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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

janan.ganesh@ft.com denatures the ‘War’ in Afghanistan. Political Dissident comments.

Headline: Afghanistan: the war that film forgot Sub-headline: The screen’s neglect of the conflict illustrates the modern incapacity for despair François Truffaut denied the very possibility of an antiwar film. Put telegenic actors in uniform and you are halfway to … Continue reading

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The TLS publishes Niall Ferguson’s essay on China: the subtitle tells the reader all she needs to know. ‘The risks China poses to global security’. Old Socialist comments.

Note that the first paragraph of Mr. Ferguson’s essay, is the standard ‘History Made To Measure’ of the Technocrat, when writing propaganda: It is usually clear when a war breaks out. Even if there is no formal declaration, the work … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com profound ignorance of American History. American Writer comments.

It used to be at least interesting to read Mr. Ganesh! His latest essay posits the ‘as if’ the Pandemic, and its effects on working people, at all levels of employment is a mystery, that Mr. Ganesh ‘solves’ with a sentence that … Continue reading

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‘Nixon Nostalgia’ via rana.foroohar@ft.com . Political Observer comments!

Headline: What Joe Biden can learn from Richard Nixon’s playbook Sub-headline: As it did 50 years ago, the US economy finds itself at a turning point https://www.ft.com/content/ca4a8ae1-7e0b-4abf-9b0b-78154b7e3391 While the ‘spell of Nixon Nostalgia’ lasts, the reader should consider this: Headline:  Edward … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com profound ignorance of American History. American Writer comments.

It used to be at least interesting to read Mr. Ganesh! His latest essay posits the ‘as if’ the Pandemic, and its effects on working people, at all levels of employment is a mystery, that Mr. Ganesh ‘solves’ with a … Continue reading

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@DouthatNYT & David Frum: Conservative Hysteria! Political Observer comments.

The ‘Conservative Hysteria’ about CRT has reached such a pitch Ross Douthat has, for the moment, stopped pitching his ‘The Decadent Society’ & minding the sexual/reproductive business of Women, to sounding the alarm about this ‘crisis’. The headline writers @NYT have titled his essay ‘The Excesses … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com: ‘Great-power politics suits America more than nation building’. Philosophical Apprentice comments.

When will the political romance with Joe Biden come to an end? The alliance between the Neo-Liberals, masquerading as New Democrats, and The Neo-Cons, is sure to suffer unbridgeable policy disputes. The Neo-Cons are by nature – their Founder Leo … Continue reading

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@RColvile on ‘control of our borders’. Old Socialist comments

Always be aware when reading @RColvile that he is a Thatcherite in the 21st Century: think of this as a manifestation of Political Fiction, akin to Science Fiction, or a variation on that once genre of ‘Futurism’? Or have I … Continue reading

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Andy Divine reads the ‘Soul’ of Joe Biden, while wishing for less of ‘his awkward adoption of woke mantras’. Queer Atheist comments.

The critical reader of Andy Divine’s latest essay, confronts his title and sub-title: Our Very Catholic President The strange miracle of Joe Biden The first question is how long will Andy be so smitten with Joe Biden? But the second … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’ war against the foreskin. Queer Atheist comments.

What can an ordinary person, of whatever age or other demographic indicators, or even race, think of Bill Gates’ operation to circumcise the whole of African males, as the in order too of AIDS prevention. Along with his allies: https://www.jpost.com/health-and-science/israelis-train-africans-to-circumcise-against-aidsContinue reading

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