Like many articles I read these days, this one starts strong but fizzles fast.
"The Strange Failure" isn't strange at all. It's actually predictable. What the world needs now (besides love, sweet love) is for smart people to get fired up about something besides money and conventional success. The point about "exaggerated faith in intelligence" is right on ("doers" are more valuable than thinkers), but everything else about diversity and "thinking institutionally" is gobbledygook. Sharpen up, Brooks.
Here's an idea: Let's just not rely on the educated elite anymore. All of society is capable of creativity and critical thinking, the two things that we need a lot more of.