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About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer.

5 views of Tom Wolfe: American Writer surveys the political/literary territory of the book review & obituary

The death of Mr. Wolfe has produced a great deal of praise for this literary capon in a white suit: a Dandy as imagined by Walt Disney: Here is an excerpt from Janan Ganesh’s obituary , at The Financial Times, … Continue reading

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Myra Breckenridge replies to one of the Tom Wolfe enthusiasts

‘Yet how else should he have been? Wolfe, whose death this week left our literary scene all the hollower, is known today for his novels.’ Once a Dandy, Disraeli wrote novels as a way of giving his politics life, speculations … Continue reading

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@FT vs. @Economist on Gaza Massacre. Political Observer comments

@FT offered  one small news report on the Gaza Massacre and then this editorial : Headline: Israel’s disproportionate response to the Gaza protests Sub-headline: Trump encourages Netanyahu to embrace maximalist positions This observation near the beginning of this ‘editorial’ almost … Continue reading

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@TimAlberta interviews AEI Radical Neo-Liberal, with a soft touch, @arthurbrooks. Political Observer comments ‏

The reader of this ‘exit interview’  with Mr. Brooks might look bit premature, at least to this cynic , as he is leaving in June 2019. May 13, 2018 must have been a slow news day, or I’ve missed the … Continue reading

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John Paul Rathbone on Macri’s ‘Gradualism’ . Old Socialist comments

Headline : Argentina’s fickle fortunes have turned sour once again Sub-headline : Despite President Macri’s efforts at reform, the country faces a new financial crisis Mr. Rathbone writes advocacy journalism, or should the reader call it propaganda? With help from … Continue reading

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Macri’s Sputtering Revolution as ‘reported’ by Robin Wigglesworth. Old Socialist comments

Robin Wigglesworth opens his essay by describing the board game Eternal Debt that gained popularity after 2001 in Argentina to describe its ‘tempestuous, on-off relationship with the IMF.’ The game underscores the tempestuous, on-off relationship Argentina has long had with … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: On Macri’s failed attempt at the Neo-Liberalization of Argentina. Political Observer comments

It was a stunning reversal for the 59-year-old former businessman who came to power in December 2015 vowing to make Argentina a “normal country”, after 12 years of leftist rule by Mr Kirchner and his wife Cristina Fernández. Not ‘normal … Continue reading

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