Monthly Archives: October 2016

Gideon Rachman burnishes his credentials as a New Cold Warrior. Almost Marx comments

Mr. Gideon Rachman column of October 17, 2016 Headline : A distracted America in a dangerous world Sub-headline: The next three months will be a perilous time from Mosul to the South China Sea The three paragraphs that open Mr. … Continue reading

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Joe Biden, James Stavridis, Ivo Daalder, James Clapper: In praise of The New Cold War. Political Observer comments

Nothing so steadfast as American Hypocrisy, yes capitalized, and getting New Democrat Vice President Joe Biden to deliver the threat of an act of aggression against Russia, featuring Putin The Terrible, is awash in comic book melodrama, rivaling that of … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh on ‘a lost world of emotional self-reliance’ Political Cynic comments

Call this essay an episode of Mr. Ganesh’s Collection of Shopworn Cliches: look back in anger, stiff upper lip, emotional self-reliance, softies, toughening up, sensitivity training, Newisms (where neologism ought to be), lost world , a quiet soul, sentimental, machismo, normal,  generation, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan & The Nobel Prize, American Writer comments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times_They_Are_a-Changin%27_(album) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bringing_It_All_Back_Home https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway_61_Revisited https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blonde_on_Blonde https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley_Harding_(album) I owned four of the five Dylan Albums I’ve posted links to. I wasn’t impressed by John Wesley Harding, so I didn’t purchase it. The direction he was moving in was of no real interest … Continue reading

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Political Soothsayer and or Ghostwriter David Frum returns? A comment by Old Socialist

One wonders at what ‘Trump’s insights’ might be, or more pointedly, what they might mean, or if those ‘insights’ even exist, except as a form of desperate political apologetics. From a former speech writer for Bush The Younger, whose career … Continue reading

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The Atlantic disinters James Russell Lowell,endorses Hillary Clinton, with assistance from Lincoln and of L.B.J. American Writer comments

One only confronts this kind of exercise in self-congratulation in the pronouncements of Donald Trump. Or his predecessors like Mitt Romney, John McCain or Bush the Younger. Not a James Russell Lowell to be found! In either the Democratic or … Continue reading

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Harold Meyerson’s Show Trial of the ‘Millennials’ or the triumph of cliché over actual thought . Almost Marx comments

Mr.Meyerson joins the ranks of Tomasky,Krugman, Conason and the other ‘white liberal’ males, whose non-stop shaming of the dissenters in their ranks, is reduced to the public shaming of the young (millennials): echoing the paranoia of Allen Bloom and the … Continue reading

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The New Conservatism Cultural Criticism and the Historians’ Debate By Jürgen Habermas Edited by Shierry Weber Nicholsen Introduction by Richard Wolin, pages xxii-xxiv Valuable Insight on Carl Schmitt’s theory of the friend/enemy distinction on page 34:  

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@Robert___Harris

A fascinating interview with you at the Economist! But the questioner Anne McElvoy gets it right when she calls your politics almost oligarchic.  Too close for comfort? Like Lippmann, in the American context, and his epigones, at least in this, … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh: The Labour Party cannot redeem itself! Some thoughts from Old Socialist

Notice that Mr. Ganesh gives a kind of testimonial to the notion of ‘prudent capitulation’ in his opening paragraph, awash in the hyperbolic, and then claims for the New Labour loyalists the role of a McCarthyite victim of ‘Socialist Vigilantes’. … Continue reading

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