@shadihamid in triplicate: a comment by Political Observer

Your series of tweets was informative as to your ‘Liberalism’. Damir Marusic & Rich Lowry set the argumentative parameters of the moral/political shame of the Trump separation of children from their parents? Call this the sadism of the Neo-Confederate/Originalist coterie, and its Dixiecrat Sessions! Out of the pages of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ strides Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III! Yet your gutless caviling proves the ‘why’ of your status as a ‘Liberal’  @Brookings hireling.

We’re part of a generation of liberals that aren’t good at arguing for the things we (on a moral-emotional level) assume to be true. Assuming we were on the “right side of history” has often made our ideas less interesting and creative than those of young right-of-center writers

Read ‘The Machiavellian Moment’ by J.G. A Pocock, the integuments between the republican tradition and its roots in a moral/ethical philosophy, the awareness necessary to support that tradition. This is not the ‘Age of Fracture’ as Daniel T. Rogers titled his informative and challenging book. He squandered an opportunity in his Epilogue: he could have used this opportunity to speculate on how a civic actor might conduct herself, in this Age, but he lost his nerve , if he had any!

Carl Schmitt was correct about one thing, except his timing was wrong, the political present in the Age of the Friend/Enemy distinction, that makes  historical/political sense in Trump World. The ‘Liberals’ were/are actually Neo-Liberals who are the Midwives of Trump. Take a bow Mr. Hamid!

Political Observer


About stephenkmacksd

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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