A ‘wistful’ Gideon Rachman on the possibilities of a ‘hard’ or a ‘soft’ Brexit. Political Observer’s wry observations

In Mr. Rachman’s latest essay on the Brexit he quotes an anonymous source :
‘… one leading British political analyst to predict to me recently that Brexit will not happen because “there is no version of Brexit that can get a parliamentary majority”.’

And Charles Grant from ‘Centre for European Reform’, a think-tank...’

‘This is a  lobby group closely associated with the American Enterprise Institute and the (NATO-funded) Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom.

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Centre_for_European_Reform

Also the endorsements for Mr. Grant’s lobby group are telling:

“The Centre for European Reform, by far the best of all EU think-tanks in London”
The Guardian

“A think-tank that manages to be both Atlanticist and Europhile”
The Economist

“A think-tank with an increasingly influential role in the shaping of official policy”
Financial Times

https://www.cer.eu/about

This Think Tank’s advisory board is to long to list:

https://www.cer.eu/advisory-board#tabs

But as telling as the Financial Times’ calling The Centre ‘increasingly influential in shaping official policy’. This organized EU/Atlanticist  propaganda arm is valuable to the   Financial Times’ portrayal of the Brexiteers as not just misguided but mendacious. Mr. Rachman here performs his role as ‘the voice of wistful reason’ with a collection of speculation to persuade the reader that the retention of The Customs Union is the last best hope of the Remainers. Yet, May is the roadblock!

The customs union issue is critical because it marks the frontier between a “hard” and a “soft” Brexit. The May government’s determination to give Britain the freedom to negotiate its own trade deals after Brexit has led it to stress repeatedly that it intends to leave the customs union.

Those Brexiteers are more importantly the apostates to the shared Neo-Liberal Faith, Neo-Liberal avant le lettre, of Jean Monnet’s cartel that became the EU, that cannot, will not, reform itself into an actual functioning, democratically based Federalism.

This and many other readers can only marvel at the utterly bad judgement of David Cameron, for calling the Referendum in the first place. And again, for Mrs. May’s continued incompetence, while Corbyn, despite this publication continuing defamations, continues to galvanize the whole of British politics.

Mr. Rachman concludes his political speculations, with this utterly desperate attempt at a  ‘joke’ . Call it gallows humor!

So hardline Remainers should not give up yet. The whole situation reminds me of an old joke about a horse-trainer serving a mad Russian tsar. One day the tsar insists that the trainer must make his favourite horse talk within the year — or face execution. The trainer instantly agrees to make the horse talk. When his friends warn him that he has taken on an impossible task, he replies: “A lot can happen in a year — the tsar might die, I might die, the horse might die. Or the horse might talk.”

It is just under a year until Brexit. Remainers should not give up hope. The horse might talk.

Political Observer

https://www.ft.com/content/ce280d1c-46cd-11e8-8ae9-4b5ddcca99b3

 

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@RandomCommenter7 @StephenKMackSD

Thank you for your comment.

Your right about one thing:

But you sound like a tinhat so I shouldn’t bother wasting my time.

Why would you waste your very valuable time, with your playground taunt of ‘tinhat’ ? When I obviously am on the Left , which could have been how you might have framed your counterargument, if you were in search of the actuality of debate. (To express it in all its convoluted might have beens.) Or just a casual put-down, with a bit more argumentative cogency.

AEI manufactures Capitalist propaganda of a very special kind: the von Mises/Hayek/Friedman variety of Red in Tooth and Claw Social Darwinism, of a bankrupt Neo-Liberalism, that passes for the dismal Economic Centrism of the present. Read Arthur C. Brooks in The New Times for the latest bourgeoisified chatter of AEI’s CEO, or some other bloated honorific. That’s what Mr. Rachman and the Tories, New Labour share with AEI, CER.

As for your:

All think tanks represent a certain political strand or trend, but the CER is not really EU values but British light sceptic …

Think Tanks are another name for manufactures of strategic political opinion, in sum propaganda, under the guise of the Pseudo-Academy. CER represents the ‘values’ of the EU, and its partner NATO, and its propaganda arm The Atlantic Council. For one who prides herself/himself on your penetrating gaze of the political scene, you manifest a kind of startling naivete.

Your final question is one the moderators of this comments section should seriously consider, and they should act accordingly!

Shouldn’t this comment be deleted though for promoting the poster’s blog?  

