On the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as reported @FT

Headline: Machine guns and a hit squad: the killing of Iran’s nuclear mastermind

Assassination set to escalate tensions as US president-elect Joe Biden keen to restart nuclear talks

https://www.ft.com/content/a2fade69-f-9fd3-1641ae1fddb13b03-4d0


Note that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is named as the sinister, in fact evil ‘nuclear mastermind’

My comments:

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How soon will the comments section get too pointed, so that the editors close down the comments section, of the reworked Mossad propaganda from yesterday? When the going gets tough…

Headline: Iran’s nuclear mastermind ‘assassinated’

Sub-headline: Officials in Tehran suggest Israel involvement in killing that escalates tensions with US

 https://www.ft.com/content/e1bf7e03-b760-4494-b7b2-4e26514a83cd


What if an American Scientist was murdered inside America? What would be the punishment for the responsible party, who hired thugs to do their dirty work?
StephenKMackSD

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In reply to Koln

Do better!!! I’m in America not in Tehran, and I have voiced my opinion, just like you have! Iran threw off the yoke of Imperial Oppressors.  A coup conducted by BP and Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA removed the democratically elected Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953, and put the Shah, and his secret police in power: this was the incubator of the mullah’s that you now inveigh against.
The Iranians come by Anti-Americanism and Anti-Britainism  via the route of the machinations of the American National Security State and British Petroleum to deny the sovereignty of a state because Mossadegh said he would Nationalize Iranian Oil.
‘The West’ is the object of Iranian rage for very good reasons as I have mentioned.
The final question in my post still stands unanswered. Because the answer is clear!


Thank you for your comment.
Regards,
StephenKMackSD 

https://www.ft.com/content/a2fade69-f-9fd3-1641ae1fddb13b03-4d0   

    

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The Proud Boys, as reported in the London Sunday Times. Old Socialist comments, and asks a question.

Headline: Meet the Proud Boys — Trump’s unofficial militia spoiling for a fight

Sub-headline: Sporting Fred Perry shirts and heavily armed, the American far-right group the president refused to condemn is on patrol at his rallies

‘ I initially thought McInnes’s list of Proud Boy “degrees” of membership must be another one of his jokes. Initiates must swear allegiance to the fraternity, get beaten up until they can recite the name of five cereal brands, adhere to a “no wanks” pledge (so young men stop watching porn and meet actual women, Aaron explained) and get a Proud Boy tattoo.
It made them sound like a bunch of incels (involuntary celibates). Could this be for real, I asked Aaron, who, like Mike, is 33 and single. Yes, the rules were rules. He took my question about the ban on masturbation well — “It does wonders for your determination, energy levels and productivity” — but denied they were incels. “That’s just a cheap lowball insult,” he said.
Nor were they misogynists, he insisted. “We do venerate housewives, though we respect women who work. We want to put women back on their pedestal. They have a cherished role in western civilisation.”
In fact, he was off to see his girlfriend in Seattle this weekend, a black foreign exchange student from the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I’m not a racist, 100%,” he added.
Aaron went on to remind me that there was a further “degree” for members — “getting into a physical altercation with Antifa”. He fulfilled that pledge in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in August when there was a violent clash with the far left. He sent me a video link. “It was wild,” he said. As he slugged it out with Antifa, he got hit in the face with a street sign.
If there is election chaos after November 3, as Trump has predicted, Aaron will be back on the streets with his Ruger AR-566 — all in the name of “self-defence”. If they are going to play at being Trump’s vigilantes, it will be a terrible joke on the American electorate.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/meet-the-proud-boys-trumps-unofficial-militia-spoiling-for-a-fight-9mjr8kccb



Sexual Puritanism & Violent Reactionary Politics, if the Freudians still enjoyed cultural/psychological currency they would … If only Eric Ericson and his clique!
Add to the ‘Proud Boys’ the ‘Bugaloo Boys’ and ‘The Oath Keepers‘ that represent an American political nihilism, that dwarfs ‘Antifa’ and ‘BLM’ that leads inexorably to the question: will America’s Second Civil War begin on November 4, 2020?

