Yes, this feeling was exactly the sort of idea I was trying to identify. That to 'us,' the journalist or you or I, it may appear that we are in a 'post-enlightment age' to use the author's term. I would argue that this is and illusion created by the fact the history is so condensed and the future so inclement. We squash all our history into a handful of visionaries and moments of genius, then we look around and ask where they are for the contemporary world. They don't exist, and they never have existed, at least not how we think of them. Rome was not built in a day and nor was the Hoover Dam, these grand ideas led by a visionary are less common because they never really were. The Hoover Dam was a combination of years of planning, development and eventual construction by many many talented men and women.