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.
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.
Thanks to the Men’s Group at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, in Western Springs, Illinois, for inviting me to speak to them about America 3.0 this morning. Two big cups of coffee put me in good trim. 40 minutes me talking, about 45 of lively and pointed questions and discussion. It was great to see the big turnout on a cold Saturday morning. Perhaps I even convinced one or more of them that America’s greatest days are yet to come! I hope so.
Have you been reading HomeFree America?
You should be. It is “John Robb’s open notebook on the future of the American Dream.” It is also the first draft of the book he is working on.
Mr. Robb’s analysis of the collapse of the Blue Model, 20th Century legacy government and economy is very similar to the arguments made by James C. Bennett and myself in our book America 3.0. We cite him in the book.
Mr. Robb sees, as we do, that the industrial era state and economy are doomed. He sees, as we do, that a much better world is coming.
Ah, but the transition period. Getting from that old thing to this new thing … .
That will be a challenge.
This is the quote of the day:
All layers of government — city, state, and federal — want the old, bureaucratic economy to continue, unchanged. They can’t imagine a world without plentiful flows of taxes levied on corporate profits and withholding from personal incomes.
Without this flow of tax income, the entire edifice of the current economy falls. It is the source of the financial life-support to the increasingly obsolete bureaucracies – from the civil bureaucracy to education to national security to banking to health care — that still offer traditional jobs. The rest is spent providing services, from health care to retirement income, in an attempt to keep the existing economic system alive.
From this post.
People who tell me the the current corrupt model cannot be defeated have it backward. It cannot survive. The only question is how hard the transition to a better political and economic order will be. Not if, not even when, but how.
Big thanks to the David Horowitz Freedom Center for their kind invitation to speak at their West Coast Retreat.
I look forward to spreading the word about America 3.0 in sunny California.
Whoa. Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA sure looks like a nice place.
Thanks to Sheila Liaugminas, of Relevant Radio, for interviewing me today about America 3.0.
This interview will be the the first of a three-part discussion about America 3.0.
The show will be broadcast next week, February 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
The link to Sheila’s Face Book page is here.
I will be speaking to the Chicago Republican Women’s Network on Thursday, January 9, 2014 about America 3.0. The event will be at the Third Coast Cafe and Wine Bar, 1260 N. Dearborn, Chicago at 6:30 p.m. (By then it will be a balmy 25º F, so you will want to go outside again.)
It is free for CRWN members, but “first time attendees can come for free.” If you plan to come, please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org so that there will be an accurate head count.
Warm thanks for CRWN for this invitation. I look forward to this event.
Our good pal “Carl from Chicago” posted this lovely picture on the Chicago Boyz blog.
(If you don’t read Chicago Boyz, including Carl’s posts , you should!)
In Carl’s post he wrote:
Happy Holidays from Chicago! And I want to give a special thanks for the writers of America 3.0, who are taking time out from their busy lives and mercantilistic duties in order to try to bring a positive set of recommendations for the future.
These are inspiring words. Jim Bennett and I have been almost overwhelmed with the support and kindness people have shown us with regard to America 3.0. We seem to have struck a nerve with many people. A message of hope –even though we keep saying “it will get worse before it gets better!” — is apparently sorely needed.
Jim and I are keeping our “mercantile” interests going, and both of us are working hard to pay our bills. But the time and effort spent on this book, and response we have gotten, have been entirely worth it. Stand by for interesting new developments in 2014 to further promote our ideas for an accurate picture of our past, a clear understanding of our current crisis, and a program to build a better America in the decades ahead.
Onward to America 3.0!
Jim Bennett and I had a good conversation with radio host John B. Wells during the deep, dark early morning hours of Sunday December 22, 2013.
It is a privilege to speak to John’s listeners, many hard-working Americans on the third shift, keeping things going while the rest of the country is sleeping.
John was kind enough to have us on for three whole hours, so we were able to talk at some length about America 3.0.
The Amazon sales ranking for the book went through the roof during and following the show, which is welcome indeed.
John mentioned that he would like to have us on again at some point, and we would be very happy to do that.
BTW, here is a bleg: If you have not yet ordered America 3.0, but plan to do so, it would be helpful if you did so before the turn of the year.
A big, huge thank you to John and to Coast to Coast AM.
For our friends who are insomniacs or working third shift: Sunday, December 22st 1 AM to 4 AM CST — in other words, the wee hours TONIGHT — Mike Lotus and Jim Bennett will be interviewed on Coast to Coast Radio by John B. Wells, discussing America 3.0.
We look forward to our conversation with John (pictured here on his motorcycle) and his listeners, and we thank Coast to Coast radio for having us on.
Find a station in your area.
I will circulate a link to any podcast when it becomes available.
There is a strong admonition on the excellent blog Cold War Warrior to read America 3.0 and to listen to the radio show during the wee hours tonight. The Cold War Warrior cites the great Frédéric Bastiat, about the perversion of our public life since the end of the Cold War:
The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.
Converting “plunder into a right” sounds very much like the cronyism which is ransacking our country under color of law. Cold War Warrior goes on to write:
There is a restlessness, an uneasiness among the population that is palpable. The federal government’s response has been one of fear. The government gets more abusive as it becomes increasingly fearful. The tide will change. The people will rebel at the ballot box and in the picket line but then what? What is the plan? Voices decry the current situation but few offer solutions. America 3.0 is the right idea presented at the right time. The John Wells interview is a long format so the ideas can be explored.
Jim Bennett and I are looking forward to this conversation.