To be fair, Mead understands what he is up against here, and he strives to identify and respond to (the many?) important objections to an analysis rooted so deeply commitment to the Anglo-American tradition. He is at once self-confident and forthright; you can see him struggling not to be dismissed as "breezy." But there is a gorilla at this garden party. Specifically, Mead published on October 9, 2007, when we were still able to ignore the storm clouds of the gathering financial storm, just about a year away from the collapse of Lehman and the Week that Changed Everything. Breezy he may not be, but jaunty is out there on the verge. It is hard to imagine anyone writing with the same kind of easy self-confidence today.
BTW if Mead is too given to the short-compass insight, it may be that his natural forum is the Blog. Check him out here.