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  1. Dirty fusion

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    July 30, 2017 by AK

    This post is about William “Bill” Browder’s recent Senate testimony on the enforcement of the Foreign Agent Registration Act. While you don’t have to trust Browder on other issues, his testimony makes it rather likely that Fusion GPS tried to smear him in the media and was paid for that by a firm owned by …
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  2. It makes no sense, but will it work?

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    July 28, 2017 by AK

    Here’s my superficial reading of the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” Apart from relatively minor tightenings of the screws (which might nonetheless hurt a good deal), there are three major innovations, as far as I can see: (a) The bill removes the president’s discretion, making some of the sanctions mandatory (with only a national …
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  3. Wenn’s um unsere Zukunft geht

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    July 15, 2017 by AK

    A follow-up on my previous post on the Russian lawyer (“V”) who met with Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner last year. It bears repeating that, while it was a run of the mill meeting of the sort every politician takes a thousand times a year, the lady’s radioactivity should have set off the Americans’ inner …
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  4. A question of hygiene

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    July 14, 2017 by AK

    Due diligence and background checks are sometimes as indispensable as an antiseptic liquid or protective gloves. Some people are literally contagious; others are metaphorically toxic. It may be tempting for a germaphobe’s son to ignore these precautions but prudence shouldn’t have yielded to temptation. I don’t disagree with Prof. Pirrong’s take on the Veselnitskaya-Trump Jr. …
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  5. An odd disclosure

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    June 23, 2017 by AK

    This is a bizarre piece overall but its ending is simply unbelievable: But Obama also signed the secret finding… authorizing a new covert program… The cyber operation is still in its early stages and involves deploying “implants” in Russian networks deemed “important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they …
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  6. Clarification on Caesarism

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    June 17, 2017 by AK

    Michael Anton wrote at least three posts in 2016 to discuss the applicability of Trump(ism)-Caesar(ism) parallels to the American situation. In doing so, Anton relied on Leo Strauss’ work, particularly his Restatement on Xenophon’s Hiero, a response to Eric Voegelin and Alexandre Kojève. That’s what I alluded to in my previous post.


  7. Next time, call him Nero

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    June 14, 2017 by AK

    Tim Newman quotes a tweet by Oliver Kamm occasioned by this NYT story: New York’s Public Theater lost financial support from two high-profile corporate donors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, on Sunday amid intense criticism of its production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. To which …
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  8. Flying stones

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    June 10, 2017 by AK

    This 1989 painting (the one on the left, Falling Stones I) by Nikolai Vechtomov (1923-2007) resembles an older work of his, from the 1960s, shown at the Thaw exhibition that ended in Moscow yesterday. Unfortunately, I cannot find the earlier work online, bust it’s probably oil on canvas and has “stone(s)” in the title. Both paintings make …
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  9. Goodthink for teens, from Harvard to the Kremlin

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    June 9, 2017 by AK

    In some ways, this is creepier than all the Putinist propaganda. The lady is advertising her services as a goodthink coach for teenagers. Her lengthy ad, posing as a New York Times piece, begins with a reminder: Earlier this week, Harvard University revealed that it had rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 students who …
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  10. To laughter and flaccidity

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    June 1, 2017 by AK

    Christian Lorentzen, a columnist for New York Magazine and a former (?) editor-at-large with the LRB, has published an amusing essay subtitled “A brief history of sex in American fiction.” Amusing, that is, when read for low-level textual entertainment, not for meaning. Let me quote without opening and closing ellipses and proper attributions, indiscriminately​: characters travel by various means… in …
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