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About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer.

Simon Kuper on the Clash of ‘ The ‘Greatest Generation’ vs ‘The Baby Boomers’: A small screen melodrama. Old Socialist comments

Mr. Kuper’s self-presentation is that of the voice of ‘reason’ but it takes patience to read through Mr. Kuper’s collection of cliches, framed by the dubious, even invidious comparison of ‘The Greatest Generation’ and the ‘Baby Boomers’. In terms of … Continue reading

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My reply to @Joan-Enric Torrent. Barcelona.

@Joan-Enric Torrent. Barcelona. E.  Burke and B. Disraeli predicated their ‘Conservatism’ on a shared faith in the benevolence of a landed English aristocracy. Call it what it was a comforting political delusion . The fact of  Dickensian London coming to … Continue reading

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On the pragmatism of Timothy Garton Ash: ‘We should work at preserving what we have, rather than dreaming up new projects’. Committed Observer’s considerations on the question

Headline: The case for European conservatism above grand designs Sub-headline: We should work at preserving what we have, rather than dreaming up new projects Would that Mr. Garton Ash had followed his request for silence on the part of EU … Continue reading

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@BretStephensNYT ex cathedra pronouncement: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Karl Kraus’ Ghost comments

Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative … Continue reading

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My reply to Charles Shillingburg

Charles Shillingburg, I researched the idea of  ‘Social Marxism‘ on the internet, and found nothing. But I did find many entries for ‘Cultural Marxism’ here defined in ‘The Urban Dictionary’ as: The gradual process of destroying all traditions, languages, religions, … Continue reading

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America’s ‘Russia Fixation’ diagnosed by Edward Luce. Committed Observer comments

In Mr. Luce latest essay, he almost comes to something like political realism by way of Joe Biden? But some questions arise: what and where is ‘Liberal America’ ? That America was purged, beginning with the alliance between the Mundt/McCarren/McCarthy/Nixon … Continue reading

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Can Bozoma Saint John save Uber, with the help of Arianna Huffington? Myra Breckenridge ponders the question.

How apt that Bozoma Saint John is a sort of protege of Arianna Huffington, but with better hipster credentials . Ms. Huffington lost her ‘Progressive Credential’ with the sale of her website, with the whine that it was just a … Continue reading

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