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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

Emmanuel Macron dans ses propres mots. @L’économiste. Partagé par vieux socialiste

Macron s’annonce, déjà comme le leader de l’Europe! Où si Merkel? https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/11/07/emmanuel-macron-in-his-own-words-french L’économiste ultra réactionnaire agit “comme si” l’ascension de Macron à la direction de l’Union européenne est un “fait politique”! Macron récite tous les clichés, y compris celui de … Continue reading

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My reply to @tdal1moe in The Financial Times

@tdal1moe Thank you for your comment. One of the reasons I came to read The Financial Times is that Chomsky recommended its reporting as more reliable. Iv’e been a reader since around 2007 and I’m inclined not to agree with … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com ‘Democratic hopefuls are being held to an impossible standard’. Old Socialist comments

This is like reading David Brooks, in The New York Times before he became a Political Prophet, and Self-Help Guru to divorced over 40 males, in his utterly pretentious ‘The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life‘: the places, … Continue reading

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The Financial Times’ ‘Wealth Editor’ Stefan Wagstyl ,with the help of UBS, produces a defense of Billionaires! Old Socialist comments

The reader just might wonder at what exactly a ‘Wealth Editor’ is/does? Its obvious that part of the job is to construct apologetics for billionaires, as in  this essay. As UBS is the ‘source’ for this opinion piece, what will … Continue reading

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The Financial Times on the Bloomberg candidacy. Old Socialist comments

What reader can forget the Edward Luce’s  essay of Nov. 7, 2019 ? Headline: America’s religious war will test the limits of democracy Sub-headline: Liberal dogmatism risks alienating the ‘exhausted majority’ https://www.ft.com/content/0a4ac312-00f3-11ea-be59-e49b2a136b8d Will Mr. Luce’s doom and gloom be lifted … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com is suffering from Old Cold War nostalgia, as a meandering apologetic for The New Cold War? Old Socialist comments

Its unfortunate that Mr. Ganesh missed reading Matthew Goodwin’s essay of Sunday November 3, 2019 in which he quotes H.L. Mencken: … The American journalist and critic HL Mencken once remarked that “the whole aim of practical politics is to … Continue reading

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Gideon Rachman & Matthew Goodwin on the British Election, and the ‘Populist Menace’: A Thought Experiment . Old Socialist comments

Headline: The age of democratic deadlock Sub-headline: Around the world, radicalization is making coalition and consensus much harder The headline writers at the Financial Times and Mr. Rachman : ‘Welcome to the age of democratic deadlock’ The anti-system parties are … Continue reading

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