In today's NYT, David Brooks commends the Republican Party for an intellectual rebirth, and lists several authors. However, the only new book he discusses is "Suicide of the West" by Jonah Goldberg of the National Review. According to Brooks, the book deals with the modern application of John Locke's ideas about the relationship between the individual and society.
Brooks Is good about discussing new books and new ideas, but it seems like they are almost always by other Jewish writers, like Goldberg. Wikipedia says Goldberg's mother is Episcopalian, but that he was raised Jewish, like his father. It seems from reading Brooks that he thinks the only people doing good, original thinking in the US today are Jews. This could be true; Jews dominate the American literary world on both the left and the right, although it may turn out that there are some good non-Jewish writers today who are not recognized because all of the critics are Jewish. In addition to Jewish writers, there is a strong movement to recognize minority writers, especially blacks and Muslims, just because of their race.
Goldberg's book deals with John Locke, who was not Jewish. While Locke was writing what turned out to be revolutionary ideas that motivated the British colonies in America to rebel against the King, Jews in central Europe were writing revolutionary ideas about overthrowing their rulers. It did take a little longer, but their writings, especially Karl Marx's, led to the overthrow of the Tsar and the creation of the Soviet Union.
Many of the Jews who came to America in the early 1900s were rabid Communists, who were advocating that the US become Communist. Interestingly one of them was William Browder's grandfather, who was the head of the Communist Party in America. William Browder is an American financier who made billions playing the Russian economy after the fall of the Soviet Union, until he crossed Vladimir Putin, who cut him off. In retribution, Browder pushed the US Government to impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs who remained close to Putin, thus extracting his financial revenge. Thus, US sanctions on Russia are to a significant extent a weapon in a slugging match between billionaire Jews. After the American government did Browder's bidding, he renounced his American citizenship and became a British citizen. Browder was the author of the Magnitsky Act, which was the subject of the famous pre-election meeting in Trump Tower between Donald Trump's sons and a Russian lawyer. William Browder may succeed where his grandfather failed -- in bringing down the United States Government.
But I digress. If the United States must choose between Locke and Marx, I choose Locke. Locke was a member of my tribe, as were the Founding Fathers in the British colonies who embodied his ideas in the new government of what became the United States. At the moment, the ship of state based on these ideas is listing badly.