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Michael Lind

Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation

Michael Lind is Policy Director of the New America Foundation’s Economic Growth Program. He co-founded the New America Foundation with Ted Halstead and Sherle Schwenninger, and was the first New America fellow.

Mr. Lind has taught at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University and writes frequently for the Financial Times, New York Times, Democracy Journal, and other publications. He has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, CNN, Business News Network, PBS NewsHour and other programs. He has a weekly column in Salon Magazine.

Mr. Lind’s first three books of political journalism and history, The Next American Nation (Free Press, 1995), Up From Conservatism (Free Press, 1996) and Vietnam: The Necessary War (Touchstone, 1999), were all selected as New York Times Notable Books.

He is also the author of Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics (New America Books/Basic, 2003), What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America’s Greatest President (Doubleday, 2004) and The American Way of Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2006). With Ted Halstead, he wrote The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (Doubleday, 2001).

He has also published several volumes of fiction and poetry, including The Alamo (1997), which the Los Angeles Times named as one of its Best Books of that year, and a prize-winning children’s book, Bluebonnet Girl (Henry Holt, 2004).

His latest book, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, was published in April, 2012, by HarperCollins.

Articles by Michael Lind

The British Seeds of American Decline

Is the decline of the United States as an economic superpower inevitable? Or can it avoid the mistakes of past superpowers?

July 31, 2012

A Citizen-Based Social Contract for the U.S.

Is a citizen-based social contract too much for American citizens to handle?

September 13, 2007

The United States in the Global Concert of Powers

Should the United States move toward a more multilateral foreign policy?

October 4, 2006

Dean, Yankee of Vermont

Is Howard Dean's biggest obstacle to overcome on the road to the White House that he is such a Yankee?

January 9, 2004

The Strange Turn of U.S. Neoconservatism

How did the neocons mutate into a globe-shattering phenomenon?

September 18, 2003

The Strange Path of "Neoconservatism"

What transformations did the neoconservative movement undergo before it emerged in its current powerful form?

June 20, 2003

European Origins of American Democracy

Does America have unique democratic ideals?

June 11, 2003

Immigrant Intellectuals and American Grand Strategy

Is 19th-century European thinking shaping 21st-century U.S. foreign policy?

April 4, 2003

George W. Bush's Holy War

How much of the U.S. foreign policy is based on politics — and how much on faith?

March 23, 2003

Made in Texas

Michael Lind explores the impact of the Lone Star state on U.S. politics.

January 20, 2003

The Three Souls of America

How can the United States learn some political lessons about the rest of the world by looking at its own political history?

December 2, 2002

The United States in 1800

How has the United States — far from being one of the first societies of the industrial era — progressed in leaps and bounds from its agrarian roots?

November 30, 2002

Rogue States and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Are rogue states with weapons of mass destruction the biggest threat to the United States?

October 24, 2002

Is America Turning Into An Elective Dictatorship?

Is the Bush Administration undermining the U.S. system of checks and balances?

August 30, 2002

New World Empire Vs. New World Order

Does the current world order mirror the imperial dominance of Rome — or a community of countries?

August 1, 2002

Is America the New Roman Empire?

Is the idea of an "Imperial America" an inspiring vision or an outdated world view?

June 19, 2002

Saudi Texas Vs. Japanese Texas (Part 3 of 3)

Is it wrong to equate wealth generation with resource extraction?

April 8, 2002

Of Texas, Cowboys and Militant Zionists (Part 2 of 3)

What are the parallels between the intellectual and religious genesis of Texas and Israel?

April 7, 2002

World History and the Texan Mind of George W. Bush (Part 1 of 3)

Does President Bush's "Lone Star" mentality threaten U.S. military and diplomatic leadership in the world?

April 6, 2002

The Russian Roots of the Texan Mafia

Do you think Enron could have learned from the flaws of Russia's energy industry?

December 20, 2001