Edward.Luce@ft.com : ‘The rise of a new generation of anti-Americans’ Old Socialist comments

Headline: The rise of a new generation of anti-Americans

Sub-headline: Condemnations of the US are becoming routine — and may not end when Trump departs

One can only imagine the Financial Times, of other eras,  and one of its hirelings opining about ‘New Generation of Anti-British’.  Except that Mr. Luce  chooses to write about Anti-Americanism, one can only ask the most obvious question, why? Spending too much time with the other reportorial movers and shakers called ‘pundits’  of Washington D.C. ?

This time feels different. Earlier bouts of anti-Americanism were typically fuelled by wars, such as in Vietnam and Iraq, or fear of war, such as the arrival of a new generation of nuclear weapons in Europe in Reagan’s first term.

On the ‘Wars’ question: Mr. Luce’s self-serving myopia reaches the point of absurdity.  The fact that America’s ‘War on Terror/Clash of Civilizations’ now embraces, at last count, is being waged on at least  eight fronts. There is no end in sight, the treasuries of the Hegemon are endless?  An audit of the Pentagon reveals:

Headline: Pentagon Audit Shows Logistical Arm Of Military Can’t Explain Where $800 Million Went

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with Politico’s Bryan Bender about a story he broke earlier this week on troubling results from an internal audit at the Pentagon. The audit finds that the Defense Logistics Agency has no paper trail for more than $800 million in construction projects.


Trump is the expression of the utter bankruptcy of both Republicans and the New Democrats. The latest moral obscenity of Trump  is the forced separation of immigrant children from their parents. America’s contempt for the Mestizos of Mexico and points south are confirmed by the facts of history: The Bracero Program, America still  owes $500 million in back wages to these workers. From 1942 -1964. In California Prop. 187 supported by Pete Wilson, but fellow traveler Feinstein was anti-immigrant in the 1994  election. And  look to Obama’s dismal record of the number of deportations. Trump’s sadism has been well documented, but he had a long line precursors. in both political parties. No wall will be built on the border with Canada, as yet.

The why of  Anti-Americanism  is the conundrum that leads this British pundits’ apologetic for the American Empire: that faces a re-invigorated Russian power, called ‘revanchism’ by American apologists, the rise of China, and its holding of American debt, and the rise of regional powers like Iran and its close ally Iraq.(How wrong could the Neo-Cons and their front group PNAC have been?)

Old Socialist




@GNR @StephenKMackSD

Thank you for your comment. Mr. Luce set the rhetorical parameters for his essay, such is the Luce argumentative meander! Or should I call it by its actual name, history, of a sort, made to measure? I tried to follow his free imaginative historical variations as best I could, but polemic demands a bit of burlesque.  On the themes that Mr. Luce wrangles into an essay worthy of the Financial Times.

This Perry Anderson quote is instructive of my deranged, schizophrenic, demented approach:

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.


What I wrote was longer than 3 paragraphs. Perhaps you failed to follow the link to the remainder of my comment? Yet you also mention  five paragraphs…
Your characterization of my comment as having 15 theses, and my writing expressed as deranged, schizophrenic, demented, as states of my being and intellect seems to present a very decided contradiction. How can a person afflicted by: derangement,  schizophrenia, dementia present theses? My writing can only reflect that being and intellect. Your argument undercuts itself. But those descriptors were meant as mere personal abuse, not representative of argument, but masquerading as such.





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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer.
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