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    Password Change

    Posted by Jonathan on 19th November 2014 (All posts by )

    Chicagoboyz contributors should reset their passwords per the email link everyone will receive. Please contact me if you do not receive a link or have any questions or problems. Thanks.

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    How To Read This Blog

    Posted by Jonathan on 26th October 2014 (All posts by )

    Chicago Boyz has been around since 2001 (2003 in its current form) and has thousands of archived posts on all kinds of topics from an unusually diverse and thoughtful group of contributors. Many of these archived posts are still worth reading.

    The problem is that the blog format is poorly suited for organizing information. Once it’s off the front page it tends to disappear. Information may want to be free but first you need to be able to find it.

    What to do? Manually creating, updating and occasionally reorganizing a table of contents is more work than I want, and I don’t think there’s a good way to automate it. Some of our contributors occasionally re-post outstanding examples of their own older posts, for which many thanks (and please keep doing it). Categorization of posts helps a bit. There’s a Google search box that works pretty well as an index if you know what you are looking for. I maintain a list of links on the blog’s right sidebar to a very few of our most interesting discussions. There’s also this new post that I have permalinked on the upper right sidebar where I hope readers will see it.

    Maybe there are additional things that we can do to make the gold in archived Chicago Boyz posts more accessible. Please feel free to chime in in the comments if you have any thoughts.

    Posted in Announcements, Blogging | 7 Comments »

    What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (September 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th October 2014 (All posts by )

    Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in August 2014 by Chicago Boyz readers via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon book purchases is here.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links on this blog (even Amazon links other than for the products you are buying).

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    Posted in Announcements, Book Notes | 3 Comments »

    What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (August 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th September 2014 (All posts by )

    Here is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in August 2014 by Chicago Boyz readers via the links on this blog.

    Please make your Amazon purchases via the links below or elsewhere on this blog. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links here (even Amazon links other than for the product you are buying).

    A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon purchases is here.

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    Posted in Announcements, Book Notes | 5 Comments »

    Blog Outage

    Posted by Jonathan on 30th August 2014 (All posts by )

    Chicago Boyz was down for a while between around 6:00 and 7:00 PM CST due to a problem at our hosting company. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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    The Cosmopolitans

    Posted by onparkstreet on 29th August 2014 (All posts by )

    Twenty-four years after the release of his first feature, “Metropolitan,” and two years after the release of his fourth, “Damsels in Distress,” Whit Stillman—the cinema’s novelist of manners, who reveals deep and enduring patterns beneath the shimmer of apparent frivolities—has written, directed, and produced the twenty-six-minute pilot of a TV-like series, “The Cosmopolitans,” for Amazon (where it premières tomorrow). It has a classical setup—Americans and other foreigners, members of a self-anointed social whirl, tripping through Paris—that, from the start, Stillman makes entirely his own, rendering it both contemporary and anachronistic, of the moment and rooted in time.

    Link

    Posted in Announcements, Arts & Letters, Film, Video | 1 Comment »

    Deirdre McCloskey speaking on how the rich got rich, and how everyone else will too, at the Illinois Policy Institute, August 20, 2014

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

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    This will be an excellent event. Deirdre McCloskey talking about her most recent book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World.

    Her topic: How the rich got rich and how everyone else will too.

    Get tickets here.

    This is the message of America 3.0 as well, though we have our own spin.

    The Illinois Policy Institute always puts on good events — including a modest charge for a great event and a very nice open bar.

    This Wednesday, August 14, 2004, 6-8 p.m.

    I hope to see you there.

    Here is a short video of Deirdre McCloskey speaking, as a teaser trailer for the event.

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    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Arts & Letters, Book Notes, History, Political Philosophy | 2 Comments »

    TOMORROW: Mike Lotus Speaking to the Indianapolis Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter about America 3.0 on August 14, 2014

    Posted by Lexington Green on 13th August 2014 (All posts by )

    Mike Lotus Speaking to the Indianapolis Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter about America 3.0 on August 14, 2014

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    I will be speaking about America 3.0 to the Indianapolis Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter on August 14, 2014.

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    What Chicagoboyz Readers Are Reading (July 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th August 2014 (All posts by )

    Here’s a list of the books, ebooks and videos purchased through this blog on Amazon last month. I’m going to try to post updated versions of this list regularly as it seems to be something that would interest many of us. I’ll stick this post to the top of the page for a few days.
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    Posted in Announcements, Book Notes | 8 Comments »

    Mike Lotus Speaking to the Indianapolis Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter about America 3.0 on August 14, 2014

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

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    I will be speaking about America 3.0 to the Indianapolis Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter on August 14, 2014.

