Update: I’m not responding per se to what Sven wrote – but to so much talk in our society about left, right, and center that does not make sense to me. And Sven gave me a chance to rant since people may have that spectrum in their head when thinking about Brooks’ alleged centrism.
I’ll take Sven’s bait.
The left-right spectrum does not have a lot of utility, especially once you start doing cross-national comparisons. So, Hitler is on the right and so is Adam Smith? Stalin on the left with the ACLU? So let’s stop talking about left, right, and center (even though I, bowing to the language we are currently afflicted with, do reference it on occassion). Instead, we should use something like the Nolan Chart (though even this, unfortunately, uses left and right as well) or just plain words like progressive, socialist, social democrat, classical liberal, Burkean conservative, American conservative, neoconservative, libertarian, etc.
Here is a variant of the Nolan Chart created by Marshall Fritz: