Monthly Archives: November 2020

@TheEconomist (‘The father of Iran’s nuclear programme is assassinated’)

‘You’ quote two members, in good standing, of The American National Security State. Brennan is a notorious liar, not speak of a maladroit practitioner of subterfuge: he is an incompetent liar and propagandist! The significance of the latest killing is … Continue reading

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@FT Katrina Manson on the return of ‘American Exceptionalism’. Old Socialist comments

Katrina Manson opens her essay with Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She is part of  ‘A global team of respected professionals’ at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, D.C. https://www.albrightstonebridge.com/ Mr. Biden can respect a fellow self-promoter! Joe Biden & Son is a Corporation with a … Continue reading

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Robert Colvile & Rishi Sunak: The Sunday Times vs. The Financial Times? Political Cynic comments

Should the reader look to Robert Colvile’s essay in The Sunday Times of November 22, 2020, for his answer to the conundrums enunciated by Mr. Sunak, and reported upon here at The Financial Times ? The headline gives the game away: … Continue reading

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Bagehot: In search of a modern Machiavelli. Political Observer comments

Bagehot ( Adrian Wooldridge) in his November 21, 2020 essay at The Economist: Headline : In search of a modern Machiavell Sub-headline: The ideal political adviser is hard to find After some preliminary commentary on Johnson’s advisers, their costs and … Continue reading

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On Robert Colvile’s prescription for the debt being piled up by Boris Johnson! Old Socialist comments

Reading Robert Colvile Sunday Times essay titled ‘In case no one has told you yet, debt’s piling up and there’s only one way out — growth’ of November 22, 2020 demonstrates the Thaterism isn’t quite dead yet. As Mr. Colvile … Continue reading

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Old Socialist scoffs at Zanny Minton Beddoes’ collection of self-serving political cliches, in almost praise of a Joe Biden presidency.

Should any reader be surprised that Beddoes is an Oxbridger? It’s an Economist Tradition. Note this from the Economist: Ms. Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she … Continue reading

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Thomas B. Edsall diagnoses the trouble with The New Democrats, in The New York Times of November 18, 2020 . Old Socialist comments

Mr. Edsall’s opening sentence: ‘The Democratic Party is struggling with internal contradictions, as its mixed performance on Election Day makes clear.’ It doesn’t dawn on this writer, that the ‘internal contradictions’ facing the Democrats is about a conflict between the New Democrats, … Continue reading

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Excerpt from New Historian Benny Morris’ Ha’aretz interview, via CounterPunch

“Remember another thing: the Arab people gained a large slice of the planet. Not thanks to its skills or its great virtues, but because it conquered and murdered and forced those it conquered to convert during many generations. But in … Continue reading

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Apologies to my readers, to @sullydish and Peter Van Buren. StephenKMackSD

I have removed my essay of March 3, 2018 because of my own inexcusable lack of attention, to the responsibilities, that being a writer means. The title was: ‘Peter Van Buren vs Andrew Sullivan on ‘Russiagate’ and its ersatz hero … Continue reading

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Old Socialist on Two Views of Joe Biden.

As an publication that takes its name from The Dismal Science, adopted by The Economist, to represent a semblance of bourgeois political respectability. While engaging in a politics representing itself as the height of British rationality and probity. The publication … Continue reading

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