Old Socialist



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Andy Divine depends on the ignorance of his readers, Episode MCCVII: On Concentration Camps & more pressing Evils. Old Socialist comments

I’ll bypass the first two installments of the Mr. Divine’s encyclical of June 21, 2019:

The Next Step for Gay Pride

The Trump Code

I’ll just read this next segment of moral shaming with which Andy confronts his readers:

The Totalitarian Nightmare the World Is Ignoring

I don’t want a new Cold War with China. But it is, in my view, an evil regime, and we should have no illusions about that. Twitter has been having a great time this past week parsing whether detention camps for illegal immigrants in the United States should be called “concentration camps.” In China, this debate might seem somewhat beside the point. Over a million Muslims who have crossed no border and committed no crimes are being taken from their homes en masse and subjected to brainwashing in vast camps and compounds from which there is no escape. Watch this excellent new BBC piece on these “thought transformation camps” — and feel the fear everywhere. The BBC was given access to a show camp, which is creepy enough. We can only imagine what goes on in the hidden ones.

Somehow Andy has become an expert on ‘concentration camps’: now Andy isn’t very adroit about his attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and her very welcome plain speaking on the concentration camps used by ICE to hold the Mestizo Hordes ,that are invading the land of Anglo-Protestant virtue, as articulated by that American political hysteric Samuel P. Huntington: in his Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity. The separation of children/infants from their parents , not to speak of caging these human beings, is an action used by Trump and his minions: ‘Give me your tired,your poor ,your huddled masses…’! An utter betrayal of ‘American Values’ ?

Andy likes to engage in the time honored tradition of One-up-man-ship pioneered by Stephen Potter. Virtue signalling is the current term of abuse, but Potter’s old stand-by fully describes Andy’s dull-witted practice . His argument:  You’ve averted your eyes from the ‘Evil Chinese Regime‘  for too long -its Human Rights abuses! In sum, the Concentration Camps used by ICE are by comparison to the Chinese Regime’s forms of oppression/re-education are evil, while the human rights abuses practiced by ICE are subject to a kind of pseudo- apologetic! In sum,  the crimes of ICE are minimized in comparison to the Chinese.

 

On the left, we worry about Islamophobia, or we expend our energies protesting the oppression of Palestinians by Israel’s occupation. On the right, we talk of religious freedom too often as if it only applies to Christians or Jews.

Yet, here is a man and writer whose moral/political enthusiasms for ‘The Bell Curve’ and the War in Iraq are facts that Andy can’t overcome. At least with his readers whose memories reach back to Andy’s reprehensible political past.  Andy achieves his ends by means of hectoring moralizing, in service to Andy’s pathological egotism, wedded to his political nihilism.

Old Socialist

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/06/andrew-sullivan-the-next-step-for-gay-pride.html

 

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Edward Luce ‘diagnoses’ the political failure of the New Democrats !

Political Cynic comments.

The first two paragraphs of Mr. Luce essay read like the political analysis provided by David Brooks, at The New York Times, with, of course, that Oxbridger undergraduate attempt at humor, stepped in disdain. Brooks describes a political landscape, and its signposts, that reads as almost familiar, but are either out of focus or eerily transmogrified!

The skill at which Donald Trump excels is creating a master narrative and ensuring every American hears it — no consultants needed. That is what he did in 2016 and will try to repeat if he runs for president again. The first time was about draining the Washington swamp. Now it is about Democrats stealing elections. Had Trump put his 2016 horse through an advisory committee, it would have come out as a camel. But he stuck to his own counsel.

The key to Trump’s unlikely success, which Democrats seem predisposed to miss, is to speak plainly to as wide a group of Americans as possible at the same time, even when the product is nihilism. It is the opposite of the microtargeting that Democratic consultants so love. This is an irony, since Democrats claim to represent “the people”. Fighting for ordinary Americans is a far harder sell when your marketing is tailored to so many different ones.

