Monthly Archives: December 2019

Dr. Pangloss predicts the future, in The Financial Times. Political Observer comments

Headline: Steven Pinker: what can we expect from the 2020s? Sub-headline: Look beyond the gloom of the daily headlines and the case for progress is still strong Dr. Pangloss’ essay  presents many compelling aperçus : On Human Nature as Determined … Continue reading

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On the question: does political propinquity exist between Andrew Sullivan & Bret Stephens? Political Observer comments

Mr. Sullivan’s Anti-Trump hysteria seems to reach many denouements, here is part of his December 20, 2019 essay: Headline: What We Know About Trump Going Into 2020 … The two core lessons of the past few years are therefore: (1) … Continue reading

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@The Economist. Old Socialist comments on ‘The new anger’.

The new anger Headline: 2019 in review: protest and populism in Latin America Sub-headline: Scandals, autocracy and anger at inequality stir unrest across the continent https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2019/12/25/2019-in-review-protest-and-populism-in-latin-america?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/2019inreviewprotestandpopulisminlatinamericathenewanger Under the rubric of ‘The new anger’ needs further explication provided by the headline … Continue reading

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gideon.rachman@ft.com on the year of street protests. Political Observer comments

Headline: 2019: the year of street protest Sub-headline: Mass demonstrations around the globe show no sign of fizzling out Call this an Opinion Writer’s jejune pastiche of History, that comes to this lackluster conclusion: Above all, as the last 12 months … Continue reading

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@NYT New Cold Warriors have a Hanukkah/Christmas present for you! Old Socialist describes that ‘gift’

The New Cold Warriors @NYT can’t help themselves! With the ‘Impeachment’ on hold, under the direction of Schiff/Nadler , the best political duo since the Ev and Charley Show, and ‘I haven’t got the votes in the Senate’ Pelosi-I’m sorry … Continue reading

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Niall Ferguson’s Christmas present for you: Myra Breckenridge warns the reader!

Before you gather the family around the T.V. to watch ‘Its a Wonderful Life’ with your mugs of Cocoa and that Tree all lit up, Ozzie and Harriet style: (Don’t pretend you don’t know who they are!) be sure to … Continue reading

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On Jeffery Goldberg’s Self-serving Historical Kitsch. Queer Atheist comments

Headline:Israeli Jews are ‘equivalent of Seminoles deciding to take over Florida’ and Palestinians are the cowboys — Jeffrey Goldberg reemerges While I was reading portions of Goldberg’s comments I was reminded of the column’s of David Brooks , in which … Continue reading

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