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Posted by Lexington Green on 20th May 2013 (All posts by Lexington Green)
We are pleased to announce that James C. Bennett will be speaking at the Western Conservative Summitt 2013, sponsored by the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University.
Jim will be speaking on Monday, June 17, 2013 at . His topic: Envisioning America 3.0, CCU Beckman Center, 8787 W. Alameda Avenue Lakewood, CO.
Where is the voice of practical optimism to counter worries from both left and right that the USA faces irreversible decline? One such voice is that of James C. Bennett, historian, economist, space scientist, and futurist. Based right here in Colorado, Bennett is the originator of the Anglosphere concept and a Centennial Institute fellow. Join us on Monday evening, June 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the CCU Beckman Center to hear about the important new book he co-authored with Michael J. Lotus, America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century – Why America’s Greatest Days are Yet to Come.
Jim’s talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 15th May 2013 (All posts by Lexington Green)
We have received many requests for an electronic version of our upcoming book America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come. We are happy to announce that there will be an electronic version of the book.
You can now pre-order the Kindle version via Amazon.
It is also available for pre-order for the Nook via Barnes & Noble.
(Cross-posted on America 3.0.)
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Posted by Lexington Green on 14th May 2013 (All posts by Lexington Green)
Mr. Bennett and Mr. Lotus received their copies of America 3.0 yesterday.
It is was strange, in a good way, to hold the thing in my hand, after all this effort.
I went back and looked at some old emails, which contains lines like “I am staying here today and tonight until I am done with Ch.5,” or Jim saying “I am working through the weekend, pretty much. Will take a break Sunday for the Broncos-Chargers game.” One funny thing is that we thought we would not have enough words, but we ended up having plenty.
In any case, I can now swear on oath that I have seen it, it exists, and if you order one, it looks pretty good, it’s legible, and it feels nice in the hand.
Cross posted at America 3.0.
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Posted by Sgt. Mom on 30th April 2013 (All posts by Sgt. Mom)
With the employment prospects being what it is these days, I have read repeatedly in the last couple of years that really enterprising individuals are tempted to turn indy and go free-lance. They look to establish a small enterprise, vending whatever talents and skills they possess as a so-called ‘independent contractor’ to the public at large, and earn a living thereby, rather than scrounge and maneuver and hope for a paying job on the bottom rung of the corporate and/or government establishment. Pardon the sarcasm – it seems that certain large and well-connected established corporations these days are almost indistinguishable from the government, at least to judge from the rapidity which which the well-connected move back and forth.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 15th April 2013 (All posts by Lexington Green)
We are thrilled to announce:
(1) Glenn Reynolds, a/k/a Instapundit has written a foreword for America 3.0.
(2) Michael Barone, Jonah Goldberg and John O’ Sullivan have provided blurbs for the book.
We are grateful for the kind words and support from these distinguished gentlemen.
“Many pundits—and, polls say, most Americans—think America’s best days are behind us. In America 3.0 James Bennett and Michael Lotus argue that our best days are ahead—if we take the trouble to understand our past. We need to build on the unique American institutions that enabled previous generations to produce the successful agricultural America 1.0 and the even more successful industrial America 2.0 and to cast aside elements which prevent us from creating an even more successful post-industrial America 3.0.”
—Michael Barone, senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner, American Enterprise Institute resident fellow, and coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics
“Capitalism, argued Joseph Schumpeter, relies upon creative destruction. In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of destruction while the creation has been less appreciable, at least in the eyes of many. James Bennett and Michael Lotus offer a glimmering vision: we are at the dawn of a miraculous era of creativity. This is a valuable book not just for its hopeful vision of America’s destiny, but for its concrete insights into the forces and trends pushing us to our rendezvous with destiny.”
—Jonah Goldberg, editor at large National Review Online, author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
“Obamacare just hasn’t caught on with the American people. It is still opposed and resisted by most Americans. That was not supposed to happen. Theorists of the blue social model (or America as Sweden) were confident that once in place, Obamacare would set down roots in American democracy and become immovable. But alternative models of health care—red social model alternatives—are increasingly demanded by the voters. That’s true in economics, social welfare, and almost every other department of government. James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus predict that America’s future will be a better version of its traditional past, rather than an imitation European Union. They argue their case brilliantly and persuasively. This book is in danger of giving conservative optimism a good name.”
—John O’Sullivan, editor at large National Review, author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World
Cross-posted on America 3.0.
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Posted by Zenpundit on 15th March 2013 (All posts by Zenpundit)
I have a new piece up at Pragati Magazine this morning, which focuses on a book review of Makers by Chris Anderson:
The Re-industrial Revolution
….If anything, Anderson has managed to understate the velocity with which the technology is advancing and the creative uses to which users are putting their machines. Since the publication ofMakers, a succession of news stories have revealed everything from Formlabs’ slickly designed Form 1 machine to users printing functional (if fragile) assault rifles, car bodies and biomedical surgical replacements for missing pieces of the human skull. One gets the sense that the genie is out of the bottle.
Anderson is not merely making a technologically oriented argument , but a profoundly cultural one. In his view, the existence of the Maker movement, operating on the collaborative, “open-source” ethos is an iterative, accelerative driver of economic change that complements the technology. Anderson writes: “…In short, the Maker Movement shares three characteristics, all of which are transformative:
Read the rest here.
Crossposted from zenpundit.com
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Posted by Jonathan on 19th February 2013 (All posts by Jonathan)
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Posted by Jonathan on 16th February 2013 (All posts by Jonathan)
I’ve installed a comment-preview feature. A preview of your comment now appears below the comment-entry window as you type.
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Posted by Jonathan on 1st February 2013 (All posts by Jonathan)
Something is preventing comments from displaying in this blog’s right sidebar. I’m trying to track down the problem. It does not appear to be caused by any of the ad scripts in the header or left sidebar (which load before the right sidebar does). If you have a suggestion for what the problem might be you are welcome to leave it here as a comment.
Thanks, and apologies for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: The problem was caused by a bad character in a comment. Fixed now.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 2nd January 2013 (All posts by Lexington Green)
As previously announced, Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus (a/k/a Lexington Green), have co-authored a book:
America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century – Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come.
The book is currently in the hands of our publisher, Encounter Books and editing is underway.
There is now an Amazon pre-order page for the book.
All such early orders would be very greatly appreciated.
The book is coming out in May. Promotional plans are chugging away. Any ideas anyone may have would be very much appreciated, and can be left in the comments on this post or future posts related to the book.
A friend asked for a three sentence summary. This is what I came up with:
America’s greatest days are yet to come. Just as the world of family farms and small businesses, America 1.0, gave way to the industrialized world of big cities, big business, big labor unions and big government, America 2.0, we are now moving into a new world of immense productivity, rapid technological progress, greater scope for individual and family-scale autonomy, and a leaner and strictly limited government. The cultural roots of the American people go back at least fifteen centuries, and make us individualistic, enterprising, and liberty-loving, equipping us to prosper in the upcoming America 3.0.
We will be posting frequently in the months ahead (both here and on the book’s own blog) about the America 3.0 and its arguments, and how the themes in the book relate to current events, to efforts to devise a long term strategy for the political Right in America, or to other writers or books which interest us or influenced us.
We anticipate setting up a Facebook and Twitter account for the book as well.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 1st December 2012 (All posts by Lexington Green)
We are proud to announce that James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus have completed their book America 3.0 and submitted the manuscript to their publisher, Encounter Books on Friday, November 30, 2012.
Please stand by for further announcements in this regard.
(Cross-Posted at America 3.0)
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Posted by Jonathan on 18th October 2012 (All posts by Jonathan)
@chicagoboyzblog @zenpundit @stevebaskis KEEP ROCKIN! See you at Pritzker Military Library, 10/20 1 PM for screening of HIGH GROUND.
(See here for more info about the movie.)
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Posted by Jonathan on 24th September 2012 (All posts by Jonathan)
My name is Jonathan and I am an Oreo-holic.
(BTW: free shipping if you buy two boxes.)
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Posted by leifsmith on 26th August 2012 (All posts by leifsmith)
The award recognizes Lotus’ work on the concept of the Anglosphere, and his related work on “America 3.0″, authored in collaboration with James C. Bennett, forthcoming from Encounter Books, New York, and his contributions to the growing network of anglosphere scholars and entrepreneurs. Explorers Foundation values the anglosphere as a source of concepts and practices of use to productive people of every race, culture, and nation.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 9th August 2012 (All posts by Lexington Green)
We have an important issue we need to discuss with Mr. Hodge.
If anyone is in touch with him, please ask him to contact me via this blog.
If anyone has a suggestion regarding where I might contact him, please
contact me via this blog.
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Posted by David Foster on 4th August 2012 (All posts by David Foster)
As Jonathan pointed out last month, the blog format tends to focus attention on recent posts; the older ones tend to sort of disappear into the archives.
I’m not sure whether there is a good general solution to this, but for my blog, Photon Courier, I’ve declared August to be rerun month, and will be pulling out and reposting a selection of posts that I think have continuing relevance, some of which were also cross-posted here and some of which appeared only at Photon Courier. I’ll still be posting new content, interspersed with the reruns.
The first rerun batch is up today.
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Posted by Jay Manifold on 12th July 2012 (All posts by Jay Manifold)
A short list, and not intended to be exhaustive. Read to the end for a special announcement.
- A Gold Standard – I could have put one of the others first, but this is the one that gets mixed up with libertarianism the most often, presumably as a result of FDR’s seizure of gold in 1933. All libertarianism requires is free banking, and how the competing currencies are backed is the banks’ problem. I suppose some would attempt a commodity standard, and a few might even try to do it with gold, absurd as that is in an age of e-currencies. Attempting to predefine it for the entire financial industry ahead of time is … not wise.
- Pacifism – This is really my one-word epithet for the mentality that blames the US for most of the world’s problems, and asserts that every conflict we find ourselves in is ultimately an unforced error on our part. Most of it can be traced to Stalinist and Maoist propaganda of the early Cold War period, not a great thing to base one’s libertarianism on. “It takes but one foe to breed a war, not two.” – JRR Tolkien
- Anarchism – I would prefer to think that an entirely stateless civil society is possible. But I do not know, and neither does anyone else. Insisting on it as a precondition of libertarianism pretends to knowledge that we do not have.
