From The Claremont Institute Via YouTube: Charles Kesler In Conversation With Walter Russell Mead

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Mead discusses how he sees both domestic policy and U.S. foreign policy in the video above.

Mead discusses his then new book entitled God and Gold:  Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World in the video below:

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The interviewer, Charles Kesler, discusses his view of the Grand Liberal Project from the conservative point of view:

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Full post here.

Where is the money going to come from?  More taxes, more regulations?

‘Over at Forbes, William Baldwin counsels potential home buyers to avoid “death spiral” Blue States that have more “takers” than “makers.” These states are further doomed by poor credit-worthiness,’

but he finishes with:

‘It is important to note, however, that rampant government dependence and economic mismanagement are not exclusively blue-state pathologies. Corrupt and crony Republicans can be every bit as sleazy and dangerous as their Democratic counterparts. South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi are on this list for good reason.’

The old models aren’t working like they used to.  I’ve often observed that people fight more over the less there is, and the less they perceive there is.

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Walter Russell Mead At The American Interest: ‘Beyond Blue Part One: The Crisis of the American Dream’

Full piece here.

‘The frustration and bitterness that fills American politics these days reflects the failure of our current social, political and economic institutions and practices to deliver the results that Americans want and expect.’

The first of at least two parts, Mead will likely get you thinking (as he gets at the thought many Americans are likely sharing; that we’re living according to maps that don’t line up with the terrain like they used to).

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Walter Russell Mead At The American Interest: ‘Rhode Island: Athens of America?’

Full post here.

Well, maybe not Athens, but not doing well and unwilling to face fiscal reality. Mead’s theory is that the end of the blue social model is nigh.

‘As the American political system attempts to grapple with the growing pension, debt and entitlement crisis, three types of responses seem to be emerging.  There is the true blue ostrich approach of the unions themselves and their closest allies: denial and rage.  There is the attitude of more centrist Democrats like Governor Cuomo and Mayor Emanuel: make prudent cuts, hold the line on spending, work to quietly make government more efficient without jumping into a full scale confrontation with the unions.  And there is the Scott Walker, dragonslayer approach: take them on.’

Providence was always a bit corrupt if I recall.

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