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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

Edward Luce ‘diagnoses’ the political failure of the New Democrats !

Political Cynic comments. The first two paragraphs of Mr. Luce essay read like the political analysis provided by David Brooks, at The New York Times, with, of course, that Oxbridger undergraduate attempt at humor, stepped in disdain. Brooks describes a … Continue reading

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David Cameron’s perennial bad judgement, as reported in The Financial Times.

Political Observer comments. The reader should note, that the comments section, for this essay by Daniel Thomas and Jim Pickard has been , in Financial Times Speak, ‘Comments have not been enabled for this article.’ ! Headline: David Cameron quits as adviser … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh offers council to the Republicans & The Reader can share in this opportunity!

Political Reporter comments. In the Ganesh Political World, a thick slice from the remains of Miss Havisham’s wedding cake, is never out of place! No matter how unappetizing! The bay views, the pastel homes, the human suffering: no city does less … Continue reading

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Edward Luce on ‘The battle for the minds of American children’ !

Political Radical comments. In his 810 word essay Mr. Luce identifies “critical race theory” that acts as the in-order-too, of diminishing the importance of this confrontation, with a pervasive and institutionalized practice, by placing it in lower case letters. Race has shaped a belief … Continue reading

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The Fernández/de Kirchner alliance faces a defeat at the polls, as reported in The Financial Times!

Political Observer offers some thoughts. Is there any ‘good news’ coming from Argentina? Headline: Argentina: Peso in Free Fall as Thousands Mobilize Against Macri and the IMF Sub-headline: In the past few hours, the Argentine peso has been devalued from 35 pesos … Continue reading

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Joe Moran reviews Stuart Jeffries ‘Everything, All the Time, Everywhere: How we became postmodern’ in the TLS of October 29,2021

Philosophical Apprentice comments. My TLS print edition, is always a week behind, the edition that is posted online. I read this review last night, before turning out the light, but this breathtaking paragraph I had to mark, because it was … Continue reading

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Kyrsten Sinema, as ‘Fashion Trailblazer’ celebrated by Lauren Indvik !

Political Reporter… Kyrsten Sinema is recycling Madonna’s old wardrobe, on a the body of a dumpy middle aged women!  Sounds like misogyny, or just  an attempt an candor?  How many male or female Senators appear riffing on the stylistic themes … Continue reading

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Edward Luce’s toxic political romance with Henry Kissinger.

Political Reporter comments. What regular readers of Mr. Luce can forget his interview with ‘The Great Man’? Headline: Henry Kissinger: ‘We are in a very, very grave period’ Sub-headline: The grand consigliere of American diplomacy talks about Putin, the new world … Continue reading

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gideon.rachman@ft.com predicts doom for ‘The West’!

Political Cynic … Its not ‘The West’ that is under threat! It is the American Empire and its murderous incompetence, which is not collapsing, but is crumbling from the inside: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hold the fate of The … Continue reading

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The London Times can’t let go of Jeremy Corbyn, and the myth of ‘Labour Anti-Semitism’.

Political Radical explores the political fixation. Who can forget this ‘review’ published Sunday February 24 2019 in the venerable Times? Headline: Review: Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power by Tom Bower — portrait of a monomaniac Sub-headline: If Jeremy Corbyn became … Continue reading

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