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Re: “Gone missing: The country's conscience, brain and heart

As was said elsewhere, "pitch-perfect." I've done editing work and I wouldn't change a word.

A brief rejoinder to those who say that the Democrats deserved their election rebuke because unemployment is still high. I thought "free market" disciples believed that government has no role to play in the economy. But whether it does or not, no reasonable person with even the most rudimentary understanding of economics would have expected Obama to end, in less than two years, a recession as catastrophic as the one he inherited from a Republican administration. After 22 months, voters brought back the people who made the mess, preferring them to the people who have tried to clean it up. If that does not reflect poorly on the national IQ, nothing does. But Crowther is at least kind enough to apportion some of the blame to the rascals who told the lies rather than put all of it on the gullible voters who fell for the lies.

Posted by G.L. on 11/18/2010 at 2:12 PM

Re: “The intricate puzzles of Michael Clayton

Godfrey Cheshire is as good a film critic as I have ever read and we are lucky to have him at The Independent. But like most readers, I only write when I have a complaint. This one is very minor. It is not necessarily "misogynistic" to portray a female character as pathologically insecure and ethically challenged. (We would not call the director anti-masculinist for portraying two male assassins as utterly amoral and coldblooded.) Cheshire may be thinking, rightly, that Hollywood in general celebrates the masculine "virtues" and is unthinkingly misogynistic in most of its movies. All true. But as his own admiration for "Michael Clayton" indicates, this movie is several cuts above the usual Hollywood fare. I did not feel that the director stacked the deck against the character played by Tilda Swinton. She is loathsome, that is all. But in rendering her neuroticism in painful detail, the movie may be trying to give some context to her vileness. The male assassins are just one-dimensional vipers--which is also fine. Some people are.

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Posted by G.L. on 10/18/2007 at 1:40 PM

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