Monthly Archives: September 2016

Our Man from Opus Dei, Ross Douthat, on the Trump/Putin Political Romance: he does lousy Borscht Belt Stand-Up! While New Cold Warrior, David Remnick, does the same Act with better historical interior decoration, a comment by Political Cynic

Opus Dei’s Ross Douthat is way out of his usual territory: the hectoring chatter about sexual morality, directed to the liberated women of America, who feel they don’t need the tutelage of one more stupid straight white male, offering censure … Continue reading

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The Impartial Spectator Adam Smith’s Moral Philosophy by D. D. Raphael

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J.G.A. Pocock on ‘The Question of Europe’ written in 1991: a recommendation by Political Observer (Revised)

J.G.A. Pocock offers some telling insights in his essay of  1992, in a collection published in 1996 by Verso, on the ‘Question of Europe’ in his essay of the same name, in this collection of essays of the same title. … Continue reading

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On Phyllis Schlafly, a comment by Political Observer

America abounds in Political Romantics who long for a halcyon past.Even if they have to invent that past. What it comes down to is a longing, in many American Conservatives, for the year 1859 just before the Civil War, when … Continue reading

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On Edward Luce’s recursive imaginings, a comment by Political Reporter

I had a sense of déjà vu as I read Mr. Luce’s column. Except that he seemed to echo David Brooks, who dons, at his political convenience, the mantle of popular sociologist,  political prophet and/or national moral scold. Sometimes all … Continue reading

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The student enemies of The Economist, a comment by Old Socialist

Never fear we are in the ‘safe space’ once inhabited by the paranoid chatter of Allen Bloom of ‘The Closing of The American Mind’ and his two Neo-Conservative allies: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Illiberal Education’ and Roger Kimball’s ‘Tenured Radicals: How Politics … Continue reading

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Philip Delves Broughton: welcome back reputation slayer Tom Wolf, a comment by Myra Breckenridge

Title this ‘The Ersatz Dandy at 85’ still tilting at the ‘Left’: this time it’s Chomsky. Still comically dressed , who imagines himself to be the natural inheritor of the tradition of Brummel and Baudelaire, but totally lacking the aphoristic … Continue reading

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