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    Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 and the Future of the Legal Profession to the Federalist Society Student Chapter at Washburn Law School on April 17, 2004

    Posted by Lexington Green on 16th April 2014 (All posts by )

    Thanks to the Federalist Society chapter at Washburn University School of Law for inviting me to speak, and to the national Federalist Society for making the trip to Topeka possible.

    This is my first talk as an authorized speaker for the Federalist Society. I have developed a new version of my “stump speech” which is focused on lawyers and the legal profession.

    Please note: If you are associated with a student or lawyer chapter of the Federalist Society, please contact me. I would like to speak to your group.

    It will be at Washburn University School of Law, Room 114, at 12:10 on Thursday, April 17, 2014 — lunch provided!

    There is a flyer for the event below the fold.

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    America, England, Europe – Why do we Differ? Bennett and Lotus apply the America 3.0 analysis to Europe — and Special Thanks to John O’Sullivan

    Posted by Lexington Green on 14th April 2014 (All posts by )

    John O'Sullivan

    Jim Bennett and I recently had a chance to publish an essay in the Hungarian Review. It is titled America, England, Europe – Why do we Differ? In it we apply the same type of analysis we used in America 3.0.

    In our essay we discuss the anthropological underpinnings of modern societies, and reference the work of Alan Macfarlane and the family system analysis of Emmanuel Todd. We note the extremely long lasting character of culture, and describe thinkers who are aware of this, and build it into their analysis, as the “Continuity Model.” We suggest that European countries need to find a path toward liberal democracy that is consistent with their underlying cultures. We note the damage done by Marxist and Marxisant thinking. We condemn the European Union as a serious misstep for Europe, and suggest that it be dismantled or cut back massively.

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    Posted in America 3.0, Book Notes, Europe | 11 Comments »

    Thanks to: (1) The Oak Park Public Library for the Chance to Speak About America 3.0, (2) the Oak Leaves for an interview about America 3.0, and (3) Augie from Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore

    Posted by Lexington Green on 10th April 2014 (All posts by )

    augie

    I spoke about America 3.0 at the Oak Park Public Library last night.

    The event went very well. We had about thirty people attending, including blog pals onparkstreet and Bruno Behrend. That’s considered a good turnout for one of these things, apparently. I spoke for about 40 minutes and we had at least 45 minutes of lively Q&A, with lots of further face to face discussions after I left the stage. OPPL has rating sheets they pass out after these author events, and all the ones that were handed in gave me 5 out of 5 stars. Nice.

    After the event a bunch of us adjourned to the Friendly Tap, whose motto is: “You are a stranger here but once.” They had an open mic night going on. One of the musicians played a very nice version of Wichita Lineman. Another fellow told me he played Neil Young covers, but he did not know my favorite Neil Young song, Barstool Blues. I told him I expected him to know it next time!

    Also, special thanks to one of two weekly papers in Oak Park, the Oak Leaves for an interview with me published the day before the talk at OPPL: Oak Park author looks ahead to America’s next incarnation. An excerpt:

    Q: Why do you believe we are entering into a third phase of American life?
     
    A: The United States went through a massive economic transition once already. We transformed ourselves from a primarily rural, agricultural country into an industrial country, in fact an industrial colossus. We call the America of the Founding Era, America 1.0. We call the Industrial Era, which is ending, America 2.0.
     
    The new technology, of which the Internet is just the first step, will lead to economic change of even greater magnitude. We call the coming political and economic order America 3.0, to emphasize how massive this change really will be, at least as big as the biggest change we have previously experienced.

    The interview is a nice, short synopsis of the book.

    Finally, big thanks to Augie (pictured above) from the excellent Centuries and Sleuths bookstore for having copies of America 3.0 available for sale and autographing. I was happy to see he sold every copy he brought to the event. He’s on Madison in Forest Park. Check out his store if you are in the neighborhood.

    Posted in America 3.0, Book Notes | No Comments »

    Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 at the Oak Park Public Library, TONIGHT Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 9th April 2014 (All posts by )

    OPPL Main photo

    I will be speaking about America 3.0 at the beautiful Oak Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. I hope you can join me.

    Special thanks to Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore for making copies of America 3.0 available for sale at the event.

