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    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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    Posted in Announcements, Photos | 3 Comments »

    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.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements | 2 Comments »

    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.

    Posted in Announcements | 2 Comments »

    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 »

    Possible South Florida Meetup, Saturday 28 September

    Posted by Jay Manifold on 25th September 2013 (All posts by )

    La Vallée-de-Jacmel, Haïti


    If all goes well, I will be arriving at MIA on American 1665 from Port-au-Prince at 3:35 PM local time this Saturday. The plan, such as it is, is that I call Jonathan once I am through customs. I somewhat inappropriately made reservations for lodging much closer to FLL, just because I like the place (Villa Europa in Hollywood) and haven’t had the chance to stay there in a while. So anyway, southern Floridians interested in a probable wide-ranging and somewhat ethanol-assisted discussion (#civilsociety #crisisof2020 #statefailure #younameit) are encouraged to contact Jonathan and … figure something out. Hey, I have people for that.

    Posted in Americas, Announcements, Blogging, Civil Society, Latin America, Personal Narrative, Predictions, Schedules, Transportation | 4 Comments »

    A Day of Prayer and Fasting

    Posted by Lexington Green on 7th September 2013 (All posts by )

    Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace. I’m doing it. I hope you will, too. J

    John Paul II opposed the invasion of Iraq. At the time I thought he was wrong. He proved to be right. I am paying more attention to His Holiness this time.

    Posted in Announcements, Middle East, Religion | Comments Off on A Day of Prayer and Fasting

    America 3.0 author Mike Lotus at America’s Future Foundation Chicago, Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

    Posted by Lexington Green on 28th August 2013 (All posts by )

    I will be speaking to on September 11, 2013 to the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation about our book America 3.0, answering the question: “are America’s greatest days yet to come?”

    Spoiler alert … The answer is YES.

    Details at this handy link. (Interestingly, this page has a version of the cover of the book that we did not end up using.)

    The event is at Ontourage, 157 West Ontario Street, Chicago, at 6:00 p.m.

    You can purchase tickets here. General admission is $10, but for $30 you can pre-order the book as well. That is actually a pretty good deal.

    I am thrilled to be speaking to AFF. I like their libertarian stance, which I mostly share. I like the earnestness and braininess. I like the liquor at their parties. I like the tenor of the evening at their events. I like the whole stimmung of it.

    Our book has several target audiences, and our libertarian friends are one of them. Let’s see how the ideas go over with them.

    I hope to see many of you there.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Chicagoania, Libertarianism | 3 Comments »

    Catholic Citizens of Illinois to Host Michael Lotus, co-author of “America 3.0”

    Posted by Lexington Green on 14th August 2013 (All posts by )

    I will be speaking to Catholic Citizens of Illinois on October 11, 2013, at 11:45 a.m. at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

    Tickets are $35.00. Business attire. Reservations required.

    Call Maureen at 708-352-5834 to make a reservation.

    Those who have not read the book yet can get one here. Bring it with you to the event for an autograph!

    This will be a nice event. I expect to provide a “Catholic angle” on the book, especially our findings regarding the Absolute Nuclear Family in the United States and in the Anglosphere, past present and future.

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Book Notes | 5 Comments »

    Supermoon!

    Posted by Jonathan on 20th June 2013 (All posts by )

    This coming Sunday’s full moon will be a supermoon, a full moon that coincides with the moon’s closest passage of the year to the Earth. The moon will appear to be a bit bigger in the sky than it does at other times. Might be worth a look. Also could be a good time to go surfing.

    (I usually need to shave at least two or three times on a supermoon day but maybe that’s just me. If you have similar issues you might find this to be helpful, or in extreme cases one of these.)

    The so-called super moon -- a full moon on the date of the moon's closest annual approach to Earth -- as seen from the observation tower in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park, Florida on May 5, 2012. (©2012 Jonathan Gewirtz/jonathangewirtz.com)

    Last year.

    Posted in Announcements, Photos, Science | 6 Comments »

    America 3.0: Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus on the Mark Bernier Show, Daytona Beach, FL 4:25 p.m. EST

    Posted by Lexington Green on 7th June 2013 (All posts by )

    Jim and I will be on The Mark Bernier Show on WNDB 1150 AM in Daytona Beach, Florida, today, June 7, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. EST discussing America 3.0.

    If any of our readers are in sunny Florida and within earshot, please listen-in!

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    America 3.0: Mike Lotus on KSGF 104.1, Springfield, MO with Nick Reed

    Posted by Lexington Green on 5th June 2013 (All posts by )

    I will be on Mornings with Nick Reed on KSGF 104.1 in Springfield Missouri, tomorrow, June 6, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. discussing America 3.0.

    If anybody lives out that way, please check it out!

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    James C. Bennett to Speak at Western Conservative Summit, June 17, 2013

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

    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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    America 3.0 Now Available on KINDLE and NOOK

    Posted by Lexington Green on 15th May 2013 (All posts by )

    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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    America 3.0: The Authors Receive Their Copies

    Posted by Lexington Green on 14th May 2013 (All posts by )

    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.

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

    The Way We Do Business Today

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 30th April 2013 (All posts by )

    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 in Announcements, Conservatism, Diversions, Entrepreneurship, Internet, USA | 11 Comments »

    America 3.0: Foreword and Blurbs: Glenn Reynolds, Michael Barone, Jonah Goldberg, John O’Sullivan

    Posted by Lexington Green on 15th April 2013 (All posts by )

    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.

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

    New Article in Pragati Magazine: The Re-industrial Revolution

    Posted by Zenpundit on 15th March 2013 (All posts by )

    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

    Posted in America 3.0, Announcements, Business, Economics & Finance, Entrepreneurship, India, Science, Society, Tech, USA | 5 Comments »

    High Ground in Chicago at the Siskel Center 2/21- 2/23

    Posted by Zenpundit on 20th February 2013 (All posts by )

    HIGH GROUND 

    Hat tip to Kanani Fong of Kitchen Dispatch 

    At the Siskel Center, 164 N State St, Chicago. IL. 60601
    (312) 846-2600

    The award -winning film HIGH GROUND :
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    Posted in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Announcements, Arts & Letters, Film, Iraq, Miscellaneous, Society, USA, War and Peace | Comments Off on High Ground in Chicago at the Siskel Center 2/21- 2/23

    High Ground Movie Tix

    Posted by Jonathan on 19th February 2013 (All posts by )

    From Twitter:

    @HighGroundMovie: @chicagoboyzblog Chicago: 7 free tix to veterans’ documentary HIGH GROUND 2/21 or 23 at the Siskel. Limit 2 http://owl.li/hQO51

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