Monthly Archives: November 2017

Andy Divine on the 2017 Virginia election: Myra Breckenridge 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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Mark Zuckerberg for President? American Writer comments

Mr Zuckerberg demonstrates beyond question that he is a political/intellectual bumpkin! He built his search for dates into a ‘Brand’ that is Facebook. He had help. But to say that the ‘opioid crisis‘ and technology are the causes of America’s … Continue reading

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Uber loses. 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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Janan Ganesh & Michel Houellebecq ? Philosophical Apprentice considers this puzzle.

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 ‘Paradise Papers’ are causing a stir @FT ! Yves Smith & Ronen Palan provide necessary clarity. Old Socialist provides the links to the unfolding melodrama

https://www.ft.com/content/70aca220-c30a-11e7-b2bb-322b2cb39656 https://www.ft.com/content/3327c766-c325-11e7-b2bb-322b2cb39656 https://www.ft.com/content/21db0302-c25c-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675 https://www.ft.com/content/e64f21e4-c222-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675 https://www.ft.com/content/c6066ce0-c2fd-11e7-b2bb-322b2cb39656 https://www.ft.com/content/563ea65e-c314-11e7-b2bb-322b2cb39656 https://markets.ft.com/data/announce/detail?dockey=1330-643383en-4QU46A2VSMU9SD4NVDBT44T2M5 https://www.ft.com/content/4680a384-c2fb-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675 What the Paradise Papers Tell Us About Global Business and Political Elites   https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/11/paradise-papers-tell-us-global-business-political-elites.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29 The Panama Papers revelations succeeded by the Paradise Papers: Capitalism lurches  from crisis to crisis, aided by its … Continue reading

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On the indispensable John Sturrock. American Writer provides the links to one of his books, and two review/essays.

Mr. Sturrock’s ‘The Word from Paris: Essays on Modern French Thinkers and Writers’  Links to two of Mr. Sturrock’s insightful and challenging review/essays for the London Review of Books : (Behind a pay wall, but completely worthy of the cost, … Continue reading

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My reply martin.wolf@ft.com

Thank you for your comment. ‘How do you know which activities I pursue? I would be really interested.’ At the least, Keynes was a fascinating and complex man, thinker and being! Full of contradictions, but none the less worthy of … Continue reading

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The Midwives of Trump, episode DCCLV: Andy Divine on ‘The Failure of the Resistance’. Committed Observer comments

Mr. Sullivan’s penchant for political  moralizing is a never ending phenomenon, some examples of his analysis of the governor’s race in Virginia between Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam are demonstrative of his rampant self-congratulation, not to speak of  his self-conception … Continue reading

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martin.wolf@ft.com : ‘Against Xi Jinping’s Leninist autocracy’. Old Socialist comments

Yet how has the system that failed in Moscow succeeded in Beijing? The big difference between the two outcomes lay with Deng Xiaoping’s brilliant choices. China’s paramount leader after Mao Zedong kept the Leninist political system — above all, the … Continue reading

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The Midwives of Trump, episode DCCLIV: David Brooks on Political Idolatry. Philosophical Apprentice comments

Before I begin to comment on Mr. Brooks’ current essay the reader might just begin at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and its entry on Francis Bacon, and its entry 3.1 and sub-entries of 1 through 4. To refresh the … Continue reading

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