Whatever happened to the dialectic?

Rhetoric Is the Art of Persuasion – Aristotle Source: http://sodralatinsgymnasium.stockholm.se/humanistiska-programmet-inriktning-sprak Soon after our article on Anthony Scaramucci’s BBC interview, the new White House Communications Director hit the headlines after a telephone rant full of expletives with Ryan Lizza, a journalist at The New Yorker. As usual, the commentariat put the…

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QED – yet again

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, has given an interview to the BBC. The big scandal on social media in the United Kingdom was that Scaramucci kept invading the personal space of the female interviewer Emily Maitlis. Much more interesting is how such self-appointed “critics” failed to notice Scaramucci’s confirmation…

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Show Me The Money

Much of the West is effectively bankrupt and insolvent. The developing world is not much better off. France’s cumulative debt of government, households and businesses amounts to 250% of GDP, an increase of 66% since 2007. That figure excludes unfunded pension and health-care liabilities. six largest pension saving systems –…

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France continues the trend after first round of presidential election

Speaking on the TV channel France 24 just before the results of the first round of the French presidential were announced on 23 April 2017, John Gaffney, Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe at Aston University in Birmingham in the UK, said that the Fifth Republic…

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The Economist behind the curve and still struggling to get it

The Economist has just published two odd articles which, like so much analysis nowadays, are far behind the curve. In an article “A portrait of Migrantland – explaining Britain’s immigration paradox,” The Economist asked uncomprehendingly “Migration is good for the economy. So why are the places with the biggest influxes…

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Сами с усами

Если Россия все еще хочет жить своим умом – это ее выбор Ключевой вопрос – может ли Россия избавиться от своего многовекового пофигизма и выйти на уровень Индии и Китая, а может, даже Запада и Японии. В замечательном фильме «Черный дождь» режиссера Ридли Скотта, глава якудза говорит главному герою, копу…

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Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you! Britain, Russia and the Lugovoi Affair

As I forecast in recent columns, Moscow would likely find the West ranged against it in the event of major bilateral problems with individual countries – and it is indeed now encountering greater problems than it bargained for in its dealings with the outside world. Russia seemed genuinely surprised that…

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