@fromTGA on ‘one of those really dark days for liberty’, as seen from the Versailles Dining Room, of The Hoover Institution. Political Observer comments

As a once regular reader of Timothy Garton Ash, in the NYRB, e.g. ‘The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 as Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague’ and all his essays published in that once Left/Liberal tabloid, a vexing question occurs:  how did he devolve into another of the Hoover Institution Counter Enlightenment coterie? Like Neo-Imperialist Niall Ferguson, and the would be Straussian historical re-write man, Francis Fukuyama? 

For me, this is one of those really dark days for liberty, like the crushing of Hungary 1956, Prague 1968….

For a prominent Historian to willfully forget that Hong Kong was once a Crown Colony, of the all but disappeared British Empire, while referring to the crimes of the Soviet period, sets up a once dread rhetoric, on the Right, of the myth of victimhood. The fact is that Hong Kong is part of of China, and that the protesters are nativists in the pay of Jimmy Lai.   

Hong Kong’s ‘pro-democracy’ movement allies with far-right US politicians that seek to crush Black Lives Matter

These Greyzone essays report on, and expose, the political  reactionary/racist character of the ‘pro-democracy’ movement, and its financial backer Jimmy Lai. .  

Behind a made-for-TV Hong Kong protest narrative, Washington is backing nativism and mob violence

Political Observer 


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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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