Monthly Archives: November 2017

At The Financial Times: Edward Luce on the ‘virtues’ of James Mattis. Committed Observer comments

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 … Continue reading

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The Koch Brothers will acquire 10% of Time Magazine. Committed Observer comments

  The only time I hear of Time magazine is when it elects its ‘Person of the Year’. In the past, I’ve looked through a couple of issues of this magazine at the local library. I thought it looked like … Continue reading

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On the Angela Merkel ‘political crisis’: The Financial Times vs. Ross Douthat. Old Socialist comments

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 … Continue reading

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Alexander Baunov & Thomas de Waal advocate a rationally based ‘New Cold War’: A Political History Play ‘made to measure’, in Five Acts with a Prologue. Old Socialist comments

The evolution of the Think Tank as an instrument of propaganda for the American National Security State, and its NATO allies, could not be better represented than by the Carnegie Foundation, in its various iterations. It has become the home … Continue reading

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On the death of Charles Manson, used as political cudgel! Old Socialist comments

The vulgar popular press, of today and yesterday, have/had the power to direct and control the way we see the world! Look at this headline from November 20, 2017 from the Financial Times: Then look at the cover of the … Continue reading

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Macron’s Jupertarian Politics are, in sum, dictatorial! Old Socialist comments

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 … Continue reading

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My reply to @FromaHarrop

In this case the ‘truth’ of the question is about partisan loyalty, refracted through the historical lens of the Weinstein scandal- our Present illuminates the Past? And Joe has always been a political conformist : I was a reader of … Continue reading

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