meritocracy, of productivity, and, as I try to get him to admit in this podcast, of capitalism itself. But is Brooks really willing to embrace what that critique demands?

If you liked the “Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle” episode a few weeks back, you’ll love this one.

Book recommendations:
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris 
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RDubs

Honestly? I played this podcast just to have something in the background while cleaning house. Instead, I found myself putting down the dust mop so I could rewind or grabbing a pen to write down an interesting reference or some idea worth exploring. I was really blown away by how fascinating this interview became. The range of topics explored, the ideas exchanged and the eloquence with which David Brooks talks about his personal journey left me feeling not only enriched but also inspired. Another great episode; thank you Ezra!

May 7th
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The disillusionment of David Brooks

The disillusionment of David Brooks

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