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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

The self-congratulatory arrogance of @EdwardGLuce is never a surprise! Old Socialist comments.

Headline: America’s growing fixation on race Sub-headline: Conservatives and liberals increasingly view the world through the lens of group identity https://www.ft.com/content/0f5845e7-2e10-4f22-916f-c1c970131d34 The reader has to wonder about how long Mr. Luce has been ‘the US national editor and columnist at … Continue reading

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Philosophical Apprentice confronts the question of ‘ensoulment’ .

Reading Judith Wolfe’s essay, in the TLS March 19,2021, titled ‘Soul-searching; A philosophical attempt to make sense of the self’ Professor Wolfe begins her essay with a paraphrase of Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold: ‘hearing the long, withdrawing roar of … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh on the Biden’s ‘bolder stratagem of unavailability’. Political Cynic comments.

The ‘radically unavailable president’ of the headline writers, Mr. Ganesh celebrates in the more sedate ‘the bolder stratagem of unavailability‘. Biden apologetics, in his telling looks away from the Blinken faux pas with the Chinese, meant to demonstrate ‘toughness’ ? Blinken … Continue reading

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The unexpected Pikettyism of Edward Luce? Old Socialist …

The reader just has to wonder at Mr. Luce’s tincture of Pikettyism! Not the real article but a clever pastiche? For a devotee of Neo-Liberalism to ‘think’ in a counterintuitive key? The questions ramify! Two paragraphs stand out:  This was … Continue reading

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The Argentine Political Melodrama, episode DCCXXIII : The Financial Times, and its reporter Benedict Mander, declare the dominance of de Kirchner! Skeptical Reporter comments.

The headline and sub-headline only hint that The Financial Times and its reporter Benedict Mander ‘report’ on ‘midterm elections after VIP vaccines scandal’ , yet the opening paragraph features Alberto Fernández ‘speeding away to safety from stone-throwing protesters during a … Continue reading

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@mcgregorrichard enunciates the Lowry Institute hard line, on China, in the Financial Times. Political Cynic comments.

Anti-Chinese propaganda has become ubiquitous in the Corporate Media: Headline; Australia can teach the UK a lesson in Chinese wrath Sub-headline: London may have to learn the hard way that it cannot have its cake and eat it with Beijing … Continue reading

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Edward Luce’s faint praise of Joe Biden. American Writer comments.

Headline: Joe Biden’s quietly revolutionary first 100 days Sub-headline: US president’s opening spell has been the most productive and ego-free in recent memory The headline writers looked to Mr. Luce’s ‘opening spell’ comedy, for the sub-headline. Nothing said by Luce … Continue reading

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Facebook augments reality, in the pages of The Financial Times. Political Reporter comments.

Does the present ‘Brave New World’, in the hands of Ugly Duckling Zuckerberg, and the Larry Summer’s trained ‘Lean In’ guru Sandberg make the reader a bit uneasy, or an even more extreme emotion? ‘The Tradition of The New’ described more … Continue reading

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The Gavin Newsome recall as ‘reported’ in Politico. Political Observer comments.

From the same people that brought ‘you’ George Deukmejian , Pete Wilson of Prop 187 infamy, ‘Hollywood Republicans’ who advanced the political career of another washed-up ‘actor’ Arnold. Newsom, a NeoLiberal and of Old Money with the wrong pedigree! Howard … Continue reading

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The ‘Politically Woke’ Janan Ganesh? Political Observer comments.

The opening paragraph of Mr. Ganesh’s latest essay is suffused with humility, of a very special kind , only realized in hindsight. This followed by his announcing that his eyes have been opened by his realization, and in this political … Continue reading

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