    Centuries and Sleuths Window Display

    Above is the Window display for America 3.0 at Centuries & Sleuths.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements | No Comments »

    Mike Lotus Discussing America 3.0, Panel Discussion at the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat, with Charles Kesler and Brian Calle

    Posted by Lexington Green on 8th April 2014 (All posts by )

    Here is the video of the panel discussion “What of America’s Future?” at the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat on March 23, 2014.

    The moderator was Brian Calle. My colleague in the discussion was Prof. Charles R. Kesler.

    Charles Kesler’s recent book is entitled I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism, which I recommend highly.

    Thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for inviting me to participate!

    Posted in America 3.0, Book Notes | 6 Comments »

    Thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for the Opportunity to Speak about America 3.0

    Posted by Lexington Green on 4th April 2014 (All posts by )

    terranea sunset

    I had a wonderful opportunity to speak at the recent David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat on March 23, 2014.

    The very last talk of the weekend was on the topic of America’s Future. It was in a “three chair” format. The moderator was Brian Calle. The other person in the interview was Prof. Charles R. Kesler.

    Before the event I was able to read much of Charles Kesler’s recent book entitled I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism. The book is, mercifully, not entirely about our current president. It is instead a history of liberal and progressive politics in the last 100 years. Recommended.

    The discussion went well, and was well received, I am told by reliable observers.

    There were many good speakers over the weekend. Some standouts (from memory) were Catherine Engelbrecht, Caroline Glick, Bret Stephens, Congressman Louie Gohmert (who was much better than I expected). The entire event was beautifully run, and the facility, the Terranea Resort was very nice. Frankly, it was quite a bit more posh than I am used to. Being in California instead of Chicago for a few days, with a 25 degree temperature difference was also good.

    My most heartfelt thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for having me speak, to the many people who spoke to me about the America 3.0, and to the many people who bought the book.

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    Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 at the Oak Park Public Library, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 2nd April 2014 (All posts by )

    I will be speaking about America 3.0 at the beautiful Oak Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. I hope you can join me.

    Special thanks to Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore for making copies of America 3.0 available for sale at the event.

    Special thanks also to Jim Bowman for his piece in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal, A library book-talk you don’t want to miss: Rebooting American prosperity.

    The flyer for the event is below the fold.

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    Illinois Mirror Poll Shows Republican Bruce Rauner is up 13 Points Over Incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn in IL Governor’s Race

    Posted by Lexington Green on 31st March 2014 (All posts by )


     

    My friend Eric Kohn runs a terrific new site: Illinois Mirror.

    Here is his opening manifesto.

    Illinois’ legacy, calcified media long ago abdicated its obligation to provide useful knowledge that engenders an informed public. I don’t really care if it’s out of disinterest, laziness, partisanship, or cozy relationships with those in power, but the establishment media outlets stand by and tap their keyboards while Illinois crumbles. So, if the air-brushed, teleprompter-fed local media won’t do its job, Illinois Mirror will.
     
    We accept the responsibility that they abandoned. We’ll offer a perspectives that they ignore to reveal how Illinois government really works and its effects on the public.

    Right on.

    And so far, so good. In fact: So far, so outstanding.

    The Illinois Mirror today published the amazing results of its poll for the Governor’s race.

    This is the first poll for this race.

    The Illinois Mirror poll shows GOP candidate Bruce Rauner up THIRTEEN POINTS over Donk Pat Quinn!

    Wow. We know Pat is awful, and we know the state is an ongoing train wreck. But still, for a purportedly Blue state, that is a surprising number.

    Barring a disaster, we will elect a GOP governor who at least talks like a reformer and, fingers crossed, will actually be one.

    I, and many others like me, ask only this of Bruce Rauner: Be what you say you are, do what you say you will do.

    Please.

    The old timers in the GOP were against Rauner. And the teachers unions pushed their members to switch-hit and take GOP ballots to vote for Kirk Dillard, the main establishment GOP candidate. As a result, Dillard got within a couple of points of Rauner, confounding many polls which predicted a Rauner blowout.

    In fact, the only poll that correctly showed the race would be close was the Illinois Mirror poll!

    Nice work.

    Question for the studio audience: Is there any chance this lopsided poll result will be a bellwether for the USA generally in November?

    I sure hope so.

    And keep your eye on the Illinois Mirror!

