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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

Don’t miss Andy Divine on The New Plague, Rishi Sunak & The New York Time’s ‘1619 Project’ . Old Socialist selectively reads his latest triptych.

Headline: Reality Arrives to the Trump Era Andy Divine reads Camus’ ‘The Plague’: ‘Plagues routinely start with denial. In his great novel, The Plague, Albert Camus describes a scene at the very beginning, after several rats in a town started … Continue reading

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@MrWalterShapiro comes to bury Bernie Sanders! Old Socialist comments

Note the headline and sub-headline of Mr. Shapiro’s essay: The Gauzy Myth of the Sanders Campaign If there were ever hidden armies of Democratic voters yearning for a  visionary presidential nominee, then they remain well camouflaged. Besides the highfalutin headline, … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on the Coronavirus & the Administrative State. Political Observer comments

Headline: Coronavirus and the comeback of the administrative state Sub-headline: Terms of political discourse have moved unmistakably in favour of government over just a few weeks The regular reader of the ideologically inflected political myopia of Mr. Ganesh, just has to … Continue reading

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edward.luce@ft.com of March 11, 2020: Biden,Sanders,Trump & the Corona Virus Crisis. Political Observer comments  

Mr. Luce’s almost prophetic gifts are demonstrated, in these two paragraphs of his latest essay: … Joe Biden’s victories in at least four of the six states that voted in this “mini-Super Tuesday’ — four of which Mr Sanders had … Continue reading

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Niall Ferguson & Gideon Rachman on ‘Sleepy Joe’. Political Observer comments

In his column of Sunday March 8, 2020, Niall Ferguson: Headline: Sleepy Joe Biden has given Donald Trump a wake-up call Sub-headline: Despite his senior moments, the comeback codger has a real shot I know Joe Biden. Not well, but … Continue reading

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Corporate Barracuda Sheryl Sandberg’s unconvincing whining! ‘Lean In’? Old Socialist comments Old Socialist …

… So on International Women’s Day, who better to ask what is going wrong than Sheryl Sandberg, the guru of female work empowerment, the woman who encouraged millions of us to Lean In, and COO of Facebook, the world’s most powerful company. … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on Joe Biden, manufactured Hero. Political Observer

In the imagined ‘Centrist World’ Mr. Biden is the latest manufactured Hero. Except that the notion of that ‘Centrism’, under the myopic gaze of an apologist for that mythical political construct, is in fact the tattered remains of a collapsed … Continue reading

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