Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Gavin Newsome recall as ‘reported’ in Politico. Political Observer comments.

From the same people that brought ‘you’ George Deukmejian , Pete Wilson of Prop 187 infamy, ‘Hollywood Republicans’ who advanced the political career of another washed-up ‘actor’ Arnold. Newsom, a NeoLiberal and of Old Money with the wrong pedigree! Howard … Continue reading

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The ‘Politically Woke’ Janan Ganesh? Political Observer comments.

The opening paragraph of Mr. Ganesh’s latest essay is suffused with humility, of a very special kind , only realized in hindsight. This followed by his announcing that his eyes have been opened by his realization, and in this political … Continue reading

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In praise of Gene Sperling, in The Financial Times. Old Socialist comments.

Never fear the Technocrats praised, in fact enshrined, by Walter Lippmann are now in control of the whole of politics, as practiced around the world. For reference see the opening page of Karen Horn’s review of ‘The Walter Lippmann Colloquium: … Continue reading

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Robert Irwin fights his last battle with Edward Said? American Writer comments

Robert Irwin ‘reviews’ Timothy Brennan’s book ‘Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said’ Title :Flawed secular saint Subtitle: The errors of Edward Said Timothy Brennan evidently knew Edward Said very well and has conducted numerous interviews with others who … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on Freedom House’s ‘Democracy Under Siege’ . Old Socialist comments

How did this explanation of its funders, posted at Freedom House’s website, escape the attention of Mr. Ganesh? Freedom House currently has fourteen offices and conducts programs in over thirty countries in all regions of the world. Primary funding for … Continue reading

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Michael Stott ‘reporter’ for The Financial Times & employee of Institute of The Americas opines on Lula. Old Socialist comments.

The Financial Times begins its Anti-Lula Campaign with this collection of the comments of ‘Free Marketeers’ , for want of a better term. What might the reader think of Mr. Stott’s membership in the ‘Institute of The Americas’ ? This … Continue reading

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Weekend reading for March 6 & 7 of 2021. Some thoughts from Old Socialist

Looking for something else, I saw this essay by Perry Anderson: ‘High Jinks at the Plaza’ a review of three books. The British Constitution Now by Ferdinand Mount.Heinemann, 289 pp., £18.50, April 1992, 0 434 47994 2Constitutional Reform by Robert Brazier.Oxford, 172 pp., £22.50, September 1991, 0 19 876257 7Anatomy of Thatcherism by Shirley … Continue reading

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Catching up with @RColvile: his January 10, 2021 essay on the NHS. Old Socialist comments, after the fact!

His column takes the reader from Mr. Colvile, as reporter on the state of the NHS five years ago:  ‘When we talk about the NHS collapsing, we think of people being left to die in their homes. But the truth … Continue reading

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@davidshor New Democratic Technocrat/Apparatchik Old Socialist comments.

I printed out this July 2020 interview, conducted by Eric Levitz, of Mr. Shor. Almost a full twenty pages long.  Mr. Levitz excels at soft-ball questions, inquiries. Perhaps in deference to Mr. Shor’s wunderkind status? ‘College Marxist’ is a demonstration … Continue reading

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victor.mallet@ft.com reports on the preliminary skirmishes, of the approaching 2021 election, in Macronistan. Political Cynic and friend comment.

As always ‘The Rebellion Against the Neo-Liberal Elites’ that takes place regularly, in France, remains unreported, in this newspaper! Its ‘old news’. What takes the place of actual, but inconvenient news, is the ‘Culture War’ French Style: It devours everything … Continue reading

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