    Posted in Elections, Politics, Polls, Uncategorized, USA | 11 Comments »

    Mike Lotus Interviewed on Coffee and Markets about America 3.0

    Posted by Lexington Green on 29th March 2014 (All posts by )

    Thank you to Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson for interviewing me on Coffee and Markets on March 26, 2014 about America 3.0. Coffee and Markets is a part of the Red State empire.

    It was an enjoyable interview, and I hope the listeners enjoyed it.

    The interview may be heard here.

    Posted in America 3.0, Book Notes | Comments Off

    Mike Lotus at David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat, March 23, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 5th March 2014 (All posts by )

    Mike Lotus will be speaking about America 3.0 at the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat on March 23, 2014.

    The current plan is to have the lunch keynote discussion be on the topic of America’s Future. It will be a “three chair” format. The moderator will be Brian Calle, and the other person in the interview will be the distinguished Prof. Charles R. Kesler.

    I picked up Mr. Kesler’s recent book entitled I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism. I will read it, though I find it hard to spend too much time on the distasteful topic of our current president.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Book Notes | 3 Comments »

    “America as we have conceived of it is done.” Really? No.

    Posted by Lexington Green on 27th February 2014 (All posts by )

    “America as we have conceived of it is done.”

    Then why are we bothering to talk about it?

    America as it exists today changed from something else to what it is now — and it will change from what it is now into something else again.

    What the new something else is — is up to us.

    Socialist ideas are wrong. Socialist policies fail to deliver. Socialist programs are value destroying. Socialist public bodies are wasteful and ruinous. Socialist promises are lies. Socialist politicians are fools or scoundrels. Socialist authority tries to coerce outcomes that it can never achieve.

    Socialism cannot work.

    Socialism always fails.

    So as American gets more socialistic, it is simply that much closer to the exhaustion and disintegration of socialism, American style.

    It is a matter of when and how, not if, a socialistically organized American public sector, or corporatist-public sector, will fail.

    So, America as we conceived it is not only not done, it is going to be only alternative remaining when the people who benightedly or maliciously tried to “vote themselves rich” have imposed enough ruin on themselves.

    Ronald Reagan was right about the Soviet Union, and everybody else, including me, was wrong. While earnest looking men in suits advised the President about that invincible Nemesis sprawled athwart Eurasia, Reagan would respond with a joke about how the elevators and toilets never work in Russia.

    American style crony capitalism and political machine hackery will die a similar death for identical reasons.

    We are having this discussion because even Rev. Sensing himself surely believes there is an America worth living in that we may yet succeed in creating — as hard as it will be to do that.

    And technology is on our side.

    We are near the bottom of a J-shaped curve, but the upswing is coming.

    We are heading through a painful transition period to America 3.0.

    Lift your chin. Be happy. Don’t give up.

    Fear God and dread nought.

    We are going to win this thing.

    Who’s with me?

    Posted in America 3.0 | 30 Comments »

    Video: Mike Lotus Discussing America 3.0 at the Heartland Institute

    Posted by Lexington Green on 18th February 2014 (All posts by )

    I spoke about America 3.0 at the Heartland Institute on December 12, 2013.

    It was about 30 minutes of me talking, and 30 minutes of Q&A.

    Video is here.

    Thanks again to Jim Lakely at Heartland for inviting me to speak, and to Keely Drukala for putting this video together, and incorporating my slides.

    Posted in America 3.0, Video | 1 Comment »

    History Friday: T.E. Hulme (1883-1917)

    Posted by Lexington Green on 14th February 2014 (All posts by )

    T.E. Hulme was a poet and critic who died leaving behind a very small corpus of work. Nonetheless, he is considered to be an influential figure in artistic modernism, and more tenuously, in modern conservatism.

    Further, Hulme was an English version of a peculiar type of artist and intellectual that emerged in the early 20th century, which we rarely see anymore: A radical reactionary, a revolutionary conservative, or an anarchistic tory. On the Continent, these sorts of people tended toward fascism. An excellent book on this era is The Generation of 1914.

    In the English speaking world, they tended to be religious and cultural conservatives. T.S. Eliot falls into this category. My favorite, Evelyn Waugh falls generally on this part of the spectrum, as well, though Waugh is a late specimen of the type, and on the more pugnacious side, which I like.

