The Organization Kid | David Brooks (2001)

The Organization Kid; David Brooks; In The Atlantic; 2001-04.
Teaser: The young men and women of America’s future elite work their laptops to the bone, rarely question authority, and happily accept their positions at the top of the heap as part of the natural order of life.

tl;dr → 13,000 words


  • (Introduction)
  • The Origins of the Organization Kid
  • The Moral Life of the Organization Kid
  • Compelled by the Knightly Spirit
  • “Love and Success and Being Happy”
  • (Wrapup)



  • Harvard
    • Teddy Roosevelt
    • John Reed
  • Princeton
    • Hobey Baker
    • Allen Dulles
    • Adlai Stevenson
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • Jeffrey Herbst, professor, politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Fred Hargadon, ex-dean of admissions, Princeton
  • Brainerd Alden Thresher; College Admissions and the Public Interest,, a booklet, 1966
    • poetic frame of mind
    • prudential frame of mind
  • Dave Wilkinson, professor, physics, Princeton
  • Robert Gamble, tennis director, some camp, New Hampshire.
  • Kathryn Taylor, class of 1974, administrator, alumni affairs, Princeton
  • Aaron Friedberg, “teaches,” international relations Princeton.
  • Kathleen Deignan, dean of undergraduate students, Princeton.
  • Robert Wuthnow, unstated, a sociologist.
  • Robert George, professor, politics, Princeton.

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