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In defence of mandarins

The meritocratic mandarinate and its humanist culture cushioned mass democracy from the excesses feared by 19th-century liberals. Now the mandarins are in retreat will the nightmare of mobocracy come true?
Michael Lind  

Red-state sneer

Many Democrats blame the unenlightened people of red-state America for John Kerry's defeat. But most working-class Americans remain politically centrist and a rising number simply want to live in the fast-growing suburbs of middle America. Liberals should stop sneering at…
Michael Lind  

Worldly wealth

Can a future population of 9bn enjoy the stuff, space and speed that is the preserve of today's rich without crippling the global environment? Despite the claims of the "austerity school," it is possible with technology only slightly more advanced…
Michael Lind  

Bush won’t walk it

Whoever runs as Democratic candidate, it could be a very close race. Floating voters in the rust belt will decide Bush's fate
Michael Lind  

The Texas nexus

George W Bush's conservatism, a Texan political tradition dating back to the years of the southern confederacy, now dominates within Washington. The American right has been Texanised
Michael Lind  

Free trade fallacy

Rich countries didn't follow free trade rules when they were developing. They now insist: do as we say, not as we did
Michael Lind  

The Israel lobby

America's unconditional support for Israel runs counter to the interests of the US and its allies. We need an open, unprejudiced debate about it
Michael Lind