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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

Martin Wolf , Robert Kagan, David Frum, in A Financial Times Political Melodrama.

Philosophical Apprentice, on the political toxin of ‘History Made to Measure’. The reader has to recognize that Martin Wolf , by linking to Kagan and Frum’s essays, of the two of the most notorious Neo-Cons, signals the complete rehabilitation of these political … Continue reading

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More of the same: Edward Luce shaming Joe Biden, in The Financial Times. Old Socialist …

The ignominy of being compared to Jimmy Carter, and Mr. Luce self-serving myopia, regarding Reagan’s back door deal with the Iranians : topped off with an Oxbridger’s pastiche of a Psychoanalysis of President Biden, and Doom Saying. Maybe not Freud, … Continue reading

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The Biden/Harris New Cold Warriors offer an almost new Theatre of Conflict. Philosophical Apprentice …

After this stinging indictment, of the feckless Joe Biden, as presented by Mr. Luce:   Headline: Biden’s Afghanistan fiasco: ‘We look like a deer caught in headlights’ sub-headline: The chaotic scenes in Kabul are unlikely to derail his domestic agenda … Continue reading

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Joe Biden’s Show Trial: The prosecution team, Edward Luce, Ben Shapiro and Niall Ferguson! Political Observer comments.

Edward Luce addresses the reader : Headline: Biden’s Afghanistan fiasco: ‘We look like a deer caught in headlights’ Sub-headline: The chaotic scenes in Kabul are unlikely to derail his domestic agenda but undermine his promise to restore competence Not since … Continue reading

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Andy Divine’s sanctimony is his life-blood! Queer Atheist reads almost all, of his succinct 1750 words.

The first paragraph of his essay is cinematic in its sweep of images, and evocation of emotions: The bookends of our two-decade entanglement in Afghanistan are two men falling from the sky. The first, on September 11, 2001, happened in … Continue reading

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The War in Afghanistan is a catastrophic, murderous failure! Old Socialist …

While reading Katrina Manson essay I was thinking: where are the Neo-Cons who advocated and ‘sold’ the war in Afghanistan, to the American Public, as politically, morally necessary? Recall David Brooks’ ‘The Collapse of The Dream Palaces’ dreck?David Brooks of July 18 … Continue reading

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The Financial Times, and its reporter Gideon Long, can’t let go of Peru, in the persons of Pedro Castillo, Guido Bellido and Pedro Francke! Old Socialist comments

Mr. Long’s unsurprisingly inauspicious opening paragraph, in regards to Pedro Francke: Pedro Francke has been called many things in recent weeks: a moderate in a radical leftwing government, a Marxist who will wreck Peru’s standout free-market economy and a turncoat … Continue reading

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The Financial Times on ‘‘a rural primary school teacher turned crusader’: Pedro Castillo. Old Socialist comments.

A selective list of the actors, players in this Financial Times political melodrama: Alexander Tocas leftist president Pedro Castillo Alfredo Thorne, a former finance minister The stock market slumped nearly 6 per cent. a hardline leftist, Guido Bellido Free Peru, … Continue reading

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Tory Tribune Ferdinand Mount ‘reviews’ The Immortal Bagehot’s ‘The Aristocracy Of Talent : How meritocracy made the modern world’. Political Cynic offers some thoughts.

Here is the opening paragraph from Francis Mulhern’s review of Ferdinand Mount’s ‘English Voices: Lives, Landscapes, Laments’ : ‘By the time Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister’, Ferdinand Mount has reported, he ‘had long ago abandoned any thought of a political career … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com re-imagines the political career of Joe Biden. Political Reporter comments.

Mr. Ganesh’s utter lack of knowledge, of the history of Joe Biden, enables his extemporaneous – free imaginative variation- riff on his political career re-imagined? Joe is and was a stunning political mediocrity! Who is not a pol ‘who anchored … Continue reading

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