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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

edward.luce@ft.com on America’s ‘Image’ & ‘Brand’ in peril. Old Socialist comments

As a regular reader of Mr. Luce,  I’ll just focus on one telling paragraph, in his essay suffused with doom and gloom, about the erosion of both the soft and hard power of the American Hegemon: all neatly wrapped in … Continue reading

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The ‘Toxic Jeremy Corbyn’ re-enters, stage left, via a Financial Times book review. Old Socialist considers the source

Robert Shrimsley gives the game away in the first three paragraphs of his essay of September 29, 202o.   Headline: This Land by Owen Jones — Corbynism beyond Corbyn Sub-headline: A critique of Labour’s election defeat seeks to give life to … Continue reading

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Andy Divine on Tyrant Trump. Political Observer scoffs

To read the rhetorical evolution of Andy Divine’s latest essay, is to witness the flowering of his particular variety of political hysteria. It begins with Shakespeare’s Richard III via Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘Tyrant’, and ‘a performance by Antony Sher of Richard … Continue reading

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The Trinity of Politics/Religion/Jurisprudence rule American Life. Old Socialist comments

There can be no doubt of the fact that Politics/Religion/Jurisprudence constitute the ruling triumvirate in American Civic Life, as the nomination of Amy Barrett make plain. Except to those who somehow think, that this alliance cannot be, in a vaunted … Continue reading

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Dianne Feinstein in trouble? Political Observer comments on the insularity of Corporate Media .

This New Republic essay, by Libby Watson, even quotes the Politico essay, excerpts of which follows this long quotation: Headline: The Democrats Have a Dianne Feinstein Problem Sub-headline: Some in the party believe the 87-year-old senator is ill-equipped to lead … Continue reading

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Gillian Tett on ‘The next financial crisis’. And Old Socialist’s nostalgia!

Insights on the ‘players’ in Ms. Tett’s latest economic melodrama, and some commentary.   Oxford Economics: Oxford Economics is a leader in global forecasting and quantitative analysis. Our worldwide client base comprises more than 1,500 international corporations, financial institutions, government organisations, … Continue reading

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edward.luce@ft.com & The Senate Report on the Bidens. Political Observer comments

Here is the a news story, that just might have more political weight, than Mr. Luce’s collection of concerns, in his latest essay: Headline: Senate report slams Bidens for conflicts of interest, flags possible criminal activity Sub-headline: GOP-led investigation cites … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney, Vulture Capitalist. Old Socialist posts a letter.

Facing up to financial reality | May Letter of the Month Victims of ‘vulture capitalism’ Describing Mitt Romney as a good businessman in the Letter of the Month is a travesty. Newt Gingrich created a YouTube in which he called … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on ‘Conservative Expectations’. Old Socialist comments

The reader just has to wonder at Mr. Ganesh’s ignorance of American political/jurisprudential  history !  Brown v. Board I & II denounced by the revered   Learned Hand, as  ‘second-guessing of legislative choices by the states’ was the grain of sand, … Continue reading

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Neo-Con Niall Ferguson on the Crisis in California: Fires, One Party Rule, ‘Decadence/Decline’. Political Skeptic comments

The reader can only wonder at Mr. Ferguson’s – what reads like nostalgia for George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, of Prop 87? Oh! sorry he is just a late arrival to California, 2016, in its advanced state of ‘Decadence/Decay’ the … Continue reading

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