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Tracing The Con(Tours) Of The Inverted Narratives That Bedevil ‘THE West’

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog Those who allow seriousness to get in the way of imagination, fail to discover what they need to free themselves from. For many decades I have been aware of knocking on the door of Western Imperialism from the inside in search of a universal perspective. Maybe it started 80 years ago when I first experienced authority (de jour) in the person of

Trump’s State of the Union address, more obsolete than great

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog America’s obsession with its role in the world is becoming more embarrassing by the week. This year saw Donald Trump performing as Lord of the Rings while addressing the Fellowship of the Ring…STATE OF THE UNION address, 5 February 2010. The occasion confirmed the fact that patriotism is an essential component in the economic wars. As co-conspirators privileged to be included in

Things discovered on the way to the grave

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog “Europe ‘coming apart before our eyes’, say 30 top intellectuals”. The Guardian, 26 Jan 2018. The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates state that “we must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism”. Which immediately raises the question; who is the ‘we’ that must do the willing…the answer would appear to be the church of the neo-liberal

American Foreign Policy Aka Thy-Will-Be-Done

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog “It’s not a choice between war and peace. It’s a choice between war and endless war. It’s not appeasement. I think it’s better even to call it American self-interest”. Michael Scheuer (commenting on American Foreign Policy). “For the state by its nature claims sovereignty, the right to an unlimited development of power, determined only by self-interest. It is by nature anarchistic”. “No

Interpretations marinated in bias (pre-tense as bias)

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog “The cause of laughter is simply the sudden perception of the incongruity between a concept and the real project”. Arthur Schopenhauer. The concept of Founding Fathers as distinct from Founding Mothers is a prime example of thought that might do more than merely titillate the collective funny bone. The tribal jocks in the West have a long history of averring the role

The Immaturity Of American Concepts

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog One imagines… from outside of America at least…that the political system there, robust one year, retro the next, is on its way to drowning in a sea of vitriolic comeuppance. Half the population think Donald Trump is a buffoon while the other half think the Donald is o.k. But what we overlook is the fact that the population of America living within

Chewing-Gum Doesn’t Necessarily Produce Wisdom Teeth

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog Once upon a time, folk thinking…or folk thinkers…pioneered human development. Once upon a time it was the philosopher, poet, scientist, dramatist and musician who did the heavy lifting. Once upon a time, before institutions co-opted human imagination, it was the ingenuity of individuals that led to the creation of perspectives complimentary to the interests of the ‘folk’ and societal development. One such

The alter ego wars

by Denis A. Conroy for The Saker Blog The British Press is big on righteous indignation. Its wallows in selective grief whenever Russia is accused of dirty dancing. It uses single issues reportage selectively, to obfuscate its modus operandi. The subject of the unpleasant Salisbury Skripal poisoning attack on two people was written up as though it was the evil to end all evils…far outweighing the attention poor suffering Yemen

The view from the looking-glass

by Denis A. Conroy for the Saker blog If institutions exist to provide continuity and permanence, subjectivity is the glue used to personalize narratives in ways that enable compliance vis-a-vis myth, to prosper at someone else’s expense. A moving message, a personal tribute to America and its people was read to the public by Rick Davis, a close friend of McCain’s…who recently passed away… and his national campaign manager in

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