Trump didn’t offer a ‘Master Narrative’, but offered the voter the reflective rage, against a whole Political Class, whose advocacy and practice of the Neo-Liberal Swindle, over almost a generation, that destroyed both the working class and the middle class in America- Mr. Luce is incapable of even an approach to that revelation, it is beyond his ken! A former speech writer and now Boswell to Larry Summers …

If one is to scold the New Democrats for the Trump win 2016 , look to the infamous comment, by New Democrat Queen Bee Hillary Clinton’s ‘basket of deplorables’ as an exercise in starkly ugly classism. After all Hillary was a ‘Goldwater Girl’ in 1964. That ‘deplorables’ catch phrase became the mantra for the rest of the Party. Hillary and The New Democrats were the standard bearers, of that collapsed Neo-Liberalism. As were the Republican Party establishment, that were in a panic of the outsider capturing the Party apparatus, by a self-financed campaign for President.

Here Mr. Luce offers an evaluation of Biden’s ‘build back better’ as not just a question of ‘messaging’ :

The problem is not just with the messaging. The packaging also warps the content. Biden’s “build back better” plan ought to have been a triumph of popular measures — lower drug prices, paid leave, better childcare and higher taxes on the rich. Once it got into the hands of congressional Democrats, however, it descended into a tangled mess of competing interests. When everyone is a priority, nobody is.

Skipping through Mr. Luce’s thickets of political analysis, in which he quotes the Harold Stassen of the political present Andrew Yang:

As Andrew Yang, the former Democratic presidential candidate, said last week: “A lot of Americans are just sick of this compartmentalised approach to politics that’s driven by consultants and . . . they see through it. They think it’s bullshit.” 

Not quite satisfied with the above quote from Yang, Luce resorts to Upton Sinclair:

America’s political-industrial complex deserves the criticism it gets. But few Democratic strategists seem open to change. As Upton Sinclair, the great radical, said: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

How predictable is Mr. Luce’s critique of the ‘political-industrial complex’ ? He is a member in good standing of this ‘complex’ of Political Experts- yet a possible self-criticism does not occur to him as an imperative!

Political Cynic

https://www.ft.com/content/5a7b2081-7049-4942-bdee-96499c3dab3b

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David Cameron’s perennial bad judgement, as reported in The Financial Times.

Political Observer comments.

The reader should note, that the comments section, for this essay by Daniel Thomas and Jim Pickard has been , in Financial Times Speak, ‘Comments have not been enabled for this article.’ !

Headline: David Cameron quits as adviser to Afiniti after allegations against CEO

Sub-headline: Setback for post-political career comes after former PM was caught up in Greensill affair earlier this year

https://www.ft.com/content/f864126a-9d11-4fdc-9b97-45af7a84e376

Here is where this essay begins to consider Cameron’s value as a marquee name for various Corporations, and the Washington Speakers Bureau, as a source of income for a former Prime Minister.


Cameron has since admitted to mistakes over his lobbying for the company, although he said he did not break any rules.

The former prime minister was paid more than $1m a year by Greensill and was given share options that could have been worth about $70m had the company floated on the stock market as expected. Instead, after Greensill filed for administration in March, the shares are worthless.

Greensill is now the subject of more than a dozen inquiries including an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into the “financing and conduct of the business of companies within the Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG), including its financing arrangements with Greensill Capital UK”.

One of those inquiries, by the Treasury select committee, found he had shown a “significant lack of judgment”.

Since leaving office after the Brexit vote in 2016, Cameron has made large amounts of money from making speeches, in line with many other prominent former UK politicians. He has been charging at least £120,000 an hour for speeches through his agency, the Washington Speakers Bureau, which describes him as “one of the most prominent global influencers of the early 21st century”.

Cameron’s exercise of bad judgement defines his career. The Reader should recall that Mr. Cameron lectured Jeremy Corbyn for his lack of patriotism, and for the greater political blunder of his shabby suit. Attribute these comments to Oxbridger snobbery, used as a political weapon!

