For too long, Americans have had to choose between policies that work and leaders who communicate concern for the poor and vulnerable. This New York Times best-seller offers a bold roadmap for how conservatives can express their values clearly and reunite the country around a fight for struggling people.


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Arthur Brooks is a leading conservative voice. As president of the American Enterprise Institute, he works with political, intellectual, and business leaders in Washington D.C. and around the country to defend liberty, increase opportunity, and expand access to the blessings of free enterprise for all.

An economist by training, Arthur has spent decades studying culture and public policy. His work in topics from technical economics to the sources of human happiness has established his reputation as a bestselling author, a prolific social scientist, and an original thinker.

Arthur’s path to Washington is anything but typical. Raised in liberal Seattle, he dropped out of college to play music and spent several years living in Spain. Three decades, three degrees, and three kids later, he is fighting to give everyone the same chance to build their lives and pursue happiness.

As the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a nationally recognized think tank based in Washington, D.C., Arthur leads a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise for all Americans. AEI is a private and nonpartisan non-profit. The scholars and research from AEI foment competition of ideas and educate leaders around the country.

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The third presidential debate showed glimmers of hope, but then regressed back to the partisan status quo. The big question moving forward is whether this vitriolic campaign will become the new normal or simply an aberration in US presidential politics.

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In their latest NYT conversation, Arthur Brooks and Gail Collins breakdown the second presidential debate, the candidates' healthcare plans, and the future of Obamacare.

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Oct 23


The world has gone to the jerks, right? Wrong. In this edition of his newsletter, Arthur highlights some of the latest research on "niceness." The results are straightforward: nice people come out on top when it comes to love, work, and happiness.