Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 and the Future of the Legal Profession to the Federalist Society Student Chapter at Washburn Law School on April 17, 2004

Thanks to the Federalist Society chapter at Washburn University School of Law for inviting me to speak, and to the national Federalist Society for making the trip to Topeka possible.

This is my first talk as an authorized speaker for the Federalist Society. I have developed a new version of my “stump speech” which is focused on lawyers and the legal profession.

Please note: If you are associated with a student or lawyer chapter of the Federalist Society, please contact me. I would like to speak to your group.

It will be at Washburn University School of Law, Room 114, at 12:10 on Thursday, April 17, 2014 — lunch provided!

There is a flyer for the event below. The text is a little hard to read. It says:

Michael J. Lotus is the author America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come, published by Encounter Books in June of 2013. Mike is an attorney in Chicago, with 20 years experience practicing in the areas of commercial and construction litigation and plaintiffs-side consumer fraud and personal injury cases. Mike is an Associate Specialist in the Department of Economics, U.Cal. Irvine. Mike is a policy advisor for legal affairs at the Heartland Institute in Chicago. Mike writes as “Lexington Green” for the Chicago Boyz blog, on history, politics and books. Mike has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Indiana University, Bloomington.
 
Mike will speak about:
 
* The cultural and legal foundations of American freedom and prosperity, the nature of our current crisis, and the path to a better future, as set forth in America 3.0;
 
* The historical role of lawyers in the creation of a free and prosperous America, and English-speaking world; and
 
* The necessary role of lawyers in the upcoming, major legal and institutional reforms needed to transition America to the emerging networked economy, and to dismantle the 20th Century legacy state.

If you happen to be in Topeka, please drop by.

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America, England, Europe – Why do we Differ? Bennett and Lotus apply the America 3.0 analysis to Europe — and Special Thanks to John O’Sullivan

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Jim Bennett and I recently had a chance to publish an essay in the Hungarian Review. It is titled America, England, Europe – Why do we Differ? In it we apply the same type of analysis we used in America 3.0.

In our essay we discuss the anthropological underpinnings of modern societies, and reference the work of Alan Macfarlane and the family system analysis of Emmanuel Todd. We note the extremely long lasting character of culture, and describe thinkers who are aware of this, and build it into their analysis, as the “Continuity Model.” We suggest that European countries need to find a path toward liberal democracy that is consistent with their underlying cultures. We note the damage done by Marxist and Marxisant thinking. We condemn the European Union as a serious misstep for Europe, and suggest that it be dismantled or cut back massively.

If any of our readers read the essay, we would be interested in your thoughts.

In the next issue, George Schöpflin responded to our essay.

We replied to his critiques, in A Rejoinder to George Schöpflin. Mr. Schöpflin’s response is useful, because it allowed us to respond to a criticism frequently leveled at America 3.0 and its authors. We are often accused of promoting a monocausal view of history, specifically that we are overly focused on family structure analysis, as developed by Emmanuel Todd.

Is it a fair criticism, for instance, to say that the article “tends to accept monocausality, reducing everything to a single factor (family types in this instance)”? Consider our text. Yes, we refer to the persistence of culture, and its impact on politics and economics, as a “Continuity Model”, based on the “well-founded assumption of the persistence of human culture”. We discuss the contributions of Alan Macfarlane and James Campbell to the understanding of cultural continuity in England. We turn to Emmanuel Todd’s analysis of family types. And we state that “[f]amily systems analysis explains some of the complexity of Central and Eastern European politics”. Surely the phrase “some of” demonstrates we are not asserting mono causality.
 
We therefore have no quarrel with Mr Schöpflin when he refers to the many factors beside family structure which influenced European – and Hungarian – culture, politics and economics. As Alan Macfarlane puts it, complex phenomena result from chains of causation with multiple links.
 
If there is a particular emphasis on family systems in our short article, it is because educated readers are typically familiar with cultural and economic arguments concerning national and civilisational differences, but they have usually had little exposure to modern family systems research. In a welcome development, the European Union has recently been sponsoring some of the key research in this area, such as the work of Gilles Duranton et al. on family systems and employment in Europe.

In America 3.0 we anticipate this criticism. We first list many factors which were influential on the West, England, and America. Then we say:

In this book we focus on family structure, and don’t dwell on [these other factors], as important as each of them is, for at least two reasons. First, the nature and importance of the Anglo-American type of nuclear family is too little known. It is a rather arcane academic subject at the moment, but it should not remain that way. It merits wider awareness, understanding, and discussion. Second, we have tried to identify the factors that make Americans different from people in other countries.
 
We are most certainly not claiming that there is any single cause for us being the way we are. Each of the foregoing elements is an irreplaceable part of what we are. What we are saying is that there is a distinctive, little known, and possibly unique cause of American exceptionalism that needs to be brought to light.

Family structure analysis is important, but it is not the only factor to consider. Alan Macfarlane’s work shows an extraordinary range of influences on England especially and modernity in general. For example, he has written an amazing book about the importance of glass, and another one about the importance of tea drinking. In both cases these factors are immensely more important than you would imagine before reading the books.

Nonetheless, family structure is a neglected element in national life. The risk is not that it will be given too much weight, but that it is almost unknown and will be ignored.

Finally, we offer our warmest thanks to John O’Sullivan, pictured above, who made it possible for us to publish in the Hungarian Review.

John’s most recent initiative is the Danube Institute:

The Danube Institute exists to provide an independent center of intellectual debate for conservatives and classical liberals and their democratic opponents in Central Europe.
 
Based in Budapest and Washington it seeks to engage with centre-right institutions, scholars, political parties and individuals of achievement across the region to discuss problems of mutual interest.
 
