22 February 2013

Heads Up - America 2.0?

Oh my, there is SO MUCH truth in this simple, yet profound statement from Walter Russell Mead, and a great lesson for historians of all stripes:

Nature — or perhaps Nature’s God — seems to love mocking pundits. Just when the entire punditocracy, it sometimes seemed, had bought into the “American decline” meme, Europe collapsed and huge energy reserves were discovered underneath the United States. The “special providence” that observers have from time to time discerned in America’s progress through history doesn’t seem to be quite finished with us yet.
Wow. Nature's God and I both love mocking pundits. See, I'm in good Company. The secular "experts" who so often leave Nature's God out of the equation invariably make fools of themselves or, rather, God makes fools of them. The Founders knew better. I absolutely love Mead's reference to Nature's God, obviously taking his cue from my fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson. And the "special providence" is a nice touch as well.

Mead also notes the following:
Forget peak oil; forget the Middle East. The energy revolution of the 21st century isn’t about solar energy or wind power and the “scramble for oil” isn’t going to drive global politics. The energy abundance that helped propel the United States to global leadership in the 19th and 2oth centuries is back; if the energy revolution now taking shape lives up to its full potential, we are headed into a new century in which the location of the world’s energy resources and the structure of the world’s energy trade support American affluence at home and power abroad.
How refreshing.

For those who would like some sunshine to mix in with all the current doom and gloom, I'd highly recommend Mead's complete series on this topic.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


Happy Birthday General Washington.

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