- Minarchism – The logical complement of the above, left as an exercise for the reader.
- Sectarianism – Speaking from my own background, all political advice in the New Testament adds up to “stay out of trouble.” Attempts to ineluctably tie libertarianism to other belief systems, including ostensible non-belief systems, are no better. To be sure, I think a Biblical value system at least implies a concern for human freedom and tends to nudge a population adhering to it in the direction of greater liberty. But this is not the same as asserting that it is directly prescriptive.
- Conspiracy Theorizing – Leave the Birtherism and Trutherism to others. And if something like that is the reason you self-identify as libertarian, the question is obvious: would you still be fighting for freedom if you learned your theory wasn’t true?
- Scapegoating – The general case of conspiracy theorizing, indulged in by many more people. The current classic example is the OWSers’ “1%.” Nice that they only want to expropriate or murder 3 million Americans, I suppose, not that anybody who’s been paying attention should think they would stop there. But far too many supposed libertarians are prone to ranting about “banksters,” et al, in language that, to borrow a phrase, sounded better in the original German. Or perhaps Russian.
OK, The Announcement: I am about to be in South Florida for about 18 hours, from midday Saturday to early Sunday. Contact Jonathan for info on a possible meetup, which as I write this is an idea without a plan; I will be calling him after deplaning at FLL.
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Posted by Jonathan on 28th June 2012 (All posts by Jonathan)
You can register your opinion re today’s Supreme Court decision on Obamacare by answering the BlogAds poll (“Three quick questions”) in the left margin of this blog. BlodAds says that it will publish the results tomorrow.
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Posted by Jonathan on 25th June 2012 (All posts by Jonathan)
PC Products PC-7 epoxy is the official bicycle-shoe repair adhesive of the Chicagoboyz blog.
UPDATE: PC Products PC-7 epoxy is also the official poorly-designed-glass-coffee-table repair adhesive of the Chicagoboyz blog.
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Posted by Jonathan on 27th May 2012 (All posts by Jonathan)
These products have been tested and approved by the crack Chicagoboyz research staff (not to be confused with the Chicagoboyz crack-using staff), so you know they’re good:
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Posted by Lexington Green on 14th April 2012 (All posts by Lexington Green)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012
Contact: Eric Kohn
Communications Director, Chicago Tea Party
TAX DAY TEA PARTY PLANNED FOR CHICAGO
CHICAGO – Concerned citizens are set to gather at noon on Monday, April 16 at Daley Plaza at 50 W. Washington to protest out of control spending, unsustainable deficits and the unprecedented growth of government. People will come together in downtown Chicago, where the tea party movement began, to hold politicians of both parties accountable, stop runaway spending and defend individual liberty and free markets.
“We are concerned with the direction of our country and our state,” said Chicago Tea Party Communications Director Eric Kohn. “The only solutions being offered from politicians in Washington and Springfield are higher taxes, more spending and massive debt. We will continue to fight for less government, more freedom and fiscal responsibility on tax day and every day through the November election.”
What: Chicago Tax Day Tea Party
Where: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago
When: Noon – 2PM, Monday, April 16
U.S. Conressman, Joe Walsh, IL-8th District
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Dana Loesch, CNN Contributor, Co-Founder St. Louis Tea Party
Denise Cattoni, State Director, Illinois Tea Party
Joel Pollak, Editor-in-Chief, Breitbart.com
Dan Proft, WLS-AM 890 Host
David From, State Director, Americans for Prosperity Illinois
Contact Eric Kohn at 773-209-3435 for press availability with the speakers.
There will be shirts for sale at the 4th annual Tax Day Tea Party Rally, including the above design from Bob Black.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 4th March 2012 (All posts by Lexington Green)
Stand Up For Religious Freedom
The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23 at noon, local time, outside federal buildings, Congressional offices and historic sites across the country. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”
Nationwide Rally Locations and Info
Chicago: Federal Plaza, 50 W.Adams, Friday, March 23, Noon.
Click on the link to find a location near you.
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Posted by Lexington Green on 2nd March 2012 (All posts by Lexington Green)
The next meeting of the Chicago Tea Party Patriots will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00PM at Blackie’s Chicago, 755 S. Clark Street. Be sure to order some food and/or a drink and tip generously.
There is an easy to find, easy to use $6 parking lot across the street and metered parking in the area.
“Our monthly meetings are open to all freedom loving Americans.”
The theme for the meeting will be: “The Legacy of Andrew Breitbart”. Further details will be announced.
We will also have as our featured speaker: Patrick Hughes, Conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010.
I hope some of you will join us.
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Posted by Jonathan on 23rd February 2012 (All posts by Jonathan)
UPDATE: You can listen to the archived interview:
Live now, 9:00 PM EST on KNUS 710 AM in Colorado.
I’ll post a link to the archive as soon as it’s available.
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