God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

Watch Walter Russell Mead, CFR’s Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow, discuss his newest book, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMESKhOHCC4

SPEAKER: Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
PRESIDER: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

http://www.cfr.org/us-strategy-and-politics/god-gold-britain-america-making-modern-world-video/p14458

Uploaded by cfr on May 3, 2011
ORIGINALLY RECORDED October 9, 2007
Category: Nonprofits & Activism
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMESKhOHCC4

Part 2: The book review:

God and Gold: Mead Explores History of “Anglo-American Wasps” and “Waspophobes” in New Book

October 9, 2007— This provocative new book, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, by Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, argues that the main event in modern history is the long war between the Anglo-American Wasps and their rivals. For more than 300 years, first the British and then the Americans, have been busy building a global system of politics, power, investment, and trade. The Waspophobes—those who hate and fear Anglo-American capitalism, liberalism, arrogance, religion, and power—keep fighting back.

From Oliver Cromwell to George W. Bush, Wasp leaders have described their enemies as an axis of evil who hate liberty and God, seek world domination, care nothing for morality, will do anything to win, and rely on a fifth column of traitors within.

Waspophobes, from Louis XIV on, thought pretty much the same things about the Wasps, but no matter who is right, for more than 300 years the Wasps have been winning. While they have lost small wars here and there, they have won big conflicts, the great power wars that shape the world. So far.

What are these conflicts about? Why do the Wasps keep on winning? Why, despite all their victories, do the Wasps never succeed in establishing the peaceful world they keep dreaming about? Why did Bush, Blair, and the neoconservatives fail so badly in the Middle East? What has Wasp power meant for world history, and where are the Wasps headed next?

Drawing on sources from Lewis Carroll and Monty Python to Osama bin Laden and Tony Blair, God and Gold weaves history, literature, philosophy, and religion together into a dazzling, vivid picture of the world we live in and our tumultuous times.

http://www.cfr.org/world/god-gold-mead-explores-history-anglo-american-wasps-waspophobes-new-book/p14783


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