Regards,

StephenKMackSD

 

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@The Unmasking of Kendo Nagasaki @Ithaca

You are correct in your statement, yet you fail to factor into your comment the continuing onslaught of Ant-Brexit propaganda. From the pages of this newspaper, and all the respectable bourgeois publication’s hysteria mongering. That Democratic fluidity, subjected to propagandizing, isn’t completely explored as an idea/practice in your observation.
Its about that unrelenting propaganda, that seeks to undermine the Vote on Leave called by political bungler Cameron, succeed by the dour Mrs. May. Cameron was jut a run of the mill snobbish bully-boy, May is just the nasty face of Tory self-delusion.
The Remainers can engage in propaganda as the a last ditch effort to rescue Monnet’s Coal and Steele Cartel, that ‘evolved’ into an ersatz Federation. @Ithaca points this out to the chagrin of the True Believers. (Eric Hoffer)
Regards,
StephenKMackSD

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@BretStephensNYT: ‘Jewish Power at 70’. Old Socialist comments

Your  depiction of Jewish Power at 70, is in fact here:

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/palestinian-journalist-in-vest-marked-press-shot-dead-by-israeli-troops-in-gaza/2018/04/07/ac57b524-3a30-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0163327a95c5

Source, your old employer, The Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/LIVE-COVERAGE-Multiple-dead-and-hundreds-hurt-as-Palestinians-clash-with-IDF-on-Gaza-Border-547534

No matter your fear mongering about the eternal ‘Jewish Victim’, and the growing threat of Anti-Semitism in Europe,  Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu are the end point of Zionism: Arendt opined that Israel would devolve into Sparta, at war with its neighbors. The ‘Infiltrators’ are now the indigenous Palestinians, Arabs, Bedouins, who will now be put in ‘reservations’ , or African refugees , both Jewish and non-Jewish.

The Other within the body of Greater Israel, as an apartheid State. With active humiliation and murder, in its many iterations,  exercised by the ever shrinking Jewish population, on ever increasing population of Non-Jews. Demography is the worst enemy of the Zionist Project, or is Zionism by definition and practice destroying itself?

Gideon Levy provides an eloquent reply to the your Zionist triumphalist narrative:

Source:http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/where-israel-s-outrage-appalling-slaughter-gaza-46410834

The Palestinians, peacefully demonstrating were murdered by the IDF, who cursed these unarmed demonstrators as they committed their crime. Just like the Nazis did in Europe! A fact you will never face, as you are a bellicose tribalist to your marrow.

Old Socialist

 

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@JananGanesh on a Generation ‘that has found power before finding its voice’ : American Writer wonders at this collection of cliches.

From its inauspicious beginning:

That jangling sound is the keys to the world being passed to millennials. People born in the general radius of 1980 now govern democracies as mature as France, Ireland, New Zealand and Austria. Mohammed bin Salman is a revisionist force in the Middle East. The Ryan Goslings and Jennifer Lawrences rule Hollywood. In the next season or two, the 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann should become the first millennial to coach one of Europe’s elite football clubs. And while he squirmed a bit, Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing felt like a generational moment — the entrepreneur all but taking his elders by the hand as he explained the rudiments of online business.

To its its dismal end:

Presidencies come and go, businesses fold: what lasts of a generation are the stories it writes about itself. The millennial contribution to literature is not nothing, but it favours the small, highly personal narrative, such as Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You, rather than the “baggy monsters” of yesteryear, with their digressions into what it meant to be alive at that time. The absence of such definitive texts could be proof of a very un-boomer-like humility, or of a generation that has found power before finding its voice.

Gore Vidal long ago pronounced that the ‘Novel’ had probably seen its day, replaced by Movies and Television. Mr. Vidal is probably an alien voice, unfamiliar to Mr. Ganesh:Vidal, Mailer and Capote, post WWII American novelists, who once ruled the American Literary Roost. While the jejune tales authored by Updike, represented the safe middlebrow world of Book -of-the-Month -Club bestsellers: an appetite for  ‘The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit’ post-war tortured aspirationalism of the children of the Depression.

Mr. Ganesh proves that he can write, spin a mythology about Millennial’s inability at finding their ‘voice’, that relies on  stunningly superficial reading,  a potted history of the Millennial’s sensibility/politics in its largest sense. The capacious, with reference to a set of carefully chosen instantiations of that sensibility/politics, and its befuddlingly absent literary expressions.