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    Mike Lotus Speaking in Paris, France on May 23, 2014 about “America 3.0, Decentralization and the Tenth Amendment”

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

    I will be speaking at the AFEA (The French Association for American Studies, Association Française d’Études Américaines) 2014 Conference. The title of the conference is The USA: Models, Counter-Models, The End of Models?

    I will participate in a panel entitled “American Politics: What future model for political America: manifestly gridlocked destiny or reinvented union?” The panel will be at 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. on May 23, 2014. The venue is Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (13 rue Santeuil).

    The panel will consist of Jérôme Noirot, of the Ecole Centrale, Lyon, the organizer of the panel, myself, and the following distinguished persons, speaking on the following subjects:

    Ashley Byock (Edgewood College), « The Bonded/Resistant Slave Body and The Emergence of Neoliberalism in the U.S. Context  ».
    
Jérôme Viala-Gaudefroy (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), «American Mythology in Presidential Discourse : National Shared Values or Political Partisanship ?».
    François Vergniollle de Chantal (Université Paris Diderot),  «Polarized  politics under President Obama».

    I will speak on “America 3.0, Decentralization and the Tenth Amendment.”

    (Don’t tell anyone, but I am currently mugging up on the Tenth Amendment!)

    Immense thanks to Jérôme Noirot for this invitation. Initially Jim Bennett was the invitee, but Jim could not make it. So I am pinch hitting for the maestro!

    I also offer my heartfelt thanks to two very good friends whose financial support helped to make this trip possible, and two a third old friend who kindly offered to let me stay at his home in Paris.

    A detailed description of the issues to be raised in the panel discussion is below the fold.
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    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, France | 6 Comments »

    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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    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 )

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    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.

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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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    Chicagoboyz Florida Meetup, March 22

    Posted by Jonathan on 17th March 2014 (All posts by )

    I’ll be getting together this coming Saturday night, March 22 with famous Chicagoboy Jay Manifold on Hollywood Beach. Shoot me an email if you’d like to join us.

    Posted in Announcements | 6 Comments »

    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 »

    [Updated:] Adobe Lightroom 5 Photo-Editing Software @ $69

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th February 2014 (All posts by )

    UPDATE: The discount code doesn’t work, so please disregard this post.

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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 »

    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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    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.

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    Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 at the Heartland Institute December 12, 2013

    Posted by Lexington Green on 19th November 2013 (All posts by )

    I will be my great privilege to speak about America 3.0, as part of the Heartland Institute Author Series Thursday, December 12, 2013, at The Heartland Institute library, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago. Lunch will be served. $10.00 for the event, or $30 for the event and a copy of the book. Additonal books can be purchased onsite for $20.00 each.

    You can register for the event here

    I hope to see many of you there. Here is your chance to get the book and get it autographed!

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Book Notes | 2 Comments »

    Blogroll Pruning

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th November 2013 (All posts by )

    I’m going through the links on the right side of the page and removing links to blogs that appear to be defunct or (like volcanoes, because one never knows) dormant. Let me know if I delete something that you’d rather I didn’t.

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    The Year of Wonder and Miracles

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 4th October 2013 (All posts by )

    Another Texas author recently put a question up on one of those interminable LinkedIn author discussion forums; which, of all the years in the 19th century was the most exciting, the most pivotal, the year where everything happened, the most significant when it came to what America was and what it would be. There’s a case to be made and argued for at least a dozen or more, but I put up an argument for 1876. That was that Centennial year; the United (and occasionally dis-united) States observed a hundred years of existence. American citizens looked back on a hundred years and were generally pleased and satisfied with what had been accomplished; an independent country, a democratic republic, based on the active participation of engaged and responsible citizens; no hereditary ruling class, no established nobility or royalty, just a from-the-bottom-up administration drawn from the local and state level, feeding into a relatively restrained federal establishment! And it had managed to last a hundred years! It had succeeded politically, militarily, socially, and technologically, establishing dominion over a large swath of the American continent, from sea to shining sea. Much of the evidence of this was on proud display at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, America’s very first World’s Fair. It is estimated that visitors to the Exposition amounted to about a fifth of the U.S. population of the time. One exhibit, of an authentic colonial period kitchen, kicked off an enthusiasm for architecture and interior decorating in what had then been an archaic style.
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    Posted in Announcements, Book Notes, Diversions, History | 3 Comments »

    Lex on Milt Rosenberg talking About America 3.0

    Posted by Lexington Green on 2nd October 2013 (All posts by )

    UPDATE:

    Turns out, this will not be live.

    I will be recording a conversation wiht Milt Rosenberg on Friday, October 4, 2013. We will be discussing the book Jim Bennett and I wrote, America 3.0.

    It is a real privilege to be on with Milt Rosenberg. He has been on the radio in Chicago for over 40 years, though he recently went “all Web, all the time.”

    The link for the show is here.

    When a link to my appearance on the show is available I will circulate it and post it here.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements | 2 Comments »