I dislike soundling like a naysayer here but I believe that decline has escalated, and exponentially, for so long now that it is beyond fixable. I wish I had your optimism about this, Jack.
But from what I've seen I suspect it is going to take a complete breakdown of the system and rebuilding from scratch. And I do think we are closer to that rude fact than any of us care to believe.
Some of the things people are talking about here will be the least of our worries in the near future.
Argh. Call me Cassandra. . .