Presidencies come and go, businesses fold: what lasts of a generation are the stories it writes about itself. The millennial contribution to literature is not nothing, but it favours the small, highly personal narrative, such as Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You, rather than the “baggy monsters” of yesteryear, with their digressions into what it meant to be alive at that time. The absence of such definitive texts could be proof of a very un-boomer-like humility, or of a generation that has found power before finding its voice.

That takes this readers breath away: how can an essay be at the same moment stylistically evocative, and so utterly vacuous? So framed by deliberate- as a Baby-Boomer, born in 1945, I fail to see what Mr. Ganesh perceives to be an existential fact, to engage in an ‘outmoded vocabulary’ utterly alien to the Millennial Sensibility. It must be the evidence of my Generation myopia!

Mr. Ganesh should be congratulated for his engaging rhetorical performance, yet his rhetorical  armature doesn’t quite provide the necessary balance:   Mr. Ganesh writes a beguiling feuilleton.

American Writer

https://www.ft.com/content/91d73a6c-43c2-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd

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my reply to @Hamlet

@Hamlet

For you and the rest of the ‘Macron Coterie’ there is a ‘profile’ at Vanity Fair that reeks of the usual treatment accorded to Movie Stars, living and dead, and the scandals and successes of ‘High Society’ and ‘Royals’ : in sum, the staple of this glossy rag. With evocative, yet cliche ridden photographs, by their ‘star’ photographer  Ms. Leibovitz.

But his comments on Trump are … :

Macron returns to the subject of his state visit and his “very personal relationship” with Trump. “We have developed a good level of trust and respect,” he notes. “We talk on the phone on a regular basis.” During Trump’s visit to Paris last year, the leaders discussed “challenging issues such as trade and climate change. Donald Trump made very clear that his priority was to fulfill the promise he had made to the people who elected him. I respect that. I do the same in France. However, we have no ‘Planet B,’ and I want to maintain the highest level of global mobilization on this crucial issue of climate change. That was the purpose of the One Planet Summit in Paris last December, in which plenty of Americans participated.

“I appreciate the forthright conversations I have with President Trump as they help us understand each other,” he continues. “Whether it be on the Iran deal or on trade, I believe we can actually reach a common ground. Both France and the United States want to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb and wish to put an end to distorting trade practices. . . . These talks take place in the context of the unique and long-lasting alliance between our two countries. This strong bilateral bond is key: France is the United States’ oldest ally. We will always stand side by side.”

Macron professes to be especially gratified by the invitation to address a joint session of Congress, a rare honor for a foreign leader. But he also confides that he was a little disappointed that the constraints of a Washington-centered visit would prevent him from having direct contact with what he calls “the real America.”

“Obviously I will not have time to make my Easy Rider trip to get in depth into the U.S. I love this road movie [genre], by the way, in literature or in cinema, where you go inside the country.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/emmanuel-macron-opens-up-about-iran-and-his-new-pal-in-the-west-wing-trump?mbid=nl_CH_5ad622a785bd6441b19cf72e&CNDID=13857849&spMailingID=13330900&spUserID=MTMzMTgyMzY1MTMzS0&spJobID=1381491025&spReportId=MTM4MTQ5MTAyNQS2

Does this express the propinquity between two authoritarian personalities ? Or just M. Macron’s confidence that he can charm this political monster, created by the utter collapse of America’s political romance with Neo-Liberalism. Not to speak of a bankrupt political class.

Regards,

StephenKMackSD

https://on.ft.com/2Hx42xR

@Hamlet

Like Trump, Macron has utmost confidence in his ability to mold his critics. Macron will use his charms, assisted by his authoritarianism, dubbed Jupertarian Politics by Madison Ave. prestidigitation. Nearly 37 % of French voters rendered their ballots uncountable. Why? Perhaps because the Hobson’s Choice between Macron and Le Pen were equally unpalatable, or just anathema! The Rolling Strikes, will they succeed in alienating the French voter? That 37% reeks of a state of alienation as an already politically existent phenomena.

It looks as though Macron has already exhausted the patience of Mrs. Merkel, the once leader of the Virtuous Northern Tier and the Myth of German fiscal probity. Trump is an unmanageable Know-Nothing, and woe unto those who think they have the key to Trump Management: Macron.

I don’t read Vanity Fair, but the long quote doesn’t pass judgment like you seem to do. This nearly obsequious profile of Macron is part of concerted public relation campaign, before Macron’s visit to the US . Chis Wallace of ‘Fox News’ is touting his ‘exclusive interview’ with Macron this Sunday, while I was watching, this morning, as I worked out.

I do pass judgement on Macron, I find him to be just another Corporatist i.e. Neo-Liberal, who has the attention of Western Political Hacks panting, as they hope the last bastion of ‘Socialism’ France is Neo-Liberalized . While those advocates/apologists for this nihilism, in American and Britain, chatter like magpies about the genius of Macron. Just call this adoration of another Free Market Hack utterly shopworn. Or call it another manifestation of the Big Lie!

Regards,

StephenKMackSD

 

 

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philip.stephens@ft.com : ‘Emmanuel Macron is the rightful heir to the spirit of 1968’: A model of self-serving historical revisionism.

Headline: Emmanuel Macron is the rightful heir to the spirit of 1968

Sub-headline: Today’s protesters want to cling on to the past, not seize the future

You needn’t read Mr Stephens essay to get the point of his advocacy/defense of Macron’s putative Neo-Liberal Revolution.  Just look at Pinn’s sloppily executed cartoon and you have plumed the depths of this defense of Macron’s retrograde Neo-Liberal Revolution. The 68’rs were for the future: how the Conservative Party line on ’68 has ‘evolved’ into self-serving dishonesty!  This reader wonders, what the Financial Times editors of ’68 said while those demonstrators were on the march? I was 23 when this event happened, and recall  reading the hysterical pronouncements of the bourgeois press.  Many of the members of what was to become the Nouvelle Droite were demonstrating in ’68:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouvelle_Droite

Those un-deseriving strikers, of today, are for their entrenched, not to speak of unearned entitlements, that now impede Mr. 37%’s Revolution!

Why retrograde? That Neo-Liberalism seeks to supplant the Republican Tradition with the dismal failure of The Free Market Delusion, in sum, a nihilism! We, in both America and Britain, still live in the dismal watershed of that political/economic/moral  collapse. Call Neo-Liberalism what it is Economic Social Darwinism.

Mr. Stephens, as full time propagandist for The Financial Times, demonstrates the  political desperation of both himself, and his publication, by invoking ’68 as somehow being the historical corollary of  Macron ‘s bogus revolution! Macron’s  Jupertarian, read authoritarian, Politics is being challenged by ‘the great unwashed’ Unionists: aux barricades!

Old Socialist

https://www.ft.com/content/df8e7c60-4305-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b
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Another ‘Macron Press Release’ from anne-sylvaine.chassany@ft.com. Almost Marx comments

The Financial Times is the advocate/apologist for Neo-Liberalism in the political present: Macri in Argentina, Moreno in Ecuador, and Macron in France. Even in the face of the utter collapse of this Economic Utopianism, in American and Britain, the editors of this newspaper persist in their advocacy for this demonstrable failure.The siren call of profit at any cost is expressive of their shared Social Darwinist obsessions.

Having read Wolfgang Münchau’s April 15, 2018 essay:

Headline: Germany is frustrating Emmanuel Macron’s grand ambitions

Sub-headline: The reality is that Paris and Berlin are no longer natural allies

https://www.ft.com/content/4db75b80-3f1e-11e8-b7e0-52972418fec4

Its obvious that Mrs Merkel doesn’t want anything resembling ‘power sharing’ with the political upstart Macron. German fiscal probity is the central founding myth of that fiscal uprightness , Ms Tett demolishes that myth here:

Headline: A debt to history?

Sub-headline: To some, Germany faces a moral duty to help Greece, given the aid that it has previously enjoyed

https://www.ft.com/content/927efd1e-9c32-11e4-b9f8-00144feabdc0

Take all this as an historical frame for Ms. Chassany acting as chief of Macron’s public relations team, in the English speaking world:

Headline: Emmanuel Macron parries irreverent barbs in a televised grilling

Sub-headline: The French president, at times condescending, holds his own in a clash of egos

Emmanuel Macron, aka Jupiter, has been criticised for not engaging enough with the press since becoming French president. As the first year of his term draws to a close, Mr Macron chose to spar with two veterans of French journalism on television for nearly three hours.

The ‘Jupiter’ is a riff on his ‘Jupertarian Politics’ authoritarianism subject to a Madison Ave. makeover, in sum he is a tyrant whose poll numbers are where? The interview is melodramatically described by Ms. Chassany as a conflict of Generations and Left and Working Class advocates :

The interview on Sunday evening, which followed another televised appearance on Thursday, was always going to be a clash of the titans. It was as if the president wanted to offer voters a wrestling match as an anniversary present: he had picked as adversaries Edwy Plenel, the mustachioed editor of investigative website Mediapart, and Jean-Jacques Bourdin, who hosts a popular radio morning show. Both in their mid-to-late sixties, the two journalists have little in common apart from big egos. The former is an introverted member of the leftwing anti-capitalist intelligentsia. The latter prides himself to be the raucous voice of the French working class.

Can the reader think of two groups more undeserving of a granting political legitimacy to their ‘politics’? One ‘Left’ one ‘Working Class’: its the meat and drink of this newspaper’s editors and writers.

Both in their mid-to-late sixties, the two journalists have little in common apart from big egos.

Ms. Chassany’s ageism is unapologetic. And the less said about ‘big egos’ in a press release for Macron might have been a more politic strategy.

The two men insisted on addressing the president as Emmanuel Macron — avoiding the more respectful “Mr President”.

Macon is not God! He is a politician and possesses an out- sized ego, to match his interlocutors.  This segues into an extended praise for Macron’s toughness and political resilience, in the face of hostile environments, leading to political triumphs: pure political kitsch. Its ‘artistic corollary’ is Soviet Socialist Realism, depicting Lenin ministering to the masses!

The pathos of M. Macron’s burning ambition to play a part on The World Stage,explored in part in Mr. Wolfgang Münchau’s essay in terms of the EU, is demonstrated in Macron’s being just another lackey, to American power, and its ‘War on Terror’. Just call it The Clash of Civilizations, per the paranoid yammerings of Neo-Con Samuel P. Huntington.

On Sunday, the president managed to get his messages across. He praised the French army for leading the “perfectly completed” air strikes in Syria the previous day, as part of a co-ordinated intervention with the US and the UK against the Syrian regime.

Near the end of this essay, poor Macron suffers from the contempt of his ‘prosecutors’ :

The interrogators sounded like prosecutors — “You’re no judges” — Mr Macron said. But the president sounded condescending at times: “We’re not your students and you’re not our teacher,” Mr Plenel said. When the Mediapart editor sided with anti-capitalist squatters, who refused to leave the site of an abandoned airport because they “created alternative agriculture projects”, he received another retort.

Yet true to form, Macron can’t help manifest that he ,and his ‘Jupertarian Politics’, are in fact authoritarian in nature i.e. Rule by Decree:  awash in in the self-congratulation of the tyrant, whose election was marred by the stunning fact, that nearly 37% of voters in the final round of the election abstained or submitted blank of spoiled ballots. This is the Macron Revolution.

“I am going to have an ‘alternative project’ and I am going to settle in your living room,” a bemused Mr Macron said. He added: “You’re not serious, Edwy Plenel.”

Almost Marx

https://www.ft.com/content/4d0984a0-414f-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b


 

April 17, 2018  2:30 PM PDT

While waiting to pick a friend’s child at her grammar school, a link to this Vanity Fair interview/essay on Macron showed up in my e mail notifications:

Headline : “I Appreciate the Forthright Conversations”: Emmanuel Macron Opens Up About Iran and His New Pal in the West Wing

Sub-headline: On the eve of his first state visit to the U.S., France’s culturally attuned president elaborates on his vision for the republic, his global trepidations, and his “very personal relationship” with Donald Trump.

Its the Vanity Fair star treatment, usually reserved for celebrated actors, celebrities , not to speak of dead Hollywood Stars, and tales of the Jet-Setters now forgotten, and that old stand-by, The  Rancid Scandals of the Past and Present.  The long forgotten, except for the editors of this magazine, awash in glossy pictures of those haute monde personalities, living and dead, and points in between. All of this garnished with ads for Designer Clothes and foot ware, cosmetics and perfumes. Its hard not to get the ‘cultural bends’ thumbing through this glossy trash, that is immediately bound for the re-cycle bin!

The How of the Macron interview:

It was precisely that kind of cultural curiosity that led him to attend last summer’s Rencontres d’Arles, the annual photo festival in the South of France, where he made a point to take in an exhibition featuring the work of Vanity Fair’s principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz. An image-conscious politician as well as an art-lover, Macron was impressed. He later invited Leibovitz to meet with him at the Élysée and, then, to follow him as he went about his workday and ventured forth on one of his cultural sojourns: to the Mediterranean port city of Sète, where he spent time with Pierre Soulages, the 98-year-old painter and sculptor known for his black-on-black canvases.

