Monthly Archives: December 2014

An answer to ‘Athens on the Midway’ by Almost Marx

Mr. Strauss needs a much better lawyer! Mr. Rosen, opening his essay on Strauss, with his long and ennui inducing comments on Mr. Bellow’s novel Ravelstein was cunning literary padding. Mr. Bellow wrote the same novel many times, Ravelstein being … Continue reading

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C.R. at The Economist on Orwell and Austerity: a comment by Almost Marx

C.R.’s whole thesis is that things weren’t so bad in the Thirties, and provides the carefully massaged, relevant statistical data to prove it. Yet why is the collective memory of that time so suffused with anguished recollections, thoughts of want,hunger … Continue reading

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On Tony Blair: a comment by Political Cynic

Imagine the temerity of a mere waiter attempting to arrest Oxbridger Tony Blair for war crimes: it almost has about it the kind of Beyond the Fringe comic brio! The estimable Jonathan Miller and crew could have done it handily. … Continue reading

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Two paragraphs from Mr. Ross Douthat: a comment by Political Skeptic

Mr. Douthat’s augmentative attack on the monster of Political Correctness is carefully embellished for maximum effectiveness? Note that he places the cyber-attack on Sony in an American political context: one might ask how is the presumed attack by Korean hackers, … Continue reading

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Mr. Luce, armchair psychologist: a comment by Political Skeptic

Mr. Luce in his race to meet his deadline simply appropriates/reinterprets Mr. Niall Ferguson’s decline of the West political fatalism, decline/degeneration, and places it within the rhetoric of a question framed by glib yet vacuous pop psychology: is the west … Continue reading

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Mr. Ash on Russia’s potential turn inwards, or a collection of self serving conjectures: a comment by Political Skeptic

Mr. Ash is adept at glibly articulating the American/E.U. Party line on Ukraine. Garnished with a bit of cheer leading for the Coup Government, combined with a misbegotten wish that Putin will some how come round, this is pure fantasy! … Continue reading

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My comment on a book review

I read with interest Mr. McCarthy’s review of The Power of Market Fundamentalism, as I had found the book on Amazon, and it was quite outside my price range. Even facing that impediment, my interest was still active, and I … Continue reading

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