Monthly Archives: May 2014

Political Observer on Frum Chatter, the May 28 ,2014 episode

There really isn’t much here except the usual hectoring Frum Chatter. Mr. Frum gets great mileage out of reminding/lecturing the President of the political reality of a vocal opposition. But is utterly disingenuous about the nihilist Republican opposition’s destructive vendetta … Continue reading

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President Obama 2009 and 2014: On the rhetoric of the American Empire, a comment by Political Observer

Read first the concluding portion of the President’s speech from 2009, and then read excepts from the 2014 address and compare not an evolution of American Imperial thought, but the tired recitation of  American Exceptionalist cliches. President Obama December 1, … Continue reading

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Mr. David Frum on the sins of Putin: some thoughts by Political Cynic

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/what-putin-wants/361622/ ‘The Axis of Evil’ was once the signature hysteria mongering calling card of Mr. Frum. Now, he and his new political ally, of the moment, Mr. Ben Judah, have a more historically relevant propaganda campaign to wage, the revival … Continue reading

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On Ukraine: Thinking Together Kyiv , 15 – 19 May: a comment by Political Observer

http://www.eurozine.com/UserFiles/docs/Kyiv_2014/Programme_Public_EN.pdf Timothy Snyder, Leon Wieseltier,Bernard-Henri Levy were the head line acts for this propaganda fest, probably sponsored by The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, or from Victoria Nuland’s spare change, left over from the five billion spent on the … Continue reading

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Steve Breyman v Anne-Marie Slaughter

https://www.nytexaminer.com/2014/05/the-aptly-named-anne-marie-slaughter/ Five possible influences on Ms. Slaughter’s career seem evident: In the Law: in the paradigmatic figure of Holmes. Misogynist,misanthrope and committed Social Darwinist, via his reading during one of his convalescences, of Spencer’s Social Statics and Darwin’s Origin. One … Continue reading

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On The Piketty Panic. Almost an Essay by Political Observer

You might begin your exploration of the ‘Piketty Panic’ by beginning with the book itself, or short of that, you could begin with the ten part essay at the Economist posted by R.A. of London. This is really worth the … Continue reading

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David Brooks on The Piketty Phenomenon: Episode CCCXXXV of the American Political Melodrama. A comment by Political Cynic

Mr. Brooks is of course angry and defensive when he reviews The Piketty Phenomenon. But the anger and defensiveness manifests itself as that shopworn Conservative old saw: envy of the rich. The beating heart of the middle class, the professionals, … Continue reading

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