September 2, 2014 1:10 PM

David Brooks: Understanding the threat to the rules of civilization

The toughest part of governing is the effect on the mind of those who govern. As Henry Kissinger said, once you get into government you are not building up human capital; you are just spending it down. People in senior positions are simply too busy to learn fundamental new viewpoints. Their minds are locked within the ones they brought into power.

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