Headline: UK Prime Minister David Cameron Calls Jeremy Corbyn a ‘Terrorist Sympathizer’

Sub-headline: Corbyn’s campaign responded to the attacks saying, “We won’t fight name calling by returning in kind, but we will challenge the cynical burying of debate.” 

British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a heated speech Wednesday to his fellow Conservative Party members at their annual conference, in which he attacked the newly elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of hating Britain and being a “terrorist sympathizer.”

“You only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a ‘tragedy’ …my friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathizing, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love,” he said to applause from the audience.

Cameron was referring to an interview Corbyn gave in 2011 to Iranian television channel Press TV, regarding the killing of the al-Qaida leader. When reading the whole quote, Cameron’s paraphrasing of Corbyn’s assessment of bin Laden’s death appears extremely selective:

“There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died,” Corbyn told his interviewer.

Indeed, critics say the Conservative Party has been using this interview out of context as a way to attack Corbyn.

The Labour leader’s team responded to the accusations through their Twitter account, explaining that Cameron is trying to avoid debating issues and instead opting for ‘name calling’ and personalized attacks.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/UK-David-Cameron-Calls-Jeremy-Corbyn-a-Terrorist-Sympathizer-20151007-0012.html

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Janan Ganesh offers council to the Republicans & The Reader can share in this opportunity!

Political Reporter comments.

In the Ganesh Political World, a thick slice from the remains of Miss Havisham’s wedding cake, is never out of place! No matter how unappetizing!

The bay views, the pastel homes, the human suffering: no city does less with more than San Francisco. How a place so spoilt for assets became a byword for rough-sleeping and urban dysfunction is, for Republicans, obvious. It is the fruit of liberal governance. What that diagnosis lacks in nuance it more than makes up for in national electoral resonance. Disorder in US cities is one theme the party hopes to ride to midterm glory next year.

The Enlightened Masters of the Internet Age, in Silicone Valley, have the cash, on or offshore, to render the crisis of homelessness in their own cities, and municipalities, if they could stop acting like the Aristocracy of pre-revolutionary Russia. Recall Edward Crankshaw’s 1976 ‘The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia’s Drift to Revolution, 1825-1917’ ? Or has my penchant for hyperbole … This in its own oblique way a riposte to the ‘liberal governance’ slur?

Mr. Ganesh appetite for political gore is unslakable.

Count the others, if you have the time. Inflation is up under a high-spending Democratic president. The border with Mexico slips in and out of crisis. The cultural left’s inroads into education trouble even liberal-minded parents of school-age children. Tot it all up and Congress should be the least of the prizes. Republicans dream of an ascendancy that lasts as long as it takes the Democrats to see that liberalism and “anything-goes” are different creeds.

Who can resist these two sentence awash in the California Squatter Mentality, of Reaganism’s past, and its evolution in the political present. Pete Wilson’s Prop 187 in proximity to Anti-Left hysterics.

The border with Mexico slips in and out of crisis. The cultural left’s inroads into education trouble even liberal-minded parents of school-age children.

Then comes Mr. Ganesh’s admonition to these Squatters. to ‘check their present exuberance’ followed by this near epigrammatic ‘One is the natural rhythm of politics.’ This mere 170 word introduction, to a History Made To Measure, as imagined/conceived as political object lesson to caution Republicans on their ‘exuberance’.

But note that Mr. Ganesh’s essay presents something of political interest, if the reader is patient, while making her way though the thickest of ‘political analysis’:

Once more, the party is underestimating how well a messily begotten reform can work for its authors over time. From the southern border to the urban crime wave to Kabul, the root of Biden’s unpopularity is a lack of executive grip. Republicans have persuaded themselves that it is “socialism”.

In the aftermath of the complete collapse of the Neo-Liberal Swindle in 2008, and the obscene profits enjoyed by Capital , via the political cowardice of Obama: whose ‘lets put this behind us’ and his Simpson-Bowles, that sank like a stone – Biden is no Socialist, but a Neo-Liberal, who must do something that resembles The New Deal, but is not an actual threat to Capital. This is Bidens Last Act so the facsimile, must at least resemble the original, but not be actual Reform.

