David Brooks wrote an interesting column arguing that if the GOP is going to modernize, as it needs to, it should focus less on the individual. “The problem is, this individualist description of human nature seems to be wrong,” Brooks said. “Over the past 30 years, there has been a tide of research in many fields, all underlining one old truth — that we are intensely social creatures, deeply interconnected with one another, and the idea of the lone individual rationally and willfully steering his own life course is often an illusion.” Brooks said the GOP should emphasize “society as well as individuals, security as well as freedom, a social revival and not just an economic one, and the community as opposed to the state.”
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