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January 7th, 2010

Arthur C. Brooks

The New American Culture War

Underwritten by The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation

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Arthur C. BrooksAmerica faces a new culture war. This is not the culture war of the 1990s over religion, abortion, and homosexuality. Rather, it is a war between European-style social democracy and the free enterprise that is at the true core of American culture. This speech exposes the stakes in the struggle, and outlines a plan to re-orient America toward the principles of freedom, opportunity, and entrepreneurship.

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the author of Who Really Cares (Basic Books, 2006), which examines American charitable giving; Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America--and How We Can Get More of It (Basic Books, 2008); and a textbook on social entrepreneurship.  He contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page.

Research Areas:

  • Culture, politics, and economic life in America
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Philanthropy

Past Experiences:

  • Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy, 2007-2008
  • Professor of Public Administration, 2006-2008
  • Senior Research Associate, Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute, 2003-2008
  • Director, Nonprofit Studies Program, 2003-2007
  • Associate Professor of Public Administration, 2001-2005
  • Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research, 2001-2003
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

What others are saying:

"Emerging as one of the leading — and most original — social observers of his generation." —David Frum

"Arthur Brooks may be the most innovative and creative analyst of public policy in America today. His insights are in a different league and may lead to an entirely new approach to thinking through public policy." —Newt Gingrich

Learn more

Read Brooks' article in the Wall Street Journal about how capitalism is the real culture war.

Visit the AEI website for additional biographical information.