David Brooks has a great idea for solving America's cultural problems (and for him, all problems reduce to culture):
We need a program that would force members of the upper tribe and the lower tribe to live together, if only for a few years. We need a program in which people from both tribes work together to spread out the values, practices and institutions that lead to achievement.
If we could jam the tribes together, we’d have a better elite and a better mass.
There's a name for such a thing: the English manor. The great and the good, their virtues observed by an army of footmen and maids. Everyone living together in a strict hierarchy that teaches the value of place and work.
Come to think of it, there was another name for it. The conscript army.
Clearly Brooks has been watching too much Downton Abbey, and learning the wrong lessons.