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Arts & Letters, Book Notes, Britain, History, Quotations | 8 Comments »

    Thanks to the Men’s Group at St. John of the Cross Church, Western Springs, IL

    Posted by Lexington Green on 9th February 2014 (All posts by )

    Thanks to the Men’s Group at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, in Western Springs, Illinois, for inviting me to speak to them about America 3.0 this Saturday. Two big cups of coffee put me in good trim. 40 minutes me talking, about 45 of lively and pointed questions and discussion. It was great to see the big turnout on a cold Saturday morning. Perhaps I even convinced one or more of them that America’s greatest days are yet to come! I hope so.

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    Michael Lotus Discussing America 3.0 on “A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminus”, February 12, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 7th February 2014 (All posts by )

    Thanks to Sheila Liaugminas, of Relevant Radio, for interviewing me this Tuesday about America 3.0.

    This interview will be the the first of a three-part discussion about America 3.0.

    The show will be broadcast next week, February 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

    The link to Sheila’s Face Book page is here.

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    John Robb’s HomeFree America

    Posted by Lexington Green on 6th February 2014 (All posts by )

    Have you been reading HomeFree America?

    You should be. It is “John Robb’s open notebook on the future of the American Dream.” It is also the first draft of the book he is working on.

    Mr. Robb’s analysis of the collapse of the Blue Model, 20th Century legacy government and economy is very similar to the arguments made by James C. Bennett and myself in our book America 3.0. He sees, as we do, that they are doomed. He sees, as we do, that a much better world is coming. Ah, but the transition period. That will be a challenge.

    This is the quote of the day:

    All layers of government — city, state, and federal — want the old, bureaucratic economy to continue, unchanged. They can’t imagine a world without plentiful flows of taxes levied on corporate profits and withholding from personal incomes.
     
    Without this flow of tax income, the entire edifice of the current economy falls. It is the source of the financial life-support to the increasingly obsolete bureaucracies – from the civil bureaucracy to education to national security to banking to health care — that still offer traditional jobs. The rest is spent providing services, from health care to retirement income, in an attempt to keep the existing economic system alive.

    From this post.

    People who tell me the the current corrupt model cannot be defeated have it backward. It cannot survive. The only question is how hard the transition to a better political and economic order will be. Not if, not even when, but how.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Blogging, Book Notes | 8 Comments »

    Mike Lotus to speak at the The David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat, March 21-23, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 5th February 2014 (All posts by )

    Big thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for their kind invitation to speak at their West Coast Retreat.

    I look forward to spreading the word about America 3.0 in sunny California.

    Whoa. Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA sure looks like a nice place.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements | 6 Comments »

    Seth Barrett Tillman, “Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend”

    Posted by Lexington Green on 9th January 2014 (All posts by )

    Our good friend Seth Barrett Tillman has an excellent article, part personal narrative, part meditation on the basis of conflict between Arabs and Jews, based on thoughts on the book of Esther.

    The article, “Purim & My Bangladeshi Friend” may be found by clicking here.

    On the Jewish holiday of Purim the practice is to read the book of Esther. Purim is on March 15-16 in 2014. It is not a widespread practice, but I know Catholics who read the book of Esther on Purim, and I read it last year for the first time. If you have never read it, you should. It is only about 6,000 words, the length of a long article, not a book. You can find it here.

    As Seth notes, while the story is one of survival for the Jews, it also shows the sorrow and disgrace suffered by every defeated people at the hands of their conquerors.

    Every year at Purim, my co-religionists and I read Esther. The story, as customarily explained to children, is that Esther won a contest . . . something akin to the modern beauty pageant. The prize was that she was made queen – the wife of the Persian emperor. As a result, by pleading to her husband on behalf of her brethren, she was well-situated to save the Jewish community from the nefarious Haman, who actively plotted genocide against the Jews. Esther’s courage thwarts Haman and the community is saved, although it remained in exile. The story is presented as one with a happy ending.
     
    But, that is the story as it is told to our children.
     
    By contrast, an adult, who considered Esther, would understand that the story of Purim is also an intensely sad story.

    Highly recommended. RTWT.

    Posted in Arts & Letters, Islam, Israel, Judaism, Middle East, Morality and Philosphy, Personal Narrative, Religion | 2 Comments »

    Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 to the Chicago Republican Women’s Network, Thursday January 9, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 8th January 2014 (All posts by )

    I will be speaking to the Chicago Republican Women’s Network on Thursday, January 9, 2014 about America 3.0. The event will be at the Third Coast Cafe and Wine Bar, 1260 N. Dearborn, Chicago at 6:30 p.m. (By then it will be a balmy 25º F, so you will want to go outside again.)

