On the pathos of Martin Wolf, a comment by Almost Marx

Mr. Wolf rather naively pushes back on Capitalism, in it’s Neo-Liberal form, yet for all the hectoring rhetoric he seems to have missed the fact that President Obama, the ersatz Progressive, has identified the TPP as a part of his ‘Legacy’. The links below demonstrate that fact without question:



Obama to take trade battle to the heartland

By 08/16/16 05:06 AM EDT

Obama Readies One Last Push for Trans-Pacific Partnership

AUG. 21, 2016

Obama defends a cornerstone of his legacy in Asia as it keeps getting shredded at home

Allen Smith May 30, 2016


The TPP is Corporatism, the placing of political power and the  welfare of those citizens of the polity, under the indirect rule of Market Players: by means of lawsuits directed at countries whose rules and regulations cost those Corporations profits. Just one instance of the power of the TPP, which Mr. Wolf has decided to leave out of his commentary. All this adds a kind of comic pathos to Mr. Wolf’s wan defense of democracy.

Almost Marx




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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.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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