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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

Adam Tooze, with help from Hegel & Intellectual Poser Francis Fukuyama, produces a Political/Philosophical History in Aspic, with Putin as his Anti-Hero

Political Cynic scoffs! The reader, before she attempts to read Mr. Tooze’s 3,415 word essay, might profit from reading Molly Fischer’s essay at New York Magazine. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/adam-tooze-profile.html Ms. Fischer’s essay at 5,224 words wallows in Fan Magazine gush, that informs the … Continue reading

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Sanctions and the fate of Globalism/Neo-Liberalism.

Political Observer’s sketch. Its as if the concepts/practices/institutionalized twins of Globalism/Neo-Liberalism, will now be partially dismantled, in the name of Anti-Russian Hysteria: favored @TheEconmist, @FT, @bopinion , @NYT, & other Corporate apologists like @gideonrachman, @martinwolf_ ? The very fate of … Continue reading

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The tireless self-promoter Mr. Fukuyama! A comment by Political Observer.

Mr. Fukuyama was never a ‘Conservative’, as announced in the link to this interview, but a Staussian i.e. a Neo-Conservative, and a maladroit plagiarist of Hegel. He , in his 2013 essay ‘The Decline of American Political Institutions’ attacks the … Continue reading

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Myra Breckenridge on ‘The Oscars’.

Are ‘The Oscars’ just an antique, signifying the utter irrelevance of ‘Hollywood’? And its parade of aging actors, and their Leading Ladies, who all look like bad advertisements for Restylane and Botox ? Are Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, in that tired exhumation … Continue reading

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The Economist offers a ‘diagnosis of Putin’, relying on selective quotations from seven books.

Political Observer comments. Understanding Russia’s president: Headline: Writers have grappled with Vladimir Putin for two decades Sub-headline: Greyness, greed and grievance have been the dominant themes https://www.economist.com/culture/writers-have-grappled-with-vladimir-putin-for-two-decades/21808311  First considered, under the rubric of ‘Culture’, as the largest frame for this Ant-Putin polemic! … Continue reading

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The New York Times as propagandist for The American National Security State: Ukraine!

Political Reporter comments. The Front page of March 20, 2022 proves that @NYT is part of The American National Security Propaganda apparatus. The Barbarism Of Putin’s War on Ukraine, as reported in the New York Times. Here is ‘its’ self-apologetic … Continue reading

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Johnathan Miller on his ‘Jewishness’.

Political Observer comments. Here is Jonathan Miller, interviewed by Dick Cavett , articulating a moral/political/personal opinion on his ‘Jewishness’, that might just cause The Bespoke Suited Victimologists like @Freedland, @Baddiel, @AnthonyJulius6 to screeching polemics! The Problem is that all of these writers, … Continue reading

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Current reading: March 19, 2022.

StephenKMackSD 2nd Edition Pierre Bourdieu By Richard Jenkins: ‘The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848–1914’ by J. W. Burrow: StephenKMackSD

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‘Law and Order’, Eric Adams and the political/civic necessity of Citizen surveillance of Police.

Political Dissident comments. Headline: Eric Adams: Filming NYPD at Unsafe Range ‘Won’t Be Tolerated’ https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/03/eric-adams-filming-nypd-at-close-range-wont-be-tolerated.html Eric Adams doesn’t define ‘unsafe range’, because in the police mentality, consonant with authoritarianism, hasn’t quite considered that his pronouncement will determined in a Court of … Continue reading

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Tom Wolf just won’t go away. Julia Friedman and David Hawkes’ exhumation.

Political Observer comments. I found this essay on 3 Quarks Daily: ‘Against De-Materialization: Tom Wolfe in the Age of *NFTs’ at Quillette and was scanning it and encountered this brief synopsis of ‘Bonfire’ The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) concentrates on the convergence … Continue reading

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