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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

David Frum on Trump’s ‘Tidal Wave of Deceit’. Political Reporter shares his thoughts and perplexity.

Mr. Frum, in this political instance, has discarded, for the moment, his pose as Wise Republican Elder, to embrace the garb of the Conspiracy Theorist, embraced by such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, her New Democratic allies, the Corporate News Media … Continue reading

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Gideon Rachman adopts the provisional role of ‘Western Geopolitical Strategist’. American Writer comments

A collection of Mr. Rachman’s geo-political speculations are instructive: In different ways China, the US and the EU have all treated Covid-19 as a very public test of their rival approaches to governance — and as part of an international … Continue reading

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Will ‘Joe Biden & Son’ survive their own… Almost Marx comments

A ‘news story’ so damaging to Joe Biden, that Twitter censored the New York Post’s tweets, of their actual news story. Jack Dorsey’s minions vainly tried to ‘kill’ this! Glenn Greenwald offers the sordid details of the censorship, and the … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on American Resilience. Almost Marx comments

The opening paragraph of Mr. Ganesh’s latest essay relies on two instances of potted history of 1979, with the appropriate links to a report in the Financial Times on The Hostage Crisis and a 2011 John Dickerson commentary on Carter’s … Continue reading

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Oren Cass takes on ‘Big Ed’ in The Financial Times. Old Leftist comments

  The Financial Times offers its readership an early roasted Christmas goose, in the person of Oren Cass- let me offer a suggestion as to where that Yuletide sprig of holly might be placed! Mr. Cass inauspicious opening paragraphs gives … Continue reading

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Martin Wolf on the ‘Pluto-populists’ threat. Almost Marx comments

I read and commented upon Mr. Garton Ash’s seemingly interminable essay here: https://wp.me/p14oRe-hxv This section of Mr. Wolf’s essay is instructive : Demagogic authoritarian capitalism is a hybrid. As in the Chinese system of bureaucratic authoritarian capitalism, the ruler is … Continue reading

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My comment on ‘Space — architecture’s final frontier’

Edwin Heathcote a new and welcome voice on the civic nature of Architecture- and in The Financial Times! Or, perhaps I’ve not paid attention to his other essays? It  reminds me of Aline Saarinen, on the Today Show, on NBC, in … Continue reading

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Gideon Rachman on G John Ikenberry’s ‘A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crisis of Global Order’ : Old Socialist comments

Headline: A World Safe for Democracy by G John Ikenberry — free thinking Sub-headline: This thoughtful and profound defence of liberal internationalism looks at the political philosophy as a guide to future actions Is Mr. Rachman’s enthusiasm for one of … Continue reading

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It’s hard to be patient with Timothy Garton-Ash. Old Socialist makes his way through his ‘The future of liberalism’

The first two paragraphs on Mr. Garton-Ash’s essay are … Writers have interpreted the failings of liberalism in different ways; the point, however, is to change it. Self-criticism is a liberal strength. The very fact that there are already so … Continue reading

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Thomas B. Edsall diagnoses ‘declining social status’ as the pressing American Problem. Political Skeptic contemplates the question.

Mr. Edsall writes a nearly 3,ooo word essay, that finds ‘declining social status’ as ‘the’ explanation for the present political crisis. Exacerbated by the ‘Populists’ of both the ‘Radical Right’ and ‘Left’: the ‘as if ‘ here is that somehow … Continue reading

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