Monthly Archives: November 2016

Books of Interest: Habermas And the Unfinished Project of Modernity: Critical Essays on The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity & The Time of Our Lives: A Critical History of Temporality

Just finished Chapter 4, titled ‘Splitting the Difference: Habermas’s Critique of Derrida’ by David Couzens Hoy, in this collection of essays. Clarity, insights and beautifully written. I’ve read his The Time of Our Lives : A Critical History of Temporality … Continue reading

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Edward Luce bids a premature goodbye to President Obama, or I come to bury Caesar not to praise him? A comment by Political Observer

To call Obama a ‘liberal technocrat’ when he is most assuredly an unimaginative Neo-Liberal, and to utter this maladroit sentence: ‘When Vladimir Putin’s Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, John Kerry, the outgoing secretary of state, said: “You just don’t in … Continue reading

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Episode MCIII of The American Political Melodrama: Anne Applebaum confronts the Trump victory, and the possible cessation of The New Cold War. Political Cynic comments

I missed my favorite Neo-Con/New Cold Warrior Anne Applebaum’s November 9,2016 Washington Post commentary on the Trump election. She blocked me from following her twitter account, but her columns are fair game. Here is a telling excerpt from that essay, … Continue reading

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François Fillon’s Putinism, a comment by Political Observer

That ‘Free Market Revolutionary’ Mr. Fillon is giving the editors at The Financial Times the jitters, not because he favors ‘shock’ and ‘speed’, not just an echo of Marinetti but a quotation from that notorious  Futurist/Fascist.That rarest of political creatures … Continue reading

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The Political Answer for the French: Fillon the Merinetti/Thatcherite as answer to Le Pen? Old Socialist comments.

Mr Fillon as Thatcherite, apres la lettre, and Catholic homophobe. The reader hasn’t come across such an improbable hybrid, that almost deforms the idea/practice of the dialectic,  since the publication of ‘French Philosophy of the Sixties, An Essay on Antihumanism’ … Continue reading

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At The Financial Times, a premature funeral oration on the Obama legacy? Political Cynic comments

It seems that Mr. Leith has left no highfalutin literary reference unused in his search for some applicable frame for President Obama, near the end of his second term: Homer, Milton and at its end Sophocles. Call this the a … Continue reading

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Janan Ganesh on the Autumn Statement, a comment by Political Reporter

Mr. Ganesh opens his latest essay using the subjunctive mood of, ‘if only the left understood class as Kinsey understood sex.’ The Kinsey Reports were published in 1948 (Male) and 1953 (Female), and posited the idea of a ‘sexual continuum’ … Continue reading

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