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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

The Battle between de Blasio & Cuomo as reported in The Financial Time. Political Observer comments

From the very font of Neo-Liberalism, The Financial Times, presents the dutifully alarmist report on the ongoing state of its collapse in New York City, that features a report on the quarrel between de Blasio and the bellicose New Democrat … Continue reading

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On Janan Ganesh’s God Talk: Queer Atheist comments

While the home of the American Empire is consumed in flames, Mr. Ganesh entertains his readers with ‘God Talk’. In that spirit let me offer these thoughts: Janan Ganesh celebrates Francis Collins by way of Christopher Hitchens ‘the heathen’s heathen’ … Continue reading

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America in flames, as reported in The Financial Times: Political Observer comments

Three paragraphs devoted to Joe Biden’s comments, ‘the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’ subject to his own attempt at self-rehabilitation, about the irredeemable character of the black habitual offender: the Predator of the white nightmare: The Crime Bill, the toxic remains … Continue reading

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Far-Right Infiltrators and Agitators in George Floyd Protests: Indicators of White Supremacists

Far-Right Infiltrators and Agitators in George Floyd Protests: Indicators of White Supremacists

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martin.wolf@ft.com on the China vs America toxic rivalry: Political Observer comments

This is about the only paragraph of Mr. Wolf’s essay that is not awash in Late Capitalist Utopianism:  ‘Yet that does not make this desirable. When we look at the awful mistakes of the past, we must be struck by … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh’s column of May 27, 2020 is rendered irrelevant by the March of Time & Events. Political Observer comments

Benjamin Disraeli wrote in praise of “Tory men and Whig measures”. Almost a century and a half since he was Britain’s premier, that mix remains the surest way to electoral glory, and not just there. It is, come to think … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on toxic ‘Period Dramas’ . American Writer comments

Both The Americans and The British love to wallow in the bathos of ‘high toned’ entertainments:  The Pallisers, Upstairs Downstairs, a bit of an anomaly, but still within the nostalgia parameters? And Downton Abbey. Wistful nostalgia for another age, refracted, … Continue reading

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