The pressing question, not withstanding this not quite engaging History Made to Measure, is which Republicans is Mr. Ganesh addressing? Mitch McConnell, or Mule- Piss Mitch as Mr. Ganesh once dubbed him? David Frum, who now presents himself as a Wise Republican Elder, a self promotion from jingle writer for The War On Terror? Rich Lowry of National Review? The Lincoln Project? And certainly not Josh Hawley, of the raised clenched fist, not seen since the 1968 Mexico City Olympics? The answer is that ‘we’ the readers are the target audience for Mr. Ganesh’s political moralizing!

The fact is that Trump controls the Republican Party, like the Clintons control the New Democrats.

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Edward Luce on ‘The battle for the minds of American children’ !

Political Radical comments.

In his 810 word essay Mr. Luce identifies “critical race theory” that acts as the in-order-too, of diminishing the importance of this confrontation, with a pervasive and institutionalized practice, by placing it in lower case letters. Race has shaped a belief system that defines the American Experiment, no matter how vehemently the denial is politically articulated. The pose Mr. Luce adopts is that of ‘Reporter’ on the American Political Landscape, but the practice of ‘diminishment’ renders that stance null !

I have read the first three chapters of Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic’s ‘Critical Race Theory An Introduction, Third Edition’, and can see why this expressions has raised the ire ‘Conservatives’. The Neo-Liberals will follow, if they haven’t already joined in the usual political hysteria. Critical Race Theory places the onus on each political actor, to examine their presuppositions, assumptions, prejudices about the ‘Other’! Yet in The America of the myth of ‘The Melting Pot’ that ‘Other’ is ubiquitous!

At its core Critical Race Theory is based on an critical examination of the self, and its relation to the polity, the civic space all of us occupy: even those who aspire to be citizens of America, known as ‘illegal immigrants’ , who are entitled to the full protection of law! This last sentence articulates an uncomfortable truth to the Conservative and Neo-Liberals, who celebrates ‘Traditional Values’ steeped in the care and maintenance of white male power as a political/moral sine qua non!

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The Fernández/de Kirchner alliance faces a defeat at the polls, as reported in The Financial Times!

Political Observer offers some thoughts.

Is there any ‘good news’ coming from Argentina?

Headline: Argentina: Peso in Free Fall as Thousands Mobilize Against Macri and the IMF

Sub-headline: In the past few hours, the Argentine peso has been devalued from 35 pesos to the dollar to 40 pesos to the dollar. What is going on?

Leo Zino August 30, 2018

Argentina: Peso in Free Fall as Thousands Mobilize Against Macri and the IMF

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Headline: Argentine peso suffers steepest fall since 2002 crisis

Sub-headline: Argentina’s currency, the peso, has seen its sharpest one-day fall since the country’s 2002 financial crisis.

January 23, 2014

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-25871675

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Headline: Argentina finance minister axed on economic uncertainty

Sub-headline: President requests resignation of Prat-Gay due to ‘differences’ in department

December 26 2016

https://www.ft.com/content/2d82da08-cb8c-11e6-864f-20dcb35cede2

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Headline: Argentina’s call for IMF help was brave but danger remains

Sub-headline: Recent drama may turn into just another act in a sadly familiar play

May 11, 2018

https://www.ft.com/content/5612f998-545d-11e8-b3ee-41e0209208ec

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Headline: Argentina’s peso falls again as Macri tries to shore up support

Sub-headline: President unveils raft of emergency economic measures after major political setback

August 14, 2019

https://www.ft.com/content/56fca4e0-be96-11e9-b350-db00d509634e

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Headline: ‘There’s no future in Argentina’: Peronists face voter anger in midterms

Sub-headline: A crumbling economy and soaring inflation stoke discontent that threatens ruling party in next week’s polls

November 8, 2021

https://www.ft.com/content/cdd1ce4e-8cd8-46fc-b0a2-d48c98afc726

What might the reader think of the continuing failure of the de Kirchners, Macri and now the Fernández/de Kirchner alliance, to address a seemingly perpetual economic crisis? A description of the problem, and a diagnosis is offered by Lucinda Elliott and Michael Stott.