    It is free for CRWN members, but “first time attendees can come for free.” If you plan to come, please RSVP to events@crwn.org so that there will be an accurate head count.

    Warm thanks for CRWN for this invitation. I look forward to this event.

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    Sonny Boy Williamson, 9 Below Zero

    Posted by Lexington Green on 5th January 2014 (All posts by )

    It is going to nine below zero at 3:00 a.m. tonight.

    Stand by for some serious cold, Chicago.

    Posted in Chicagoania, Video | 5 Comments »

    2013: “Let it be past and over, and among the things that I have put away.”

    Posted by Lexington Green on 1st January 2014 (All posts by )

    I set this post to go up at midnight.

    There is a faint freshness in the London night as though some strayed reveler of a breeze had left his comrades in the Kentish uplands and had entered the town by stealth. The pavements are a little damp and shiny. Upon one’s ears that at this late hour have become very acute there hits the tap of a remote footfall. Louder and louder grow the taps, filling the whole night. And a black cloaked figure passes by, and goes tapping into the dark. One who has danced goes homewards. Somewhere a ball has closed its doors and ended. Its yellow lights are out, its musicians are silent, its dancers have all gone into the night air, and Time has said of it, “Let it be past and over, and among the things that I have put away.”

    Lord Dunsany, Bethmoora

    As I said on a bygone New Years Eve:

    I wish all our ChicagoBoyz contributors, readers, friends, families, and all people of good will, a heaping portion of good luck in [2014] and a mere dash of trouble, just enough to flavor the dish.

    Fear God and dread nought.

    Happy New Year.

    Posted in Holidays | 5 Comments »

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Posted by Lexington Green on 31st December 2013 (All posts by )

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    … natus ex Maria virgine …

    Posted by Lexington Green on 25th December 2013 (All posts by )

    And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

    Luke, 2:8-12.

    Merry Christmas to all of our Chicago Boyz contributors, readers, friends and families.

    Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

    Thanks to John B. Wells and Coast to Coast AM

    Posted by Lexington Green on 23rd December 2013 (All posts by )

    Jim Bennett and I had a good conversation with radio host John B. Wells during the deep, dark early morning hours of Sunday December 22, 2013.

    It is a privilege to speak to John’s listeners, many hard-working Americans on the third shift, keeping things going while the rest of the country is sleeping.

    John was kind enough to have us on for three whole hours, so we were able to talk at some length about America 3.0.

    The Amazon sales ranking for the book went through the roof during and following the show, which is welcome indeed.

    John mentioned that he would like to have us on again at some point, and we would be very happy to do that.

    BTW, here is a bleg: If you have not yet ordered America 3.0, but plan to do so, it would be helpful if you did so before the turn of the year.

    A big, huge thank you to John and to Coast to Coast AM.

    Posted in America 3.0 | 2 Comments »

    Wee Hours Radio Interview About America 3.0 [UPDATED]

    Posted by Lexington Green on 20th December 2013 (All posts by )

    For our friends who are insomniacs or working third shift: Sunday, December 22st 1 AM to 4 AM CST — in other words, the wee hours TONIGHT — Mike Lotus and Jim Bennett will be interviewed on Coast to Coast Radio by John B. Wells, discussing America 3.0.

    We look forward to our conversation with John (pictured here on his motorcycle) and his listeners, and we thank Coast to Coast radio for having us on.

    Find a station in your area.

    I will circulate a link to any podcast when it becomes available.

    UPDATE:

    There is a strong admonition on the excellent blog Cold War Warrior to read America 3.0 and to listen to the radio show during the wee hours tonight. The Cold War Warrior cites the great Frédéric Bastiat, about the perversion of our public life since the end of the Cold War:

    The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.

    Converting “plunder into a right” sounds very much like the cronyism which is ransacking our country under color of law. Cold War Warrior goes on to write:

    There is a restlessness, an uneasiness among the population that is palpable. The federal government’s response has been one of fear. The government gets more abusive as it becomes increasingly fearful. The tide will change. The people will rebel at the ballot box and in the picket line but then what? What is the plan? Voices decry the current situation but few offer solutions. America 3.0 is the right idea presented at the right time. The John Wells interview is a long format so the ideas can be explored.

    Jim Bennett and I are looking forward to this conversation.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements | 2 Comments »