Arthur C. Brooks

What's Fox & Friends Running For?
June 01, 2012

Last week I marveled at a video for American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks's new book, The Road To Freedom: How To Win The Fight For Free Enterprise. I'm not opposed to authors making videos to sell their books--hell, I've done it myself. But this video was indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad. What, I asked, is Arthur Brooks running for? Today I discover (via Talking Points Memo) that Fox & Friends aired a video decrying Obama's economic record, made in-house, that is similarly indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad (see below).

What's Fox & Friends Running For?
May 30, 2012

Last week I marveled at a video for American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks's new book, The Road To Freedom: How To Win The Fight For Free Enterprise. I'm not opposed to authors making videos to sell their books--hell, I've done it myself. But this video was indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad. What, I asked, is Arthur Brooks running for? Today I discover (via Talking Points Memo) that Fox & Friends aired a video decrying Obama's economic record, made in-house, that is similarly indistinguishable in format and tone from a political ad (see below).

What's Arthur Brooks Running For?
May 23, 2012

The American Enterprise Institute has spent the past couple of decades gradually shedding a once-decent reputation for think-tank scholarship--a worthy conservative counterpoint to (and occasional collaborator with) the Brookings Institution--and acquiring a new reputation as a slick assembly line for partisan agitprop. It began under AEI President Christopher DeMuth, whom I once labelled a "hack extraordinaire." But AEI's current president, Arthur C. Brooks, makes DeMuth look like a monk.

The Death of the Facts
October 04, 2010

The Battle: How the Fight Between FREE ENTERPRISE And BIG GOVERNMENT Will Shape America’s Future By Arthur C. Brooks (Basic Books, 174 pp., $23.95) If there is one dream of the Obama presidency that died a swift, merciless death with no hope of resuscitation, it was the hope that President Obama would usher in a new era of bipartisan technocracy. As the president explained over and over, he believed he was not imposing an ideological agenda but simply responding to problems. “I’m not interested in another old debate about big government versus small government,” he would say.

Rush Limbaugh's Shadow Reaches Into Every Corner
March 04, 2009

  (AP) Yesterday, I attended AEI's event commemorating one year since William F. Buckley's death. It featured a panel discussion between National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru, Charles Kesler of the Claremont Review of Books, and AEI's outgoing president, Chris DeMuth, about the future of conservatism. (The subject never gets old!) The institute's incoming president, 44-year-old Arthur C.

Conservative Giving
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December 11, 2006

Again, I haven't read the book. But from the article by Christopher Shea, also in Sunday's "Ideas" section of The Boston Globe, I fully understand why Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks (Syracuse University Press) will give a lot of people conniptions. Especially a lot of liberals. The point of the study, based apparently on respectable scientific evidence, is that conservatives are more charitable than liberals. And they are more charitable even if you deduct from their contributions the giving of conservatives to churches and other religious institutions.