Inflation was 52.5 per cent in the year to September, one of the highest rates in the world, and economists fear it could go higher still next year. The government insists its policies will bring prices under control.

“We consider that inflation is being attacked with consistent macroeconomic policies which allow Argentina’s net exports to grow in a sustained way and that monetary issuance can be reduced to a speed which is compatible with the state playing a countercyclical role to underpin the recovery,” economy minister Martín Guzmán told the Financial Times in an interview.

“We believe that prices and incomes policies are a necessary element in an economy which is resolving its problems of macroeconomic co-ordination.”

But economists say that such recipes have been tried and failed numerous times before.

Which ‘economists’ are the writers paraphrasing in this paragraph?

“Needless to say, in our view, this policy is unlikely to curb inflation,” Citibank said of the price freeze. “We believe that the announcement of price controls by the authorities is evidence they have run out of tools to fight inflation.”

To drive the point home Lucinda Elliott and Michael Stottoffer this ‘proof’ :‘More than 20 leading figures’ have ‘voted with their feet’. Embellished by this:

Amid the economic chaos and political uncertainty, more people are opting to emigrate. A recent study by the consultancy Taquion Research found that eight in 10 working age Argentines would leave the country if they could. Despite coronavirus border restrictions, 130,000 people departed the country to work or study abroad in the first nine months of the year.

I have rendered in bold face this rather dubious assertion, notion, of ‘if they could’! Where is the data? Perhaps ‘to work or study’ offers a clue?

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Joe Moran reviews Stuart Jeffries ‘Everything, All the Time, Everywhere: How we became postmodern’ in the TLS of October 29,2021

Philosophical Apprentice comments.

My TLS print edition, is always a week behind, the edition that is posted online. I read this review last night, before turning out the light, but this breathtaking paragraph I had to mark, because it was the fastest rhetorical ride of recent memory!

But are “we” still postmodern? Nearly thirty years ago, I did an English MA course on the subject. The authors we studied – Kurt VonnegutAngela Carter, John Barth, John FowlesItalo Calvino – no longer feel like our contemporaries. In 2007 the critic of postmodern fiction, Brian McHale, asked, in an essay title, “What Was Postmodernism?” and the journal Twentieth Century Literature published a special issue, “After Postmodernism”. In The Postmodern Condition (1979; translated 1984), Jean- François Lyotard defined the postmodern era as one of “incredulity toward metanarratives” – in other words, as one disinclined to believe in overarching, totalizing explanations of how the world works. It would be difficult to argue that this applies today, in our age of entrenched positions and viciously polarized debates about everything from Brexit to Covid. If postmodernism was all hyper- reality and post-radical irony, the new millennium brought us back to earth with a bump, beginning with what Jeffries calls the “crushing literalism” of 9/11. The fallout from the financial crash of 2008, and a sharpened awareness of the resilience of patriarchal and racialized power, have energized critical thought. Cultural theory has again embraced real-world earnestness, in the form of neo-Marxism, fourth-wave feminism and critical race theory.

Not so now, now

After reading Empson’s 7 Types of Ambiguity, I read Norris’s ‘William Empson and the Philosophy of Literary Criticism’ and Edward Baring’s enlightening The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968and just started to read Norris’ ‘Derrida’, one of two books, that John Sturrock had recommended, in The London Review of Books. About Derrida. The other being ‘The Tain of the Mirror : Derrida and the Philosophy of Reflection’. My reading program can’t quite keep up with my unslakable intellectual ambition, and my continually evolving interests.

In the final paragraph, of his review, Joe Moran expresses my own dissatisfaction: the book, the author, and the reader deserved a review that more fully explored Jeffries’s arguments, about the status of ‘Post Modernism’ in the ‘post truth world’!

In keeping with Jeffries’s argument about the persistence of postmodernism, the book covers an impressive if slightly exhausting range of material from the past fifty years.

