ON-Lion Letter

Many question whether the United States can continue to lead the world, given the growth of rivals in Asia such as China and India.  Observers, however, usually focus too much on economics, when the basis of American wealth and power is our individualist culture.

In his February Bradley Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., "Burdens of freedom:  Why America leads," Lawrence M. Mead said the U.S. leads the world because of the burden of freedom that ordinary Americans shoulder every day.  Our main threat is not rivals abroad but the weakening of our individualist culture at home.  America can lead only if Americans bear the burden of freedom.

Mead is a visiting scholar at AEI.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Bradley Lecture Series and other AEI projects.

Mead's exploration of the burdens of freedom follows on the work of the late Samuel Huntington and Frank Fukuyama, both of whom also gave Bradley Lectures at AEI about the topic.

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |