Monthly Archives: January 2016

Aaron David Miller on the maladroit, misplaced good intentions/aspirations of the Obama/Kerry team, a comment by American Scribbler

Mr. Miller instead of opting for the foreign policy techno-chatter favored by other ‘Experts’, favors something that resembles the cliche ridden patois of the sports announcer of American football. Although Mr. Miller has no talent for the necessary brevity of … Continue reading

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Episode DCCLXII of the American Political Melodrama: Simon Schama & Nikki Haley battle for the redemtion of the Republican Party, 2016

One marvels at the almost eloquent call for the return to political rationality/civility by Mr. Schama,  with an assist from governor Haley: ‘As the child of Indian Sikhs she warned against conflating whole ethnic and religious communities with criminals or … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Janan Ganesh on ‘plodding desires’, a comment by Political Observer

This is my second reading of Mr. Ganesh’s rambling  essay, it is full of literary/political twists and turns, notable for the partial quotation of John Maynard Keynes’ observations on the modern world, remade by the telephone, in his introductory paragraph: … Continue reading

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David Brooks ‘shames’ Sen. Cruz: Episode MMLIII of The American Political Melodrama

Is there nothing quite as contemptible as David Brooks’ public moralizing chatter? It enacts a kind of pitiable comic version of moral/political commentary. Although quoting Neo-Confederate/Originalist fellow traveler Anthony Kennedy on justice, and its relationship to ‘error’, gives voice to … Continue reading

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At The Economist: Shadow Cabinet reshuffle as pretext for Episode XXXI of the Jeremy Corbyn Melodrama

The Corbyn Political Melodrama continues here at The Economist. The fact that the British political landscape is changing, in such a drastic fashion, i.e. the end of ascendant  Thatcherism? especially in the seeming end of New Labour, or a crippling … Continue reading

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At The Economist: ‘Why lawyers love Shakespeare’, a comment by American Scribbler

If you are summoned to be a juror in an American Court, the last thing the judge says to the assembled citizens, just before the individual interviews begin, is that the law court is above morality! When I was summoned … Continue reading

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At The Economist: on Franklin Graham, a comment by Political Reporter

Franklin Graham learned evangelical politics from his father Billy. Graham pere, a former tent preacher, on the road to bourgeois political respectability engaged in a more adroit sub rosa politicking. Some might identify this as a lack of courage or … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Jacob Weisberg on Reagan as confected by Republican revisonism, a comment by Political Observer

The cult of Reagan is all the Republicans have! The warm cuddly Conservative? The 1980 Nashoba County Fair speech that opened his first campaign for President is an example of his ‘kindness’ and political flexibility? ‘I believe in state’s rights; … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Janan Ganesh, Europe and the Conservatives: a comment by Politcal Observer

Gone are the beguiling aphorisms of Mr. Ganesh’s tribute to Lynton Crosby of December 28,2015. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a40adeb4-a973-11e5-955c-1e1d6de94879.html#axzz3wlRLdCH0 The politics of a special kind of fear, except for the maladroit dismissal of Jeremy Corbyn as politically inconceivable- how a variety of inevitable … Continue reading

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Three important essays

Read Pankaj Mishra’s essay titled ‘A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare‘ here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/01/generation-failed-politicians-elite-liberal-values?CMP=twt_gu On Tony Judt, who is the central thinker in Mr. Mishra’s essay, see these two essays: Dylan Riley’s Tony Judt: … Continue reading

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