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Economist Arthur Brooks speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in ManchesterEconomist Arthur Brooks speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester
Brooks speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire.Lucas Jackson — Reuters
Brooks speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire., Lucas Jackson — Reuters
  • Title
    President
  • Affiliation
    American Enterprise Institute
  • Age
    51

If the right is to have a shot at steering American public policy, Arthur Brooks will be one of the architects of its vision. His conservatism stands for something more than tax cuts for the rich and ever-tighter ­restrictions on abortions. The New York Times’ David Brooks described it as “capitalism for the masses”: It includes a heavy emphasis on social entrepreneurship—leveraging business techniques to solve social problems. Not what you’d expect from a Seattle-born French-horn player.

—David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution

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