Steve Breyman v Anne-Marie Slaughter

Five possible influences on Ms. Slaughter’s career seem evident:

In the Law: in the paradigmatic figure of Holmes. Misogynist,misanthrope and committed Social Darwinist, via his reading during one of his convalescences, of Spencer’s Social Statics and Darwin’s Origin. One could safely say that the Civil War was the ruination of the man. His standards of conduct: careerism, political opportunism and a stunted or even non-existent moral sensibility.

In the History of American Foreign Policy: The figures of Kissinger and Brzezinski. Both men ruthless, murderous and unapologetic. Add to this a bit of the anguished melodrama that George F. Kennan can provide, to Ms. Slaughter’s acts of public contrition.

In current Foreign Policy: the Rice/Nuland Neo-Conservative alliance that financed the Ukrainian Coup. And very importantly, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, R2P zealot and her ally and intellectual mentor Michael Ignatieff .

This is just a sketch of a possible set of arguments in the examination of the influences in Ms. Slaughter’s public career. Although Mr. Breyman’s devastating polemic does not need comment, it got me to thinking about what those influences might be. Congratulations to Mr. Breyman on a powerfully argued and superbly written essay!


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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