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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.'

Raghuram Rajan ‘reviews’ Thomas Piketty’s new book, ‘Capital and Ideology’ in The Financial Times. Old Socialist comments

Who better than Raghuram Rajan, formerly of the  Reserve Bank of India, and The University of Chicago Booth School to ‘review’ Piketty’s latest book.  Rajan a contemporary iteration of a ‘Chicago Boy’? The record of Chicago Boys and Bankers is/are … Continue reading

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Niall Ferguson & Edward Luce on Michael Bloomberg. Old Socialist comments

Compare Mr. Luce’s ‘political wisdom’, or should it be properly named a collection of reportorial, rhetorical cliches, a product of lazy thinking, that could have been written in haste? to that of Niall Ferguson’s essay of Sunday 23, 2020: reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment on Trump’s ‘practicality’ vs. Democratic ‘Idealism’ and other pressing questions. Political Observer comments

Mr. Ganesh goes where others might fear to tread! The re-negotiated NAFTA agreement is 1800 pages long. What can the reader reasonably expect from any Chinese Trade Agreement? Instead of presenting empirical evidence, Mr. Ganesh opines on the ‘political metaphysics’ … Continue reading

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Edward Luce’s ‘Bill of Attainder’ against Bernie Sanders. Old Socialist comments

Joe McGinniss wrote a best selling book on the Richard Nixon campaign, published in 1969. ‘The Selling of the President, 1968’.  In the ‘Age of Bloomberg’ an enterprising journalist should write a book about the 2020 Election, and its Plutocratic … Continue reading

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Stephen Budiansky and the toxic myth of the virtue of Oliver Wendell Holmes. American Writer comments

I saw a copy of this latest biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Stephen Budiansky, today, at my local library. I searched, out of curiosity, for the Buck vs. Bell case. This being a valid test of an actual biography … Continue reading

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I still think that Mr. Ganesh’s novel is still a work in progress! But to earn a living he writes in the most hybrid of forms: the feuilleton blended with political commentary, I think that these two rhetorical practices are … Continue reading

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@FT Courtney Weaver & Lauren Fedor on the Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire. Political Observer comments

The headline below and its ‘reporting’: Headline: Sanders secures narrow victory in New Hampshire primary Added to this headline and sub-headline: Bernie Sanders’ early strength worries Democratic leaders Prospect of nomination of most anti-establishment presidential candidate since 1972 reading

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