Monthly Archives: March 2015

Matt Taibbi on David Brooks, a comment by Political Skeptic

It’s hard to be patient with David Brooks! He never tires of excising his felt prerogatives as Platonic Guardian, combined with his self-awarded status as Old Testament Prophet and the self-appointed inheritor of the mantle of Walter Lippmann. The pretension, … Continue reading

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On Debt, the Germans, the Greeks, Politics and Historical Memory: a comment by Almost Marx

As reported in these pages on January 16, 2015 by Ms. Tett on an after-dinner address by Benjamin Friedman: Ms. Tett’s essay: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/927efd1e-9c32-11e4-b9f8-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3UDJlb8Se The PDF of Prof. Friedman’s remarks: Click to access friedman.pdf The Germans are wont to forget their … Continue reading

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My answer to A. Andros at The Economist

The President may enter into treaties, the advise and consent occurs after the fact of the negotiation, not before! The proper place for the Cotton letter was, as others have pointed out in this ongoing debate, the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the Cotton Letter: by Political Skeptic

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has some compelling observations to make on Sen. Cotton’s letter: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iran-us-congress.html?_r=0 Some selected quotes: ‘Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the letter a sign of “the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration,” according to the … Continue reading

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Shadi Hamid ‏@shadihamid

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/markaz/posts/2015/03/10-congress-letter-iran-nuclear-deal Let some fresh air into the Brookings Vatican, the stale ‘leadership’ @StrobeTalbott as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith demonstrates the fact that this Old Cold Warrior, and his epigones like @MaloneySuzanne are educated/indoctrinated and … Continue reading

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On the Republican Letter to Iran

Here is the law very clearly stated and the link: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/953 ‘Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with … Continue reading

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Timothy Garton Ash, Dramaturge: Europe Torn Apart, a comment by Almost Marx

Austerity and structural reform are the one true way to salvation, they insist. As Merkel put it in 2013: “What we have done, everyone else can do.” Even with Mr. Ash’s three provisos this is still Neo-Liberalism. Note the idea … Continue reading

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Mr. Fukuyama on the plight of the poor, a comment by Political Skeptic

America’s favorite Straussian, Mr. Fukuyama, can be depended upon to hit the high spots of the perennial Political Moralizing that infects the hectoring rhetoric of the Right. His concern for the ‘poor’ the ‘underclass’ finds the perfect opportunity, to demonstrate … Continue reading

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My reply to guest-llanmjn at The Economist

guest-llanmjn, Thank you for your comment. The very condition of ‘decline’ is an indictment of the Neo-Liberal model, or should I say the perception of ‘decline’. The very real question is this: where are the jobs that can help the … Continue reading

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The end of American hegemony is not an acceptable fact, according to Mr. Joseph Nye and The Economist

Is American Power unassailable? Our politics is ruled by two wings of the same Neo-Liberal Party. The Democrats who willfully discarded the tradition of The New Deal for a politics highly tinctured with Reaganism, that made the New Democrats electable … Continue reading

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