David Brooks — you remember him, the guy who voted for Obama because of the fabulous crease in his pants — wishes someone would spend half a billion dollars building summer camps for middle-aged men… so he could make some friends.
I envision a string of adult camps or retreat centers (my oldest friendships were formed at summer camp, so I think in those terms). Groups of 20 or 30 would be brought together from all social and demographic groups, and secluded for two weeks. They’d prepare and clean up all their meals together, and eating the meals would go on for a while. In the morning, they would read about and discuss big topics. In the afternoons, they’d play sports, take hikes and build something complicated together. At night, there’d be a bar and music.
Something tells me that progressives spend a lot of time fantasizing about building camps to send people to.