He writes,

The truth is, members of the upper tribe have made themselves phenomenally productive. They may mimic bohemian manners, but they have returned to 1950s traditionalist values and practices. They have low divorce rates, arduous work ethics and strict codes to regulate their kids.

Why not just call them Vickies?

Brooks concludes,

I doubt Murray would agree, but we need a National Service Program. 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.

Sounds like an argument for the Vietnam war, but without college deferments.

By the time you read this, I hope to have gotten through a decent amount of Murray’s book, assuming it’s available for download.