Walter Russell Mead
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 […]

Occasional Poem Number Three: A Tribute to Winter

While flying back from the Aspen conference in Italy I came down with my second cold in a month.  In honor of that, and of this generally dark season, I offer another occasional poem, this one by Ezra Pound. “Ancient Music” Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how […]

Dean Acheson and Global Warming

Over at the Arena on they asked me to put in my two cents about the purloined emails from the global warming scientists.I did; this could unfortunately be one of the stories of the year. Read it below:When the ‘climategate’ story broke, I doubted that it would ultimately amount to much. Scientists are as […]

Et Tu, New York Times?

The signs are that President Obama is nearing an inflection point in foreign policy: a point where perceptions crystallize one way or the other.  Either he is a cool and calm genius, restoring order to an American foreign policy in crisis, or he is a well-intentioned bumbler, Jimmy Carter II.  Peggy Noonan, not surprisingly, makes […]

World Ending, Italy Muddling Through

As I sit here courtesy of the Aspen Institute Italy at the official Team Mead Remote Roman Blogging Facility at the Parco dei Principi hotel, I can see the dome of St. Peter’s from my balcony beyond the Borghese Gardens overlooking the Old City.  Nice work if you can get it, although after almost two […]

Happy Turkey Day

Not surprisingly for Thanksgiving Day, I’ve got Turkey on my mind.It’s not just me; Turkey could become a major issue in US-European relations.  I heard rumors in Berlin that President Obama surprised German Chancellor Angela Merkel by asking her why admitting Turkey into the EU is such a big deal for Germans.Mustafa Akyol has just […]

Fasten Your Seat Belts: Turbulence Ahead

My friend Steve Clemons has one of the most interesting blogs around; today I think he went off the rails with a post on a New York City $100 million stimulus project that has gone to a Chinese firm.  Even when he’s wrong, Steve is interesting.  This time, he’s very wrong — and wrong in […]

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