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Walter Russell Mead
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Andrew Jackson Still Rules — and Sarah Palin Knows It

This is another of those Jacksonian moments in American politics.  The lower middle class and the middle middle class are in full flaming revolt against the cultural, political and economic power of the upper crust.  Whether it is Tea Party politics on the right or the rapidly swelling caucus on the left that thinks President […]

German Magazine Gives Obama the Bush Treatment

Der Spiegel, the influential German weekly news magazine, is giving Barack Obama the kind of treatment it once gave George W. Bush.Obama’s West Point speech, sniffed Der Spiegel, sounded “false” and left “both realists and dreamers distraught.”“One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a little bit of nausea on hearing Obama’s […]

America Needs France

This is one of the most unpopular headlines an American blogger can write, a guaranteed hit-suppressor.  But it is true nevertheless, as President Obama is now finding out.The immediate problem is Afghanistan; the President wants 10,000 troops from our allies to match the 30,000 the President is putting in.  Britain already has 9,000 and has […]

Is The Jobs Summit Doomed?

When asked this morning by Politico to assess Obama’s jobs summit, here’s what I said:The group at the White House knows a lot more than me about this jobs stuff so I hope they figure something out.However, this could be a lot harder than it looks.First, I don’t think economic stimulus works as well as […]

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

If the news reports are to be believed, Tiger Woods has feet of clay. The eminently likable and admirable golf wonder says he has let his family down in unspecified ways.Here at Mead GHQ there is no joy in this news and no desire to poke around into the private life of Mr. Woods or […]

Hands Off!

This just in from Charles Edel, a longtime Team Mead associate now a Ph.D. candidate at Yale.It’s the anniversary of the proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine, one of the big moments in the history of American foreign policy, and since Charlie has been studying this history very closely of late, I thought it would make […]

John Brown Dead, Slavery Marches On

It is 150 years to the day since John Brown was hanged, and more Africans are being enslaved today than at the height of the infamous Atlantic slave trade.This at least is the conclusion that can be drawn from United Nations studies in ‘human trafficking’, as the slave trade is now being called.  Millions of […]

Fighting This Bitch of a War

“I knew from the start that I was bound to be crucified either way I moved.  If I left the woman I really loved — the Great Society — in order to get involved in that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, then I would lose everything at home.  All […]

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

While I was on my travels, churches all over the world started a new Christian Year with the season of Advent: the Coming.In many churches the vestments and altar clothes shifted from green to purple.  Wreaths popped up here and there with four candles; on each of the four Sundays in Advent another candle will […]

America Is Eating Its Young

This health care article by Robert Samuelson is something every young person in America should read.  They won’t of course; young people don’t pay serious attention to politics, and that is one of the reasons that American social policy is increasingly rigged against them.  One of Samuelson’s key points is that the House bill “mandates […]

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As a minority, and a minority that historically has often been unpopular, Jews have a structural interest in the protection of minority rights.

Petrostates in Peril

Economic growth is predictably sluggish for petrostates.

American Balkanization

Pew data point to one of the core ironies of liberal politics today.

Rage Against the Machine

The Palestinians want international sympathy. But rioting over metal detectors after a terrorist attack seems more likely to draw international contempt.


A Schlumberger surge is a good sign for the health of the U.S. shale industry.

The Mueller Effect

Could it be that the President is less worried about the probe of his Russia dealings than about a general investigation with no set limits?

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