Philosophical Apprentice

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Kyrsten Sinema, as ‘Fashion Trailblazer’ celebrated by Lauren Indvik !

Political Reporter…

Kyrsten Sinema is recycling Madonna’s old wardrobe, on a the body of a dumpy middle aged women!  Sounds like misogyny, or just  an attempt an candor?  How many male or female Senators appear riffing on the stylistic themes of Tom Wolfe’s ‘Dandyism’? To see her celebrated as some kind  of ‘fashion trailblazer’ @FT takes political comedy to new lows! 

Sinema isn’t ‘fashion forward’ but exemplifies the utter collapse of America’s Political Class into comically expressed non-conformity : a signal that that collapse is realized by another political opportunist dressed for the 1980’s MTV! 

Political Reporter

https://www.ft.com/content/23ba810d-1172-44cd-9d6c-450e888d2add

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Edward Luce’s toxic political romance with Henry Kissinger.

Political Reporter comments.

What regular readers of Mr. Luce can forget his interview with ‘The Great Man’?

Headline: Henry Kissinger: ‘We are in a very, very grave period’

Sub-headline: The grand consigliere of American diplomacy talks about Putin, the new world order — and the meaning of Trump

https://www.ft.com/content/926a66b0-8b49-11e8-bf9e-8771d5404543

The New Cold War has been a fact for almost ten years, or even longer in its nascent stages: enthusiastically advocated by this newspaper and its hirelings!

In the political present ‘The Great Man’ now becomes the voice of reason instead of ‘the grand consigliere’.

Just select a paragraph, of Mr. Luce’s essay, for the current cast of heroes and villains:

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, said that whoever led in artificial intelligence would dominate the world. Kissinger, who, with Eric Schmidt, former chief executive of Google, is co-author of a new book, The Age of AI, says we have not yet begun to grasp the impact it is having on future warfare and geopolitical stability. The FT recently reported that China had tested a hypersonic missile, which could enable it to evade US missile defence systems. The Pentagon this week estimated that China planned to quadruple its nuclear arsenal by 2030. Nicolas Chaillan, the former head of AI at the Pentagon, told the FT he had resigned because he could not stand to watch China overtaking the US. “It is already over,” he said.

Note this Luce sentence – a retrospective apologetic for The Great Man’s’ murderous past.

Yet Kissinger’s analysis should be separated from moral evaluations of his cold war record.

The reader needs to steel herself for the final pronouncement, from Mr. Luce, on ‘The Great Man’:

At 98, he is among the few living figures to have played a leading role grappling with the last century’s existential threats. Each side eventually acquired an intimate knowledge about their nuclear capacities and doctrines that may be impossible to match on AI, he argues. There are no spy planes that could take pictures of China’s AI. There is no clear way of deterring attacks, or of knowing where they come from.

“With nuclear weapons it was possible to conceive of principles of deterrence in which there was some symmetry between the damage on each side,” he said. “If an unrestrained [US-China] arms race goes from nuclear to AI, the dangers of dramatic escalation would be very great.”

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gideon.rachman@ft.com predicts doom for ‘The West’!

Political Cynic …

Its not ‘The West’ that is under threat! It is the American Empire and its murderous incompetence, which is not collapsing, but is crumbling from the inside: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hold the fate of The Republic in their trembling, but greedy, hands!

Next question: Recall those 37 million refugees?

While Mr. Rachman riffs on Chicken Little and breathlessly predicts that ‘Doom‘ awaits ‘us’, like Niall Ferguson? If the ‘West’ doesn’t ‘circle the wagons’. My cliché mongering almost matches that of a Financial Times pundit?

This is a howler :

America’s ability to play the role of honest broker is complicated by Aukus

Though I must admit that Thomas Friedman wins hands down with his latest essay at The New York Times:,

Would Russia or China Help Us if We Were Invaded by Space Aliens?

Nov. 1, 2021

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/01/opinion/climate-glasgow-russia-china.html  

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The London Times can’t let go of Jeremy Corbyn, and the myth of ‘Labour Anti-Semitism’.

