We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To his credit, Mead acknowledges--unlike some acolytes of the power of liberal capitalism--that the future of the Anglo-American system will, like thousands of years of human history before it, hold perpetual turmoil. The classic human mistake throughout the ages, well illustrated in "God and Gold", is an optimistic one: This time it will be different. This time we've figured it out. Global capitalism, while a tremendous blessing for many, also has its dark sides: cultural clashes, technological surprises, stateless actors impossible to deter. Together, America and Britain have unleashed a world-changing force, brewed over the course of 400 years. Hopefully, in the years to come, it will win enough friends and beneficiaries to help smooth the bumpy ride that awaits us.