Monthly Archives: February 2020

Niall Ferguson & Edward Luce on Michael Bloomberg. Old Socialist comments

Compare Mr. Luce’s ‘political wisdom’, or should it be properly named a collection of reportorial, rhetorical cliches, a product of lazy thinking, that could have been written in haste? to that of Niall Ferguson’s essay of Sunday 23, 2020: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2020-02-23/comment/michael-bloomberg-leads-in-cash-but-trails-in-charisma-hvjd33zxmContinue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on Trump’s ‘practicality’ vs. Democratic ‘Idealism’ and other pressing questions. Political Observer comments

Mr. Ganesh goes where others might fear to tread! The re-negotiated NAFTA agreement is 1800 pages long. What can the reader reasonably expect from any Chinese Trade Agreement? Instead of presenting empirical evidence, Mr. Ganesh opines on the ‘political metaphysics’ … Continue reading

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Edward Luce’s ‘Bill of Attainder’ against Bernie Sanders. Old Socialist comments

Joe McGinniss wrote a best selling book on the Richard Nixon campaign, published in 1969. ‘The Selling of the President, 1968’.  In the ‘Age of Bloomberg’ an enterprising journalist should write a book about the 2020 Election, and its Plutocratic … Continue reading

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Stephen Budiansky and the toxic myth of the virtue of Oliver Wendell Holmes. American Writer comments

I saw a copy of this latest biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Stephen Budiansky, today, at my local library. I searched, out of curiosity, for the Buck vs. Bell case. This being a valid test of an actual biography … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com as Political Fabulist. Political Observer comments

I still think that Mr. Ganesh’s novel is still a work in progress! But to earn a living he writes in the most hybrid of forms: the feuilleton blended with political commentary, I think that these two rhetorical practices are … Continue reading

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@FT Courtney Weaver & Lauren Fedor on the Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire. Political Observer comments

The headline below and its ‘reporting’: Headline: Sanders secures narrow victory in New Hampshire primary https://www.ft.com/content/fe58cccc-4c4f-11ea-95a0-43d18ec715f5 Added to this headline and sub-headline: Bernie Sanders’ early strength worries Democratic leaders Prospect of nomination of most anti-establishment presidential candidate since 1972 https://www.ft.com/content/d38e6b52-4d24-11ea-95a0-43d18ec715f5Continue reading

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La République En Marche and Macron, in the pages of The Financial Times. Almost Marx comments

Headline:Problems for Macron as defecting MPs believe the party is over Sub-headline: French president’s La République en Marche is losing ground ahead of elections Unreported in the pages of this newspaper, The General Strike since its inception in December 2019, … Continue reading

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