Michael F. Lind
The Return of Geo-Economics
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: Membership Social at 7:30 p.m. Program at 8:00 p.m.
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For decades, the study of international security has been divorced from the study of international trade and investment, along with domestic economic development. In political science departments, self-described realists debate defense and diplomacy with idealists of various kinds. In the economics department, there is no debate; the academic economists almost unanimously agree that free trade and investment benefit all sides. They instead postulate an ideal world where national borders would be insignificant and there would be free flows of goods, services, money, and labor.
Even before President Trump began to explicitly promote U.S. economic nationalism, the wall that divided the national-security realists and the free-market economists was crumbling – mainly because of the rise of China, which has benefited from a version of statist economics while challenging U.S. military hegemony in Asia. Slowly but inevitably, debates about national security and the global economy are merging into a single dispute about relative national power. This marks a revival of what Edward Luttwak has called “geo-economics”.
Michael Lind is the co-founder of New America, along with Walter Mead, Sherle Schwenninger and Ted Halstead, and co-wrote the organization’s manifesto, The Radical Center (2001). He co-founded New America’s American strategy program and most recently served as the policy director of the economic growth program.
A graduate of the University of Texas (BA with honors and J.D.) and Yale (master’s in International Relations), Lind has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins and has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker (1996-97), Harper’s(1994-95 & 98-99), The New Republic (1995-96) and The National Interest (1991-94). Lind is a columnist for Salon and writes frequently for The New York Times and The Financial Times. He is the author of numerous books of history, political journalism, fiction, poetry and children’s literature. His most recent book is “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States” (2012). His new book, to be published in January 2020, is “The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite”.
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