M. Macron is a canny self-publicist, and Vanity Fair is the kind of highfalutin publication he  chose as his American propaganda beachhead. After all, in the Anglophone World The Financial Times is the E newspaper that publishes a veritable barrage of Macron propaganda!

A collection of quotations from this long essay with my commentary follow: Tom Sancton opens his pallid melodrama.

Though the president was facing the prospect of crippling protest strikes the following week and preparing to meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel the next day, the thing that was uppermost on his mind that evening was not domestic unrest or geopolitics—but culture. Speaking freely in fluent, lightly accented English, he told me how he came by this passion—his “obsession,” as he puts it—and how it shapes him as a leader.

“Culture was part of my personal education,” he began, “and I would say it’s directly linked to my policy, and it’s part of my emancipation. I was born in Amiens, in the north of France. My parents were doctors at the hospital. And my grandmother had a very important role to me. Through books first, and paintings afterwards, and music—I played piano during many years—music was the best way to escape my day-to-day life. . . . During a large part of my childhood, up to 16 or 18 years old, I have a lot of memories from my readings and music, probably as many as in real life. Some authors, like Stendhal, Gide, and music, obviously from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, from my personal point of view, it’s my very personal secret garden.”

Now, as president, he says culture is “part of an emancipation project for this country. Because [with culture] you manage to provide feelings, emotions, which can break all the barriers between people, which can completely transform their life, and emancipate them.” What he means by “emancipation” is that he sees some sectors of French society—the poorer immigrant neighborhoods, for example—as being cut off from the broader world of culture. He wants to bridge that divide, though some arts figures and intellectuals such as Alain Mabanckou have criticized him for espousing a kind of haughty colonialism that appropriates immigrant and minority art and subsumes it into a grand “French culture”—an outmoded notion, they argue, that is often elitist, white, and Paris-focused. Macron—who has appointed the French-Moroccan novelist Leïla Slimani to help shepherd his efforts to promote the French language abroad, particularly in Africa—disagrees. “For me culture is part of what you have to do here,” he says, “because you don’t just deal with technicalities. You deal with symbols. You try to speak to the country in depth—its history, its landscape, its future, its threats.”

As the-in-order-too of his Neo-Liberal Project, he will pass himself off as that rarest of political creatures, at least as some apologists for this nihilism have posited, a Progressive Neo-Liberal. Its like the Unicorn! Macron is the Anti-Hanns Johst

… I shoot with live ammunition! When I hear the word culture …, I release the safety on my Browning!”

Macron is a Free Marketeer, after the evisceration of  The Welfare State, and its undeserving recipients, and the cover of  Culture, with a capital ‘c’, is the unpersuasive white-wash of his authoritarian Corporatist politics.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/emmanuel-macron-opens-up-about-iran-and-his-new-pal-in-the-west-wing-trump?mbid=nl_CH_5ad622a785bd6441b19cf72e&CNDID=13857849&spMailingID=13330900&spUserID=MTMzMTgyMzY1MTMzS0&spJobID=1381491025&spReportId=MTM4MTQ5MTAyNQS2

More to come…

 

April 20, 2018

Here is my reply @Hamlet, that expresses much of what I thought to be the finish of my commentary on this Vanity Fair ‘profile’ , which I have posted as a stand alone comment: https://wp.me/p14oRe-g93

@Hamlet

For you and the rest of the ‘Macron Coterie’ there is a ‘profile’ at Vanity Fair that reeks of the usual treatment accorded to Movie Stars, living and dead, and the scandals and successes of ‘High Society’ and ‘Royals’ : in sum, the staple of this glossy rag. With evocative, yet cliche ridden photographs, by their ‘star’ photographer  Ms. Leibovitz.

But his comments on Trump are … :

Macron returns to the subject of his state visit and his “very personal relationship” with Trump. “We have developed a good level of trust and respect,” he notes. “We talk on the phone on a regular basis.” During Trump’s visit to Paris last year, the leaders discussed “challenging issues such as trade and climate change. Donald Trump made very clear that his priority was to fulfill the promise he had made to the people who elected him. I respect that. I do the same in France. However, we have no ‘Planet B,’ and I want to maintain the highest level of global mobilization on this crucial issue of climate change. That was the purpose of the One Planet Summit in Paris last December, in which plenty of Americans participated.

