Fresh Start Conservatism

What David Brooks calls for in this op-ed.

He argues I think persuasively that the primary deficiency is in human capital investment, leading to a decreased quality American workforce.

Doing that would mean taking on the populists of the left and right, the ones who imagine the problem is globalization and unfair trade when in fact the real problem is that the talents of American workers are not keeping up with technological change.

Doing that would also mean stealing ideas from both the left and right. Liberals have spent more time thinking about human capital than conservatives, who have tended to imagine that if you build a free market, a quality labor force would magically appear.

Update I:  Will Wilkinson with a critique of Brooks’ op-ed from the libertarian viewpoint.

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