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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

New Cold War Pyrotechnics, at The Financial Times of January 18, 2021. American Skeptic comments.

The Financial Times on the jailing of Alexei Navalny: Headline: Russia jails opposition activist Alexei Navalny for 30 days Sub-headline: Two EU countries call for bloc to impose sanctions if Putin critic is not released Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny … Continue reading

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Niall Ferguson, on the events of January 6, 2021. Publius comments.

Niall Ferguson in his search for historical analogies to the events of January 6, 2021, and the political phenomenon of Trump and Trumpism leads to – his rambling essay is chock-a-block with these examples: Plague and political irrationalism are twin … Continue reading

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Michael Moritz battles extremism in the pages of The Financial Times. Political Reporter comments.

Why it unsurprising to read a Capitalist warning, in this newspaper, about the danger of the Right and Left Extremes, as the threats to the business of profit taking! The fact of the Shoah frames this polemic, it is meant … Continue reading

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@jonathanchait Charter School Shill.

Charters have increased the number of ‘extra days’ of instruction. That is all. The ‘values’ of ‘The Market’ has no place in Education ! This Charter School movement, has been corrupt from the beginning. 3 Billion lost to fraud. Charters … Continue reading

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American Political Hysteria, post January 6,2021: Bret Stephens, Andrew Sullivan, Rod Dreher. Political Cynic comments

Bret Stephens January 6, 2021   These paragraphs of Mr. Stephens’ essay of January 6, 2021 exemplify his Anti-Trump polemic. Neo-Conservatism shares an equal toxic politics, but achieved by a stealth attack on American Institutions , by political actors, that cultivate a … Continue reading

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Edward Luce ‘experiences’ the American Nightmare! Political Skeptic comments.

On January 03, 2021 Mr. Luce issued a stern warning about the Fed, and its toxic effects, the exacerbation ‘inequality’, a la Piketty? https://www.ft.com/content/bcb8d4d9-ca6d-45b7-aafc-9e9ecf672a5b Late yesterday Mr. Luce faced the grim reality of that ‘inequality’ , and its toxic effects, … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh on what Joe Biden will discover. Political Reporter comments.

How can the reader resist Mr. Ganesh’s adoration of the literary capon, and American Dandy, as conceived by Walt Disney, Tom Wolfe? I received a copy of ‘A Man in Full’ from a friend, who missed sending in her reply … Continue reading

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Edward Luce on the danger of the Fed, Jan 03, 2021. Almost Marx comments (Revised January 4, 2021)

‘Its the Fed stupid’ complete with a ‘Formula’, a la Piketty? Mr. Luce lives in the Financial Times bubble, in which the earthquake and devastation of the Crash of 2008 didn’t even register. His appointed task, being one of the … Continue reading

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David Frum on Trump’s ‘Tidal Wave of Deceit’. Political Reporter shares his thoughts and perplexity.

Mr. Frum, in this political instance, has discarded, for the moment, his pose as Wise Republican Elder, to embrace the garb of the Conspiracy Theorist, embraced by such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, her New Democratic allies, the Corporate News Media … Continue reading

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Gideon Rachman adopts the provisional role of ‘Western Geopolitical Strategist’. American Writer comments

A collection of Mr. Rachman’s geo-political speculations are instructive: In different ways China, the US and the EU have all treated Covid-19 as a very public test of their rival approaches to governance — and as part of an international … Continue reading

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