“I appreciate the forthright conversations I have with President Trump as they help us understand each other,” he continues. “Whether it be on the Iran deal or on trade, I believe we can actually reach a common ground. Both France and the United States want to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb and wish to put an end to distorting trade practices. . . . These talks take place in the context of the unique and long-lasting alliance between our two countries. This strong bilateral bond is key: France is the United States’ oldest ally. We will always stand side by side.”

Macron professes to be especially gratified by the invitation to address a joint session of Congress, a rare honor for a foreign leader. But he also confides that he was a little disappointed that the constraints of a Washington-centered visit would prevent him from having direct contact with what he calls “the real America.”

“Obviously I will not have time to make my Easy Rider trip to get in depth into the U.S. I love this road movie [genre], by the way, in literature or in cinema, where you go inside the country.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/emmanuel-macron-opens-up-about-iran-and-his-new-pal-in-the-west-wing-trump?mbid=nl_CH_5ad622a785bd6441b19cf72e&CNDID=13857849&spMailingID=13330900&spUserID=MTMzMTgyMzY1MTMzS0&spJobID=1381491025&spReportId=MTM4MTQ5MTAyNQS2

Does this express the propinquity between two authoritarian personalities ? Or just M. Macron’s confidence that he can charm this political monster, created by the utter collapse of America’s political romance with Neo-Liberalism. Not to speak of a bankrupt political class.

Regards,

StephenKMackSD

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Trump vs Comey : Episode CCCVII of The American Political Crisis Melodrama. Political Observer comments.

I just have to wonder at this whole political melodrama that stars the notorious grifter Donald Trump and his prosecutors, two former FBI hacks Mueller and Comey. Based on the word of Hillary Clinton, and her political coterie,  without an examination of their servers or computers, by the FBI, to confirm the ‘Russian Hacks’. Would not that be the first step in a criminal investigation into such a serious crime against America’s political process?

Then consider the good grey, and utterly unprepossessing Special Prosecutor, Rod Rosenstein former employee of:

Ken Starr on the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton. 

Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Rosenstein to prosecute General James Cartwright, a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for leaking to reporters.[16] Rosenstein’s aggressive prosecution secured a guilty plea from Cartwright, who was ultimately pardoned by President Barack Obama.[16]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Rosenstein

Also consider this quote from Comey:

“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person’s not fit to be president of the United States,” he said.

He offers a moral indictment of Trump, not a legal one. The FBI, and its former directors,  have never demonstrated moral behavior, except as cover for their own lawlessness! Is it a surprise that Trump is by even the vaguest of definitions a crook,  a misogynist and even a racist? Nixon was all of these, yet he was forced from office, in the face of incontrovertible evidence of his ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ not moral unfitness!

What of Obama’s de facto pardoning of CIA Torturers, and the State sponsored murder of US citizens? Not to speak of the expansion of The War on Terror and the triumph of Technocratic Murder By Drone!

Where is the evidence of direct collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign ? Or of Trump himself -there is plenty of corrupt sideshow, as if that were a surprise!And its attendant political hysterics, provided by the Clinton coterie of New Cold Warriors, with the Putin/Trump fictional alliance as its central political conceit.

The tweets of Trump, versus the moralizing earnestness of Comey, offer more of the same tired political melodrama: that is the engine of corporate media. The  problem is that this political show is engineered for the black and white 21 inch screen of 1952. Or even more pointedly , Hillary as Pauline in ‘The Perils of Pauline’ tied to those railroad tracks, as that train fast approaches, and the villain chuckles and twists his handlebar mustache.

Political Observer

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@reader @StephenKMackSD

Thank you for your comment. Google translate word phrasing equals Russian troll. Mr.Rosenstein is a Special Council, if not in name, at least in the exercise of his duties, acting in the role Sessions should had played, had he not recused himself. The whole affair is a legal muddle, or ‘Through The Looking Glass’, where corruption of all kinds reigns.

‘Classic whataboutism with Obama and Hillary’ :

@reader this is the point were you play Mrs. Malaprop? (note question mark!)

And finally this maladroit summation of my polemical style :

lots of exclamation points at the end of sentences! Lots of words, good when you are paid by the word.

