Monthly Archives: December 2015

My revised reply to Niall Ferguson

Don’t need Roth’s weak parable starring the nearly unseen Lindbergh, heavy melodrama allied to an authorial nostalgia, as teetering armature! You’re not old enough to recall Jimmy Stewart in that 1957 blockbuster apologia for Lucky Lindy, directed by Billy Wilder? … Continue reading

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At The New York Times: Ross Douthat Defines Liberal Responsibility, a comment by Political Observer

The title is the giveaway: ‘Liberalism’s Gun Problem’ Allied to this is the notion that gun violence ‘drives liberals into a fury’: deliberate mis-characterization, not to speak of ideologically fueled and deliberate misapprehension, that puts the onus on ‘Liberals’ to … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Mr. Rachman on ‘British Values’

The sun set on Britain as international political/moral actor, of import, a long time ago, yet Mr. Rachman engages in a kind of rhetorical version of political nostalgia, not exactly mirroring that of Niall Ferguson’s nostalgia for Empire, but continuing … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Peter Werhner on Trump and Trumpism

One can approach Mr. Peter Wehner’s essay as a defense of ‘Moderate Conservatism’ or what might be judged as the party since the end of WWII, except that what is missing from this potted history are some inconvenient facts about … Continue reading

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At The Economist: On the Trump Circus

In Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America, Charles Lindbergh runs in the American presidential race of 1940 and wins. Could another American writer imagine Donald Trump as that kind of a likely presidential candidate? Lindbergh was heroic and admired, even idolized … Continue reading

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