Left, Right, Left, Right, Left

Fenster writes:

Ah, the times in which we live.
 
Here is Michael Lind, once conservative, then a critic of conservatism, now writing an article not for Salon but for the Trumpist journal American Affairs. Is this a conservative piece? A liberal piece?
 
Forget the labels and read it if you have 45 minutes or so. To me Lind is just trying to get to the heart of our actual situation.
 
I never quite understood unions until I understood their historical necessity. Capitalists, being only human, were only too happy to see their power and wealth increase unchecked. And that an argument with this fact was beside the point. What we needed was in a way simpler–countervailing power.
 
Lind writes that since 1989 we have seen a runaway concentration of wealth and power similar to that seen in the early 20th century. This time, though, the winners are Burnham’s managerial elite, and they are as punch-drunk and self-righteous as their industrial predecessors.  What is the current version of countervailing power, good for our era?
 
How many times have my progressive friends told me that even if Trump were not crazy his aims can never be met because–to take one example–“those jobs are never coming back.”
 
I think my progressive friends are handmaidens of the elite, or apprentices-in-waiting. Worse, too many are what the Chinese call baizuo–“people who ‘only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment,’ who ‘have no sense of real problems in the real world,’ who only advocate for peace and equality to ‘satisfy their own feelings of moral superiority’ and who are ‘obsessed with political correctness'”.
 
Politics makes strange bedfellows, and I take it as progress that Lind is making an argument that non-baizuos on both the right and left may find persuasive.
 
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Architecture and Color

Paleo Retiree writes:

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Naked Lady of the Week: Clarice

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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Clarice, a Ukrainian, is currently the seventh most popular model on TheNudeEu. She is a gracile, Audrey Hepburn-ish creature with enormous blue eyes and a pillowy mouth.

The auburn hair is an interesting feature. Do you reckon it’s natural?

According to one of her bios she works at a sex shop in Kiev. Would you buy a butt plug from this girl?

Judging by this Instagram, she loves to photograph herself. Young girls love to photograph themselves — attractive ones in particular.

Nudity below. Enjoy the weekend.

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Juxtaposin’: The King Threatens?

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

In June 1170, Roger de Pont L’Évêque, the archbishop of York, along with Gilbert Foliot, the Bishop of London, and Josceline de Bohon, the Bishop of Salisbury, crowned the heir apparent, Henry the Young King, at York. This was a breach of Canterbury’s privilege of coronation, and in November 1170 Becket excommunicated all three. While the three clergymen fled to the king in Normandy, Becket continued to excommunicate his opponents in the church, the news of which also reached Henry II, Henry the Young King’s father.

Upon hearing reports of Becket’s actions, Henry is said to have uttered words that were interpreted by his men as wishing Becket killed. The king’s exact words are in doubt and several versions have been reported. The most commonly quoted, as handed down by oral tradition, is “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”, but according to historian Simon Schama this is incorrect: he accepts the account of the contemporary biographer Edward Grim, writing in Latin, who gives us “What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?” Many variations have found their way into popular culture.

Whatever Henry said, it was interpreted as a royal command, and four knights, Reginald FitzUrse, Hugh de Morville, William de Tracy and Richard le Breton, set out to confront the Archbishop of Canterbury.

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.

Such documents, Mr. Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the F.B.I.

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The Russians Return!

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

Just when I think I’m done with the Cold War, it pulls me back in.

What I’m WATCHING now: THE AMERICANS, season 5. Also BETTER CALL SAUL season 3 and THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT season 1.

What I’m READING now: Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government by M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein. Just finished The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era, which is very good. I think I’ll tie the two together by reading Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters — Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler after the Evans & Romerstein book.

What I’m PLAYING now: Twilight Struggle. I highly recommend the iOS or Android apps.

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Architecture and Color

Paleo Retiree writes:

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Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes:

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