Monthly Archives: March 2015

The American Political Melodrama Episode titled ‘The Method to Obama’s Middle East Mess’: a scenario by Ross Douthat in which he sanitizes The War on Terror and attacks President Obama’s ‘offshore balancing system’

Here are four paragraphs from Mr. Douthat’s March 28, 2015 essay that seem more pertinent than his analysis of the difference between the ‘Pax Americana’ model of Foreign Policy and the ‘offshore balancing system’. Title it Douthat’s Potted History. The … Continue reading

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Jennifer Rubin on the continuing Iran negotiations or ‘ the president’s cockeyed scheme of appeasement.’

The opening paragraph of Ms. Rubin’s latest essay, On an Iran deal, reports of concessions galore  is carefully framed as imaginative reconstruction/speculation as the in order too of  placing blame on the French, for leaks from the P5+1 negotiations: one … Continue reading

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‘… to subsidize bank led speculation by submitting weak countries to austerity measures or ‘bailouts’, thereby prioritizing payments to bondholder clients of mega-banks over economic stability.’

‘Much has happened in between; mass deregulation of international banking, technological advancements in trading, and the use of the World Bank (and the IMF and various central banks) to subsidize bank led speculation by submitting weak countries to austerity measures … Continue reading

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At The Economist: episode XXXI of the Piketty Melodrama, a comment by Almost Marx

C.R. does a workman like job in his essay NIMBY’s in the twenty-first century of Piketty Bashing, briefly sharing the stage with other ‘Left Wing’ intellectual celebrities:  ‘… Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s leather-jacket wearing finance minister, Naomi Klein and Russell Brand…’  … Continue reading

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The Greeks vs the Germans as reported by The Telegraph

My two comments to this Telegraph news story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11490893/ECB-hits-out-at-Greek-blackmail-claims-as-Merkel-holds-steady-in-bail-out-demands.html#comment-1925048816 Comment number one: The Germans were bailed out four time in the 20th Century: 1924, 1929, 1932 and 1953! Given that reality reported here in the ultra respectable and ultra conservative … Continue reading

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Martin Sandbu pronounces Piketty DOA! With the help of graduate student Matthew Rognlie

The champagne corks are popping in the fortresses of Neo-Liberalism, or have I overstated the case? The Mighty Piketty has been brought low by a mere graduate student! Where else but at the Financial Times or The Economist would this … Continue reading

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The Economist on ‘Bumbling toward disaster’, a comment by Almost Marx

As the Neo-Liberal paradigm continues to flounder, even collapse, engulfing the E.U. with it, it is vital that we not forget the question of Germany’s war time reparations debt to Greece, as much as the Economist would like to trivialize … Continue reading

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