Silly Brooks. If Western Europe has discredited liberalism, than the Gilded Age discredited conservatism. And saying that single-payer health care -- what with its lower cost, universal coverage, and better outcomes -- has been proven unworkable is particularly absurd. So, for that matter, is blaming Western Europe's stagnation of social policies rather than, for instance, on the fact that they work many fewer hours than we do.

Anyway, egregious column. Think we can get Brooks behind the subscription wall early?