Who failed the country over the past decade? Peggy Noonan points out a few culprits, and their mindset. Bureaucracies, whether corporate, governmental, or religious, will always exist. The actions of the people who lead them is what counts.From Reader No. 1:
James Bowman's essay on Official Reaction to the Christmas Day Incident should be read alongside the David Brooks column you cite, both for what they agree on and what they don't. Incidentally, Brooks' comment that "over the past 50 years we have concentrated authority in centralized agencies and reduced the role of decentralized citizen action" is awfully revealing - did he mean 50 years, or 50 weeks?