David Brooks in today’s NYTimes wonders out loud if the contemporary American behavioral trend of heightened self-approval may be weakening the national civic culture. He often asks such “community” questions as he tries to puzzle out the workings of our democratic-republic system. He makes a comment on the connection to toxic partisanship in the political tribes, but I think unfairly leaves the comment on the table as if there is an equivalency among all partisans in the relevance to his issue today. There isn’t. The anti-government rhetoric of the so-called conservatives feeds the impulse some have to think of their own interests first and foremost. I don’t think that attitude reflects actual conservatism, but the term has been twisted at this point. Read Brook’s opinion here, and get the NYT if you want more.