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Michael Lind (born April 23, 1962) is an American writer.

Michael Lind
Author Michael Lind (cropped).jpg
Lind in 2012
Born (1962-04-23) April 23, 1962 (age 57)
EducationM.A., J.D.
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin, Yale University, University of Texas Law School
OccupationJournalist, historian, author

Lind is an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America in Washington, D.C., which he co-founded; a contributing editor of Politico and The National Interest; and a columnist for Salon. He was a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School[1] and has taught at Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech. He has also been an editor or staff writer at The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine and The New Republic.[citation needed]

Lind has published a number of books on US history, political economy, foreign policy and politics as well as fiction, poetry and children's literature.


Early lifeEdit

Lind was born in Austin, Texas. A fifth-generation Texan, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in English and History (Plan II). In 1985, he received a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Yale University and in 1988 received Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas Law School.


Lind moved to Washington, D.C., where he was Assistant to the Director of the State Department's Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1991. He was Executive Editor of The National Interest from 1991 to 1994.

From 1994 to 1998, Lind lived in Manhattan and worked for Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic and The New Yorker. In 1998, he became Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine and moved to Washington, D.C., where in the same year he, Sherle Schwenninger and Walter Russell Mead co-founded the New America Foundation with Ted Halstead, with whom Lind co-authored The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics.[2]


From left to right: Michael Lind, Ian Morris, Lawrence Freedman, Philip Bobbitt; "What Do Lessons from History Tell Us About the Future of War?" panel discussion at New America Foundation first annual Future of War conference, Washington, D.C., 25 February 2015

Lind has examined and defended the tradition of American democratic nationalism associated with Alexander Hamilton in a series of books, including The Next American Nation (1995), Hamilton’s Republic (1997), What Lincoln Believed (2004) and Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States (2012). Lind has also written two books on American foreign policy, The American Way of Strategy (2006) and Vietnam: The Necessary War (1999). A former neoconservative in the tradition of New Deal liberalism, Lind criticized the American right in Up From Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America (1996) and Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics (2004). Lind has also published a novel, Powertown (1996); a narrative poem, The Alamo (1997); and a children’s book, Bluebonnet Girl (2004).

In May 2015, Lind argued for the adoption of "enlightened nationalism", also called "liberal nationalism", in which the United States "would combine its security strategy of offshore balancing with intelligent economic nationalism". Regarding NATO and other American allies, a liberal nationalist foreign policy, Lind continued, "would shift much of the burden of the defense of its allies and protectorates to those countries themselves". He argued for "an immigration policy in the national interest would shift the emphasis from family reunification to skills [...] [and] enable long-term population growth [...] compatible with the economic integration and cultural assimilation of newcomers to the United States".[3]

Lind is an outspoken critic of libertarianism. He had observed that of the 195 countries in the world today, none is fully a libertarian society:

If libertarianism was a good idea, wouldn't at least one country have tried it? Wouldn't there be at least one country, out of nearly two hundred, with minimal government, free trade, open borders, decriminalized drugs, no welfare state and no public education system?[4]



  • The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution, Free Press, 1995
  • Up From Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America, Free Press, 1996
  • Powertown, HarperCollins, 1996
  • The Alamo: An Epic, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • Hamilton's Republic: Readings in the American Democratic Nationalist Tradition, Free Press, 1997 (editor)
  • Vietnam: The Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict, Free Press, 1999
  • The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics with Ted Halstead, Doubleday, 2001
  • When You Are Someone Else, Aralia Press, 2002
  • Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics, Basic Books, 2002
  • Bluebonnet Girl, Henry Holt, 2004
  • What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America’s Greatest President, Doubleday, 2005
  • The American Way of Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy and The American Way of Life, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Parallel Lives, Etruscan Press, 2007
  • Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, HarperCollins, 2012
  • Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business with Robert D. Atkinson, The MIT Press, 2018

Selected articlesEdit

  • The Free Trade Fallacy, Prospect Magazine, January 20, 2003[5]
  • The Case for American Nationalism, The National Interest, May 2015[6]
  • When Nationalism Strikes Back, The National Interest, October 2016[7]
  • The New Class War, American Affairs, May 2017[8]
  • Classless Utopia versus Class Compromise, American Affairs, May 2018[9]


  1. ^ "Michael Lind — Biography". 1935-12-06. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  2. ^ "The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics: Ted Halstead, Michael Lind: 9780385720298: Books".
  3. ^ Lind, Michael (May 17, 2015). "The Case for American Nationalism". The National Interest.
  4. ^ Lind, Michael. (4 June 2013.). "The Question Libertarians Just Can't Answer." Salon.
  5. ^ Lind, Michael (2003-01-20). "Free trade fallacy". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  6. ^ Lind, Michael (2015-05-17). "The Case for American Nationalism". The National Interest. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  7. ^ Lind, Michael (2016-10-17). "When Nationalism Strikes Back". The National Interest. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  8. ^ "The New Class War". American Affairs Journal. 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  9. ^ "Classless Utopia versus Class Compromise". American Affairs Journal. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2019-02-28.

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