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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

Jordan Peterson & Ben Shapiro on ‘Why Men and Women are Different’. Queer Atheist comments…

If ‘Social Science’ is ‘sovereign’ then ‘The Bell Curve’ partakes of that sovereignty? When one of its underpinnings is ‘Mankind Quarterly’? The Tainted Sources of ‘The Bell Curve’ … What sort of “stuff” could Murray mean? Surely the most curious … Continue reading

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Thatcherite @RColvile in a ‘comic mood’? Political Reporter comments.

Reading Mr. Colvile’s most recent essay, on the G7, conjured, in my political imagination, Mr. Puff from the Sheridan play, comic silliness, as cover for a self-serving manipulative cynicism. The reader might wonder at an utterly humorless Thatcherite resorting to … Continue reading

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@gilliantett frames her latest essay via Soft-Core Authoritarian Cass Sunstein. Political Skeptic comments.

Headline: The US needs a little nudge theory to boost its jab campaign Sub-headline: Biden’s administration wants not medical, management or data science, but social science instead Cass Sunstein, a leading behavioural scientist who helped to popularise the concept of … Continue reading

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gideon.rachman@ft.com on ‘the west’s last chance to lead’. Political Skeptic comments.

Some selective quotation from Mr. Rachman’s essay, with my comments. This paragraph makes clear that The New Cold War is the business of America. Lets include in The Enemies List Iran, North Korea, not forgetting Political Islam in all its iterations/permutations. … Continue reading

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My reply to Katrina vanden Heuvel: June 7, 2021. StephenKMackSD comments

How long do ‘we’ console ‘ourselves’ with some portion of the toxic Kennedy Myth? His opposition to Vietnam War was always one critical comment, followed by an ignominious retreat, in the guise of ‘clarification’! Mort Sahl had a great routine, … Continue reading

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Edward Luce has access to Joe Biden’s inner-self. Political Skeptic…

The reader just has to read this first sentence of Luce’s latest Biden apologetic, as not just comic, but resembling a Jerry Lewis comedy, post Dean, tinctured in The Marx Bros. ? Another choice might be a Corporate Political Melodrama, that … Continue reading

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Wolfgang Schäuble on ‘a return to fiscal discipline’. Political Observer is mildly amused!

Title this: Larry Summers finds an ally in Wolfgang Schäuble? … A promising approach for Brussels to take would be a eurozone debt redemption pact, similar to the sinking funds devised by Robert Walpole and Alexander Hamilton. As the first Treasury … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on American ”Governability’. Political Observer comments.

Like most Americans of certain generations ‘we’ received our inoculations in Public Schools. In a time when Public Health was a prime consideration. That in a time that sees ‘our’ infant mortality rate, that now ranks 33 out of 36 … Continue reading

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Thomas L. Friedman, a ‘New York Times Public Intellectual’ in a hysterical mood! Old Socialist jeers!

Headline: How the Mideast Conflict Is Blowing Up the Region, the Democratic Party and Every Synagogue in America Here are the first two paragraphs, of Mr. Friedman’s hysterically framed comment, on the Zionist Faschist State’s blitzkrieg against the Palestinians: Lord … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on Biden’s untenable duel radicalism’s. Old Socialist comments.

The first two paragraphs of Mr. Ganesh’s exercise in History Made to Measure utterly disappoints: where are those arresting aperçus, that at times make his essays resonate with an intensity, that directs the readers attention away from its political content. … Continue reading

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