Monthly Archives: November 2015

Niall Ferguson on Paris and the sack of Rome, a comment by Political Reporter

Niall Ferguson proves himself to be the natural successor to Samuel P. Huntington, whose paranoia embraced all of the world’s Civilizations, except our own naturally superior Western example. Huntington in his last book titled ‘Who Are We? The Challenges to … Continue reading

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At The Economist: Bagehot defines British Exceptionalism, a comment by Political Reporter

Bagehot is a talented writer as his unsparing polemic against Jeremy Corbyn demonstrated: http://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2015/11/corbyn-labour-and-paris#commentForm In this essay he uses his power to evoke various melodramatic scenes from the National Security State files, in defense of : ‘This state of affairs … Continue reading

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At The Economist: Bagehot on Political Apostate Jeremy Corbyn, a comment by Political Reporter

Before reading Bagehot’s utterly predictable attack on Political Apostate Jeremy Corbyn, read his, at times, illuminating essay here on the by-election in question, as political litmus test for Mr. Corbyn: http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21678227-oldhams-election-campaign-microcosm-social-democracys-woes-trouble-labourland A few highlights,like this bit of manufactured political nostalgia … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Philip Stephens on European complacency, a comment by Political Reporter

The fact that Mr. Stephens recites, with attention to a complex  set of ideas, almost all the cliches of the current iteration of bourgeois political orthodoxy, displays an enviable kind of talent, with the proviso that  any absent idea is … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Three views of Paris, November 13, 2015, Part Three

Gideon Rachman’s November 16, 2015 essay titled ‘Do Paris terror attacks highlight a clash of civilisations?‘Subtitle ‘Multiculturalism is not a naive liberal aspiration — it is the reality of the modern world’ http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/96b9ed08-8c46-11e5-a549-b89a1dfede9b.html#axzz3rlN7BSax As much as Mr. Rachman denies the … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Three views of Paris, November 13, 2015, Part Two

A November 15, 2015 editorial titled ‘Time for engagement, not fearful retreat‘ Subtitle ‘Solidarity and thoughtful action are the only means to defeat terrorism’ http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/fd4660a4-8b76-11e5-8be4-3506bf20cc2b.html#axzz3rYGds6En The rhetorical farming of this editorial : ‘civilised world’ vs ‘mindless barbarity’ and ‘Further co-ordinated … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times: Three views of Paris, November 13, 2015, Part One

The Financial  Times responded to the attacks in Paris with these three essay: Philip Stephens’ essay of November 14, 2015 titled ‘There is no hiding place from global disorder‘ Subtitle: ‘Syria’s civil war transfers almost casually to the heart of … Continue reading

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