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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 Telegraph & The Times War Mongering, a selection.

Political Observer comments. At The Telegraph: Headline: The West has been too slow to confront Russia Sub-headline: At a time when leadership is needed, the UK Government deserves full credit for offering it TELEGRAPH VIEW20 February 2022 • 6:00am These … Continue reading

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My replies to ‘Jorge’ in The Financial Times of January 18, 2022.

Headline: Is liberal Los Angeles ready for a billionaire mayor? Sub-headline: Developer Rick Caruso shakes up race with vow to clean up crime and homelessness https://www.ft.com/content/41ac42d7-c888-48bc-9065-a17520c1df53?commentID=ac062d28-d10d-490c-9a8c-0e5c50676964 I will post only my comments : First comment: Jorge you sound just like … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: George F. Kennan revisionism?

Political Observer comments. Mr. Kuper has missed this issue of the Journal of Cold War Studies Volume 15, Issue 4 Fall 2013: https://direct.mit.edu/jcws/article/15/4/233/13418/Gaddis-s-Kennan-A-Different-Kennan This issue takes a critical look at the Gaddis biography, as the preferred methodology for assessing the career … Continue reading

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Edward Luce Or Patrick G. Vaughan? History Made To Measure or History?

Political Reporter asks the question. This historical essay by Patrick G. Vaughn has escaped the attention of Mr. Luce:  VAUGHAN, PATRICK G. “BEYOND BENIGN NEGLECT: ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI AND THE POLISH CRISIS OF 1980.” The Polish Review, vol. 44, no. 1, University … Continue reading

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Name your Anti-Putin Poison @TheEconomist: The Long Form.

Political Cynic comments. The ‘The Long Form’ begins: Heading: Crisis in Ukraine   Headline: How Russia has revived NATO  Sub-headline: Ukraine has forced America and its allies to bond. But the country’s future is still uncertain https://www.economist.com/international/2022/02/12/how-russia-has-revived-nato  This is a 2,389 word essay, … Continue reading

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On reading Jochen Hellbeck and Mike Davis.

Philosophical Apprentice. Reading ‘Revolution on My Mind:Writing a Diary under Stalin’ by Jochen Hellbeck and am on page 155, of this compelling book. ‘Revolution on My Mind is a stunning revelation of the inner world of Stalin’s Russia. We see into the minds … Continue reading

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My struggle with reading ‘The Poetry of Friedrich Nietzsche’ By Philip Grundlehner.

Philosophical Apprentice comments. I purchased ‘The Poetry of Friedrich Nietzsche’ what seemed like decades ago, from a Oxford University Press book sale. I had read Rudiger Safranski’s Philosophical Biography of Nietzsche, well before reading about Nietzsche’s poetry. Some of his thought’s, positions … Continue reading

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Peter Thiel as ‘reported’ in The Financial Times.

Political Observer comments. If Capitalism is represented by an ‘investor’, Peter Thiel, what might that say about the state of Capitalism? The Peddler of the 21st Century, Jeff Bezos, employees thousands in his chain of warehouses, and its fleets of delivery vans. … Continue reading

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Gideon Rachman’s new dialectic: ‘Putin the Rational’ vs ‘Vlad the Mad’, via Richard Nixon.

Political Observer comments. Headline: Putin, Ukraine and the madman theory of diplomacy Sub-headline: Western leaders cling to the hope that the Russian leader is bluffing about an invasion https://www.ft.com/content/3d8b94e9-0db7-4aa5-ac6a-9fef2ce43ab6 ‘Putin the Rational’ vs. ‘Vlad The Mad’ are the latest ‘catch phrases’ or propaganda devices from … Continue reading

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The War in Ukraine as ‘reported/advocated’ in The Financial Times: plokhii@fas.harvard.edu

Political Observer comments. Serhii Plokhy January 27, 2022 Headline: The empire returns: Russia, Ukraine and the long shadow of the Soviet Union Sub-headline: As the Kremlin attempts to reassert control over its neighbours, Ukrainian historian Serhii Plokhy uncovers the deep … Continue reading

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