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Robert Merry inveighs against Biden’s ‘Almost New Dealism’, under the rubric of ‘Big Government’. Political Reporter comments.

Mr. Merry has been a ‘longtime Washington journalist‘ and the author of a duel biography of the Alsop brothers, that was reviewed at the New York Times under the title of ‘Aesop’s’ Fables’ by David Kennedy, in 1996. Some revelatory … Continue reading

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gideon.rachman@ft.com on ‘Lousy demographics’. Political Observer comments.

On the question of China’s demographics, here is a link to a 2013 essay in the The Journal of Asian Studies of 2013 by Karen Eggleston, Jean C. Oi, Scott Rozelle. Ang Sun , Andrew Walder and Xueguang Zhou, titled ‘Will … Continue reading

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Max Hastings, @RColvile, @Noahpinion: * “All that is solid melts into air.”Old Socialist comments.

After Mr. Corvile’s essay of April 25, 2021: Headline: Robert Colvile: No 10 has started a petrol fight with an arsonist. Did no one tell the PM he would get burnt? https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/68f38c68-a4fe-11eb-9808-bf328d2144aa This lengthy political meditation on the Cummings/Johnson spat. … Continue reading

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Andy Divine dissects Joe Biden’s speech, and his ‘strange fate’. Old Socialist comments.

Read the first two paragraphs of Andy’s regular political gossip column : in this episode, Andy takes the rhetorical guise of a Thatcherite Miss Lonelyhearts:  History can be funny sometimes, can’t it? And if a slight smile didn’t cross your … Continue reading

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Chrystia Freeland as ‘reported on’ in The Financial Times. Political Skeptic comments .

 ‘Finance minister emphasises that US administration is ‘very collaborative’ on vaccines’ Does this describe the ‘very collaborativeness’ : Headline: Vaccine makers say IP waiver could hand technology to China and Russia Sub-headline: Proposal to suspend patent rights comes as poorer countries struggle … Continue reading

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janan.ganesh@ft.com on The Republicans. Political Reporter comments.

The reader just has to look at a map to see that The Solid South, except for the four smallest states, is controlled by Republicans, and that the leadership of the Senate Republicans has been Mitch McConnell since 2007, a … Continue reading

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@EdwardGLuce on the ‘ideal pluto-populist’. Political Observer’s dissent/ascent.

Should a Larry Summers Neo-Liberal cast aspersions on the champion of ‘aggrieved white conservatism’ and an almost argued ‘ideal pluto-populist’, who also is a possible presidential candidate? This has the stale aroma of Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent series of novels, with a … Continue reading

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victor.mallet@ft.com on Edouard Philippe, Macron etc. Political Cynic comments.

Instead of covering the weekly instalment of The Rebellion Against The Elites, that takes place in France every Saturday across the country, is unreported in The Financial Times -in another time and place this was called ‘managed news’! What appeals … Continue reading

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victor.mallet@ft.com sur Edouard Philippe, Macron etc. Commentaires politiques cyniques.

Au lieu de couvrir la tranche hebdomadaire de The Rebellion Against The Elites, qui a lieu en France tous les samedis à travers le pays, n’est pas rapportée dans le Financial Times – à une autre époque et en un … Continue reading

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gideon.rachman@ft.com on ‘Biden’s retreat’, Art History, Pulp, Comic Books & The New Cold War. Political Skeptic tries to explain/interpret this?

In America two genres of popular culture are, and have been, in the ascendent , since the 1930’s and 1940’s , Pulp and the Comic Book. Why start here? James Ferguson provides the cartoon reductionism of the argued conflict between … Continue reading

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