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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 Financial Times and Elisabeth Braw on the necessity of an alliance between Business & National Security States. Political Observer comments

Headline:Business must prepare for aggression by states Sub-headline: Companies should consider participating in military exercises A hireling from  RUSI (https://rusi.org/) Elisabeth Braw advocates what is ,in sum, Fascism: the vital connection between National Security States and their suppliers of weapons of … Continue reading

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Andy Divine drowns in a sea of definite/indefinite pronouns, in the first part of his latest polemic. Political Observer looses patience!

In Andy Divine’s latest essay he puts rhetorical distance between himself as political scribbler, and these political actors: *some, others, many, we, ours, they, one.  Andy’s political desperation expresses itself in the second part of his essay by resorting to … Continue reading

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The Financial Times celebrates the Labour Party’s loss of 45,000 members in 2018. Old Socialist comments

‘He has faced continued questions over his handling of anti-Semitism complaints within the party.’ The Great Lie of Corbyn’s mythical antisemitism, has been the hysterical accusation made by the New Labour faction, since Mr. Freedland’s Guardian column . With the … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on ‘the pessimism of white nationalism’ . Political Observer comments

In one sentence Mr. Ganesh sums up his utter ignorance of ‘Race’ in America! A feeling of racial dispossession animated at least the fringes of the Tea Party movement a decade ago. The existence of slavery, named The Peculiar Institution … Continue reading

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From the Versailles Dining Room of The Hoover Institution, episode MDXLVII: Posh Boy Niall Ferguson shames fellow Posh Boys, dubbed ‘Ivy League types’. Old Socialist comments

Given his impressive CV, as a Doctor of Philosophy and other impressive academic accomplishes, Mr. Ferguson has, what can only be described, as dubious political standards: Academic career[edit] In 1989, Ferguson worked as a research fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge. From … Continue reading

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My reply @Paul A. Myers

@Paul A. Myers Thank you for your well presented,  not to speak of  politically sophisticated arguments. In reply I would offer this: The collapse of the Neo-Liberal swindle in 2008 and its issue ‘The Gig Economy’ made Trump, or someone … Continue reading

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ed.luce@ft.com on the Democrat’s ‘abandonment’ of Obama. Political Observer comments on Luce’s clumsy Melodrama

The salient fact that Neo-Liberal Obama has been discarded by the New Democrats, seeking to unseat Trump, is hardly a surprise, except for the prisoners of Corporate Journalism: political scribblers still in thrall to Obama’s almost political ‘charisma’. Obama’s tenure … Continue reading

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