The Institute also seeks to establish a two-way transmission belt for centre-right ideas, policies and people between Central Europe, Western Europe, and the English speaking world, and to provide an authoritative source of rational and commonsens reporting and commentary for those covering Central Europe for the world outside the region.

One of the Danube Institute’s first events was to be a conversation between James C. Bennett and Josef Joffe entitled Declining America or Resurgent Superpower?. Sadly Mr. Joffe could not attend due to a strike by airline employees in Germany. Mr. Joffe’s book is entitled The Myth of America’s Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies, and the full title of our book is America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come. Bennett, Lotus and Joffe are all placing their chips on “resurgent superpower.”

If video becomes available of this event we will post it here and elsewhere.

We wish John O’Sullivan very great success with this worthy new venture.

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Thanks to: (1) The Oak Park Public Library for the Chance to Speak About America 3.0, (2) the Oak Leaves for an interview about America 3.0, and (3) Augie from Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore

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I spoke about America 3.0 at the Oak Park Public Library last night.

The event went very well. We had about thirty people attending, including blog pals onparkstreet and Bruno Behrend. That’s considered a good turnout for one of these things, apparently. I spoke for about 40 minutes and we had at least 45 minutes of lively Q&A, with lots of further face to face discussions after I left the stage. OPPL has rating sheets they pass out after these author events, and all the ones that were handed in gave me 5 out of 5 stars. Nice.

After the event a bunch of us adjourned to the Friendly Tap, whose motto is: “You are a stranger here but once.” They had an open mic night going on. One of the musicians played a very nice version of Wichita Lineman. Another fellow told me he played Neil Young covers, but he did not know my favorite Neil Young song, Barstool Blues. I told him I expected him to know it next time!

Also, special thanks to one of two weekly papers in Oak Park, the Oak Leaves for an interview with me published the day before the talk at OPPL: Oak Park author looks ahead to America’s next incarnation. An excerpt:

Q: Why do you believe we are entering into a third phase of American life?
 
A: The United States went through a massive economic transition once already. We transformed ourselves from a primarily rural, agricultural country into an industrial country, in fact an industrial colossus. We call the America of the Founding Era, America 1.0. We call the Industrial Era, which is ending, America 2.0.
 
The new technology, of which the Internet is just the first step, will lead to economic change of even greater magnitude. We call the coming political and economic order America 3.0, to emphasize how massive this change really will be, at least as big as the biggest change we have previously experienced.

The interview is a nice, short synopsis of the book.

Finally, big thanks to Augie (pictured above) from the excellent Centuries and Sleuths bookstore for having copies of America 3.0 available for sale and autographing. I was happy to see he sold every copy he brought to the event. He’s on Madison in Forest Park. Check out his store if you are in the neighborhood.

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Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 at the Oak Park Public Library, TONIGHT Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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I will be speaking about America 3.0 at the beautiful Oak Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. I hope you can join me.

Special thanks to Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore for making copies of America 3.0 available for sale at the event.

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Above is the Window display for America 3.0 at Centuries & Sleuths.

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Mike Lotus Discussing America 3.0, Panel Discussion at the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat, with Charles Kesler and Brian Calle

Here is the video of the panel discussion “What of America’s Future?” at the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat on March 23, 2014.

The moderator was Brian Calle. My colleague in the discussion was Prof. Charles R. Kesler.

Charles Kesler’s recent book is entitled I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism, which I recommend highly.

Thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for inviting me to participate!

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Thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for the Opportunity to Speak about America 3.0

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I had a wonderful opportunity to speak at the recent David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat on March 23, 2014.

The very last talk of the weekend was on the topic of America’s Future. It was in a “three chair” format. The moderator was Brian Calle. The other person in the interview was Prof. Charles R. Kesler.

Before the event I was able to read much of Charles Kesler’s recent book entitled I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism. The book is, mercifully, not entirely about our current president. It is instead a history of liberal and progressive politics in the last 100 years. Recommended.

The discussion went well, and was well received, I am told by reliable observers.

There were many good speakers over the weekend. Some standouts (from memory) were Catherine Engelbrecht, Caroline Glick, Brett Stephens, Congressman Louie Gohmert (who was much better than I expected). The entire event was beautifully run, and the facility, the Terranea Resort was very nice. Frankly, it was quite a bit more posh than I am used to. Being in California instead of Chicago for a few days, with a 25 degree temperature difference was also good.

My most heartfelt thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for having me speak, to the many people who spoke to me about the America 3.0, and to the many people who bought the book.

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Mike Lotus Speaking About America 3.0 at the Oak Park Public Library, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I will be speaking about America 3.0 at the beautiful Oak Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. I hope you can join me.

Special thanks to Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore for making copies of America 3.0 available for sale at the event.

Special thanks also to Jim Bowman for his piece in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal, A library book-talk you don’t want to miss: Rebooting American prosperity.

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Mike Lotus Interviewed on Coffee and Markets about America 3.0

Thank you to Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson for interviewing me on Coffee and Markets on March 26, 2014 about America 3.0. Coffee and Markets is apart of the Red State empire.

It was an enjoyable interview, and I hope the listeners enjoyed it.

The interview may be heard here.

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Mike Lotus at David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast Retreat, March 23, 2014

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.

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Video: Mike Lotus Discussing America 3.0 at the Heartland Institute

I spoke about America 3.0 at the Heartland Institute on December 12, 2013. It was about 30 minutes of me talking, and 30 minutes of Q&A.

Video is here.

Thanks again to Jim Lakely at Heartland for inviting me to speak, and to Keely Drukala for putting this video together, and incorporating my slides.

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