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About stephenkmacksd

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

Sam Leith on Harry’s speech.

‘Sam Leith is literary editor of The Spectator’ what better credential for this hatched-job on Harry ? Its shameless a-historicism, a monument to the publishers David and Frederick Barclay commitment to the Royals, as the subject of a necessary Feudal … Continue reading

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David Brooks & Rich Lowry as bearers of the tradition of political bad faith. Old Socialist comments

In a week in which Rich Lowry, editor of National Review opined on Bernie Sanders: Headline: Bernie Is Not Normal … Sanders does indeed have his charms. He’s sincere, consistent, and inarguably himself. He now has a step on frenemy … Continue reading

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Andy Divine on ‘The present is female. And the future will be as well’ . Political Observer scoffs!

I always imagine Andy Divine as Waldo Lydecker in his bath, typing his latest column, while being interviewed by detective Mark McPherson, in that Preminger Hollywood kitsch, Laura! Preminger never made another ‘film’ that matched its melodramatic excesses. Waldo as … Continue reading

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edward.luce@ft.com ‘Beware of Trump’. Political Observer comments

Headline: Beware Trump’s admiration for Putin, Xi and Erdogan Sub-headline: The US president has made little attempt to hide his respect for strongman leaders The fate of ‘The West’ was sealed with the ascendancy of Thatcher and Reagan, that gave … Continue reading

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Walter Russell Mead & ‘The Godfather’, and other Hollywood Kitsch, are the rhetorical frames for Niall Ferguson’s latest War Mongering. Old Socialist comments

Mr. Ferguson’s bellicosity is unslakable, and never a surprise. The Qassem Soleimani murder forces Ferguson to  resort to Walter Russel Mead’s Wall Street Journal celebration of ‘Jacksonian foreign policy’. And his ‘Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed … Continue reading

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Hisham Melhem on ‘Soleimani The Monster’! Political Dissident comments

This vulgar melodrama from Hisham Melhem, newspaperman and hireling of the The Arab Gulf States Institute, headed by the son of the CIA’s Frank G. Wisner and financed by nearly 4 Million budget. This has CIA Front Group written all … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com American Writer comments on Gore Vidal’s ‘distasteful views’.

Mr. Ganesh’s forgettable political chatter is rescued from the territory of the jejune by his attack on his literary/political better Gore Vidal . Not the ‘Sage of Amalfi’ but ‘The Patrician Rebel’ who was almost a big a snob as … Continue reading

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