Political Radical explores the political fixation.

Who can forget this ‘review’ published Sunday February 24 2019 in the venerable Times?

Headline: Review: Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power by Tom Bower — portrait of a monomaniac

Sub-headline: If Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister, he would easily be the most dangerous, most indolent and least intelligent holder of the office in history

This is one of the most depressing books I have ever read. It is a forensically detailed portrait of a man with no inner life, a monomaniac suffused with an overwhelming sense of his own righteousness, a private schoolboy who failed one A-level and got two Es in the others, a polytechnic dropout whose first wife never knew him to read a book.

It is the story of a man who does not appear to have gone to the cinema or listened to music, takes no interest in art or fashion and refused to visit Vienna’s magnificent Schönbrunn Palace because it was “royal”. It tells how he bitterly opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement, deeply regretted the fall of the Berlin Wall and praised the men who attacked New York on September 11, 2001, for showing an “enormous amount of skill”. In some parallel universe, this man would currently be living in well-deserved obscurity. In reality, Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of Her Majesty’s opposition and the bookmakers’ favourite to become our next prime minister.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/review-dangerous-hero-corbyns-ruthless-plot-for-power-by-tom-bower-portrait-of-a-monomaniac-8x0spp3d8

Call this political hysteria mongering, made to measure. Mr. Sandbrook presents his CV, and the details of his employment as a writer on politics.

I have written for almost all major British papers, as well as some international papers. I now write exclusively for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times. I was nominated as Critic of the Year in the National Press Awards for 2018.

In the past, I was a regular columnist for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. I have written a monthly column for BBC History Magazine since 2006.

https://dominicsandbrook.com/about

Being an Oxbridger, his political conformity to the imperatives of advantageous political positions, is amply demonstared by his attack on Corbyn:

‘a man with no inner life, a monomaniac suffused with an overwhelming sense of his own righteousness, a private schoolboy who failed one A-level and got two Es in the others, a polytechnic dropout whose first wife never knew him to read a book.’

Mr. Corbyn is/was a once illiterate brother to Satan himself , or maybe just a run of the mill sociopath? Think of what Mr. Sandbrook could have accomplished, in the days when Psychoanalysis was the favored psychological methodology, for demonstrating heretical thought?

In the TLS of October 22, 2021 Keith Kahn-Harris reviews two books:

Headline: What went wrong

Sub-headline: Assessing the fallout of antisemitism in the Labour Party

HOW THE EHRC GOT IT SO WRONG

Antisemitism and the Labour Party
Verso. ebook. gratis.

Jewish Voice for Labour

LABOUR’S ANTISEMITISM CRISIS

What the left got wrong and how to learn from it
230pp. Routledge. £120 (paperback, £19.99).

David Renton

What went wrong

The last paragraph of Mr. Kahn-Harris’ review points to the utter lack of candor/honesty of the critics of ‘Corbynite Left’ :

In any case, as Renton himself argues, it is difficult in the age of social media to know how political education and reasoned discussion can counteract the slew of turbocharged online hate. But then, this isn’t just a problem for the Labour Party and it would be unfair to have expected the Corbynite Left to solve it on its own. It was, however, fair to expect the party under Corbyn to have acknowledged the challenge and taken its share of responsibility for addressing it. David Renton’s call to do just that makes his book a valuable contribution to the debate on left-wing antisemitism, while JVL’s refusal of responsibility makes theirs nothing more than a continuation of the conflict that perpetuated the problem.

The ‘problem’ with Corbyn and the ‘Corbynite Left’ is that they campaign, without apology for Palestinian Rights! In response to the Genocide-On-The-Installment-Plan of the Zionist Faschist State. So the Bespoke Suited Victimologists, like Mr. Sandbrook and Mr. Kahn-Harris, can parade their political virtue as moral/political courage, instead of reflective or unreflective political conformity!

What the reader should know about Mr. Keith Kahn-Harris:

‘the project director of the European Jewish Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.’

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