While on his Eurotour earlier this fall – during which he visited France, Germany, Italy, and Romania – WRM gave an interview to Romanian TV station, Digi24, in Bucharest. The interview was conducted in English and covered everything from the civilizational differences of European nations to why WRM has given up trying to label himself:
EH: Professor Mead, what are you? Are you a progressive Jeffersonian?WRM: You know, the older I get the less…EH: Or…cautious Hamiltonian?WRM: I let other people call me names. I think now that’s the safest. When I wrote Special Providence I said that I was a Jeffersonian, and I still am in the sense that I think you need to be strategic in your thinking. But I would increasingly say, I’ll talk and I’ll think and I’ll let other people hang the labels on me.EH: You are a conservative, more or less, but you voted Obama? […]WRM: Look, I think of, say, Edmund Burke, who people often say, well, he was the founder of conservatism in the English speaking world. But, you know, he was a strong supporter of the American Revolution, and for much of his life he was known as a liberal and a progressive. It seems to me, that one can’t be a good liberal without also being conservative in some ways, and one can’t be a serious conservative without being liberal. And so I, that’s one of the reasons I have given up trying to label myself.
The conversation is split into 5 video segments, all of which can be found here.