@reader I count three exclamation points!(note, exclamation point).  And the fact that the  word count of my comments is linked to my pay, as a Russian troll! (note exclamation point) Not since the salad days of Holmes, has a master of deductive reasoning of your caliber shined such a bright light on Russian skulduggery! 😉

Regards,

StephenKMackSD

 

@tasdk

Quite eloquently argued, almost a model of its kind, until: ‘What a sad fate for the country that led the liberal democratic world during the cold war.’ The very people you inveigh against are reviving the Cold War, and its central villain Putin, to bring about the Neo-Con/Neo-Liberal political alliance’s reason d’etre: war with Russia! Read Bret Stephens at the New York Times or Wm. Kristol at ‘The Weekly Standard’. Or Anne Marie Slaughter, an occasional contributor to the newspaper .

StephenKMackSD

 

@tasdk @StephenKMackSD 

Thank you for your comment. The narrative of Stalin’s ‘expansionism’ was really related to the Yalta Agreement, that Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill agreed to.  Recall ‘Spheres of Influence’ ? The Republicans after the War dubbed The New Deal ‘a Generation of Treason’, Yalta being  one of that argument’s component parts, along with the loss of China: Eastern Europe was the victim of Roosevelt’s political surrender to Stalin’s demands. So goes that narrative. Some consider that narrative contested territory .

Others take the argumentative line, that Eisenhower withdrew his troops too early from those former theaters of war, therefore emboldening the imperialist Stalin.

That  Generation of Treason narrative was used by the Nixon/Mundt/McCarren/McCarthy political axis to engage in a Witch Hunt, an American tradition dating from  WWI and the Palmer Raids. The Red Scare after the Russian Revolution of 1917 led to The Alien and Sedition Act.  And The Salem Witch Trials presided over by Cotton Mather ,and his use of ‘spectral evidence’ was also one of the historical antecedents of the American search for apostates.

Who caused the old Cold War, it takes two to tango, to use a cliche. But it is surly the Neo-Cons and their Neo-Liberal allies, meaning The New Democrats i.e. Mrs. Clinton and her coterie, that are hysterically bellicose. The names of those Neo-Cons  I’ve already mentioned.

StephenKMackSD

 

@WendellMurray @StephenKMackSD

Mr. Murray, thank you for your comment, and your attempt at faint praise. It’s heartening to know, that I have at least one reader at this publication, who almost understands me! If that isn’t too Sally Field of me?

‘The so-called “heroes” riding to the rescue are a fiction generated by the televised “news” media for advertising revenue purposes.’ Mr. Murray direct your attention to the newspaper you are reading! @FT is presenting both Comey and Mueller as the heroes of this utterly shoddy American political melodrama, with grifter Trump as the Villain. Its ‘Journalistic Red Meat’ for the apologists for the failed Neo-Liberalism that helped usher Trump into the Oval Office, with the help of the execrable New Democratic candidate Mrs. Clinton.

San Diego CA USA area is full of former military types and similar political right-wingers. How does Mr. Mack fit in there?

Mr. Murray thinks/imagines that San Diego is the Dodge City of Gunsmoke, by the sea! With those military types and political right-wingers strapped, meaning gun slingers looking for trouble. All that is missing from this is the dusty dirt main street, where the confrontation between me and those ruffians is about to take place!

It is awash in black and white television cliché, to say the least. How do I fit in here? My bad judgement, that became good, allied to an opportunity to move to a place where it is beautiful all year long, even when it isn’t. California was the destination for my mother’s family, and my dad and his half-brother rode the rails to the Golden State during the latter years of the Depression.

Best regards,

StephenKMackSD

April 18, 2018:

StephenKMackSD 23 minutes ago

Comey is America’s New Cotton Mather!

‘“People must fear the consequences of lying in the justice system or the system can’t work,” Comey writes. “There was once a time when most people worried about going to hell if they violated an oath taken in the name of God. That divine deterrence has slipped away from our modern cultures. In its place, people must fear going to jail. They must fear their lives being turned upside down. They must fear their pictures splashed on newspapers and websites. People must fear having their names forever associated with a criminal act if we are to have a nation with the rule of law.”

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/18/james-comey-sees-himself-as-a-victim-of-trump-he-refuses-to-see-the-victims-of-the-justice-system/

Call him zealot,inquisitor, persecutor ,an American Tradition since The Salem Witch Trials and its ‘Judge’ Cotton Mather. Who relied on ‘Spectral Evidence’! Comey is another J. Edgar Hoover i.e. just another American Fascist, who almost looks ‘normal’ !

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