I’m blogging this morning from the Skyteam lounge in Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport on my way to the Global Policy Forum in Yaroslavl, Russia where I’ll be speaking on the problems of democracy in advanced countries today. My students at Bard will be watching a debate between Max Boot and Charles Kupchan on American decline; we will have some make up classes when I return.I stopped for a couple of days in the UK for meetings in London and the wedding of a former Team Mead associate in Oxford. The ceremony was held in the Oratory where John Henry Newman used to preach; there were many old friends there and by the time the wedding celebration ended with an English breakfast in Hogwarts Hall (aka the Christchurch College dining room), I felt that one of the most talented and loving young couples in the world was fairly launched on an arc that will, I think, touch many lives for the better.Now I am off to Russia, a country I’ve been visiting on and off for about 25 years — back when it was still part of the Soviet Union. Over the next few days, time and internet connections permitting, I’ll be sharing my impressions with Via Meadia readers before returning to Jackson Heights for the weekend, and Dutchess County for the teaching week.
Flying To Russia