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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

Thomas Friedman is befuddled about what is happening in The Zionist Faschist State!

Political Observer confronts just a portion of its 4,037 words. Dec 19, 2022 Headline: What in the World Is Happening in Israel? Dec. 15, 2022 The first paragraphs, of this highly garnished, and nearly hand-wringing travelogue, betrays Friedman’s state of … Continue reading

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Technocrats review the work of other Technocrats: Adam Tooze on Jed Esty’s ‘The Future of Decline: Anglo-American Culture at its Limits’: Beware the thinker/writer with a theory, or a grudge!

Philosophical Apprentice ask the question : Wasn’t ‘Theory’ once the province of the Post-Modernists? who were purged for political/argumentative incoherence: Derrida? December 20, 2022 Beware of the Technocrat with a Theory: ‘The Closing of The American Mind’ by Allan Bloom, ‘The Clash of … Continue reading

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Neo-Conservative Bret Stephens frames his year end encyclical with War Time Winston Churchill’s quotation.

December 22, 2022 The Leadership of Churchill during WWII is not anything like the year end chatter of a Neo-Con scribbler. Two books in Churchill offers clues as to who this man was, not as a self serving political prop: … Continue reading

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@nytdavidbrooks celebrates the Martial Spirit, via Neo-Nazi front man Zelensky. Or the repurposing of Fourth of July picnic rhetoric!

Political Cynic comments. Some selections from Mr. Brooks long apologetic for the Nazi Front Man Zelensky, in an almost breathless, or better yet a wan pastiche of historical style: The cameras mostly focused on Volodymyr Zelensky during his address to … Continue reading

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@TheEconomist,’The West’, Economic Growth, Jane Austen, Barbara Cartland & ‘A serious, slow-burning malaise’.

Political Cynic wonders… Finance & economics | First-world problems Headline :How the West fell out of love with economic growth Sub-headline : A serious, slow-burning malaise https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2022/12/11/how-the-west-fell-out-of-love-with-economic-growth This Reader has to wonder, first, at the headline, that reads as if not … Continue reading

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Adam Tooze, with help from Hegel & Intellectual Poser Francis Fukuyama, produces a Political/Philosophical History in Aspic, with Putin as his Anti-Hero

Political Cynic scoffs! The reader, before she attempts to read Mr. Tooze’s 3,415 word essay, might profit from reading Molly Fischer’s essay at New York Magazine. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/adam-tooze-profile.html Ms. Fischer’s essay at 5,224 words wallows in Fan Magazine gush, that informs the … Continue reading

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Sanctions and the fate of Globalism/Neo-Liberalism.

Political Observer’s sketch. Its as if the concepts/practices/institutionalized twins of Globalism/Neo-Liberalism, will now be partially dismantled, in the name of Anti-Russian Hysteria: favored @TheEconmist, @FT, @bopinion , @NYT, & other Corporate apologists like @gideonrachman, @martinwolf_ ? The very fate of … Continue reading

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The tireless self-promoter Mr. Fukuyama! A comment by Political Observer.

Mr. Fukuyama was never a ‘Conservative’, as announced in the link to this interview, but a Staussian i.e. a Neo-Conservative, and a maladroit plagiarist of Hegel. He , in his 2013 essay ‘The Decline of American Political Institutions’ attacks the … Continue reading

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Myra Breckenridge on ‘The Oscars’.

Are ‘The Oscars’ just an antique, signifying the utter irrelevance of ‘Hollywood’? And its parade of aging actors, and their Leading Ladies, who all look like bad advertisements for Restylane and Botox ? Are Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, in that tired exhumation … Continue reading

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