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Macron and the crisis of the managerial elites

"He had a rendezvous with history and failed to show up"

An essay by Philippe Lemoine on the rise and political demise of French President Emmanuel Macron contains these perceptive remarks on the managerial elites that now run France, and, more or less, the other liberal-democratic states of Europe and North America:

“Macron is a product of the French meritocracy. He went to the . . .

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March 16, 2019

Fox Force Five and the Great 'Women's March' Heist

Antisemitism as career strategy

Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegel have a splendid investigative report at Tablet magazine - “Is the Women’s March Melting Down?” - on the capture of the “Women’s Silvrback blog imageMarch” by a band of racial go-getters, and the movement’s subsequent and ongoing crackup. Here is an abundance of insights into the pitiless . . .

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December 18, 2018

Foxconn in Wisconsin: arguments for an American industrial policy

The pole dance is concluded. Jeff Bezos has chosen New York City and the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC for Amazon’s new headquarters.  State and local governments will fork over more than $2 billion for the favor. Earnest policy folk are a bit shocked.  The libertarian magazine "Reason" thinks Amazon would have picked . . .

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November 19, 2018

Kissinger on Trump and 'The Cunning of Reason'

Silvrback blog imageThe Financial Times has a diverting weekly feature - "Lunch with the FT" - in which its correspondents interview some notable person over lunch. You get the human to-and-fro of a sometimes revealing conversation between two individuals. You get appreciative comments about the attractive and vivacious maitre d', the bottle of . . .

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July 28, 2018

“My folks sell me and yo folks buy me”

Kanye West, “Barracoon” and some history of African slavery

Silvrback blog imageDo you recollect the uproar caused by the musician Kanye West a couple of months ago when he said the ancestors of today’s African-Americans “chose” to remain in slavery?  Arguments bounced around the word “choice.”  What choices did slaves have? What choices do African-Americans have today? One point . . .

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July 13, 2018

Trade Wars and the "Trump Shock"

In which I praise the scientific integrity of Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman has another very good recent New York Times post on the likely outcomes of a trade war:  Thinking About a Trade War (Very Wonkish).   Let me qualify. The first five paragraphs are one more tiresome expression of Krugman's political animus against the Trump administration, plus speculation about U.S. and foreign politics . . .

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July 02, 2018

Trade war won't cause recession says Paul Krugman

Yahoo Finance's Dion Rabouin wonders Why Trump's trade war hasn't tanked the market or the economy yet:

Business sentiment has been shaken by U.S. President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China, the European Union and other countries, financial analysts say. But some are wondering why the impact hasn’t shown up in . . .

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June 26, 2018

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