Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mr. David Brooks, Platonic Ideas and Political Misdirection: some thoughts by Political Observer

The ability of Mr. David Brooks to inflate political situations, like the malfunctioning A.C.A. web site issue, into a convoluted and utterly overblown meditation on ‘The Legitimacy Problem’ is predictable. Given Mr. Brooks penchant for manufactured political hyperbole and his … Continue reading

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Has The Paper of Record redeemed itself? A conjecture with some examples by Political Observer (In homage to George F. Will)

While at the library yesterday I picked up a copy of the New York Times and with each turn of the page I was surprised even puzzled by these three news stories; why it almost looked like the good grey … Continue reading

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Mayor Bloomberg has a vision and the money to enact it. Or our Neo-Liberal distopian future awaits, an essay by Almost Marx

Michael Barbaro reports in the December 14, 2013 edition of the New York Times, in a story titled Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of the World), on the future plans of Mayor Bloomberg. Call Mr. Barbero’s essay a … Continue reading

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Rich Lowry and The Left. A comment by Political Observer

Everyone to the Left of Mr. Lowry in his world is on the Left! Call that political territory expansive. If anything Mr. Krugman, the target of Lowry’s ire, is a Social Democrat or simply a Liberal in the old sense … Continue reading

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Brooks Chatter: The Safe Harbor of Authoritarianism. A comment by Publius

‘We don’t need bigger government. We need more unified authority. Take power away from the rentier groups who dominate the process. Allow people in those authorities to exercise discretion. Find a president who can both rally a majority, and execute … Continue reading

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The Bible As It Was by James L. Kugel

This is a guide to the Hebrew Bible unlike any other. Leading us chapter by chapter through its most important stories—from the Creation and the Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land—James … Continue reading

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Introduction to Phenomenology By Dermot Moran

Introduction to Phenomenology is an outstanding and comprehensive guide to phenomenology. Dermot Moran lucidly examines the contributions of phenomenology’s nine seminal thinkers: Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Arendt, Levinas, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida. Written in a clear and engaging style, Introduction … Continue reading

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