.Brian Beedham, foreign editor of The Economist for a quarter of a century, died this week, aged 87 F or nearly all the 25 years leading up to the collapse of communism in 1989, two intellects dominated the pages of The Econ- omist. They were Norman Macrae, as dep- uty editor, and Brian Beedham, as foreign editor. Their marks were influential, endur- ing-and quite different. Norman, who died in 2010, relished iconoclasm, and orig- inal ideas sprang like a fountain from his ef- fervescent mind. Brian, bearded, tweed- jacketed and pipe-smoking (or pipe-pok- ing), held ideas that were more considered. It was he who provided the paper’s atti- tude to the post-war world. In that world, nothing was as important as seeing off communism, which in turn could be achieved only by the unyielding exercise of American strength. This view was not in itself unusual. What made it re- markable, and formidable, were the clarity, elegance and intellectual power with which it was propounded. No issue demanded the exercise of these qualities more than the Vietnam war, and probably none caused Brian more an- guish. A man of great kindness, and with- out a hint of vanity or pretension, he was far from being either a heartless ideologue or a primitive anti-communist (though he never visited either Russia or Vietnam to put his opinions to the test). But his unwa- vering defence of American policy drew criticism from both colleagues and readers. Why did he persist in pounding such a lonely trail, even after it had become clear that the American venture in South-East Asia was doomed? The short answer was conviction. His anti-communism was born of a love affair with America. As a young man, at Leeds Grammar School and Oxford, his politics had been leftish. They might have stayed that way. But in 1955 ambition bore him from the Yorkshire Post to The Economist where, after a few months, he won a Commonwealth Fund fellowship and with it a year study- ing local politics in the South and the West of the United States. In America Brian dis- covered a national ideology based on indi- vidualism, bottom-up democracy and an active belief in liberty that meant pro- blems could be solved at home and na- tions could be freed abroad. This was ex- actly in tune with his own emerging ideas. The dispassionate romantic Coming from drab, class-ridden, 1950s Brit- ain, Brian might have stayed. But he felt in- dubitably British. The Suez crisis was be- ginning just as he left for America in August 1956; he so strongly backed the in- vasion of Egypt that he volunteered his ser- vice to the British military attache in Wash- ington, ready even to give up his new American adventure to fight for this hopeless cause. And though he later became enthusiastic about direct democracy (an en- thusiasm, like that for homeopathic pills, which was fostered by his links with Swit- zerland through Barbara, his wife), he was a monarchist to the end. Suspicious of intellectuals, Brian rel- ished exposing the soft, less-than-rigorous- ly-thought-out (he was fond of hyphens) orthodoxies of the liberal left. As foreign editor, he liked to draw unsparing compar- isons between the Soviet Union and the Nationalist regime in South Africa: to deny freedom on the basis of ideological convic- tions, he argued, was no less objectionable than denying it on the basis of colour. It was no doubt Brian’s command of words that helped to make him our Washington correspondent in 1958 and then, in 1963, foreign editor. In this role he wrote leaders on all manner of topics, often argu- ing a difficult case: for nuclear weapons, say; for supporting Israel (another of his unshakable causes) when sentiment was running otherwise; or indeed for the do- mino theory itself, which was never so ringingly defended. Brian was equally skilled as a sub-edi- tor. Articles that arrived on his desk with no clear beginning, end or theme were turned, apparently effortlessly, into some- thing perfectly sharp and coherent. More annoyingly for authors, articles that were perfectly coherent were sometimes turned with a few tweaks, deft as a paw-dab from one of his beloved cats, into pieces that said something quite different from what had been intended. A statement of fact might be qualified by “it is said” or the American invasion of Cambodia would become a “counter-attack”. These intrusions could be difficult to square with The Economist's tradition of open-mindedness; especially as Brian’s own mind was more contradictory than it seemed. His favourite conversation-part- ners were men like Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Richard Perle, hawkish intervention- ists; but he also had an acquaintance, al- most friendship, with at least one kgb man at the Soviet embassy in the 1980s. Away from work, the world he was analysing weekly was kept at bay. He did not own a television set, and found the best use of computers was to listen to American civil-war songs. Some of his pieces were pounded out on an ancient Ol- ivetti in a turret of Barbara’s family castle in the Alps, surrounded by peaks and clouds. Deep down he was a romantic, capable of great human feeling, whose head con- stantly seemed to remind him to keep a rein on his heart. He wrote sympathetical- ly and perceptively about Islam, and mov- ingly about refugees-especially boat peo- ple, and especially if they were Vietnam- ese. They were making his point for him....The Economist May l6th 2015

.................................................................................................................................................................america's media crisis started with its biggest brands...Help teachers and children generatethe most exciting jobs creation game? A 21st C mashup of a board game like monopoly, a quiz like trivial pursuits, and both a mass media and an app such as jobs creation sharkette tank?. more : why not blog your peoples search for world record jobs creators ..last 7 years of generation of changing education
1 the board - maps of large continents and small islands, of super cities and rural villages, transportation routes for exchanging what people make connected to webs like Jack Ma's gateways where 3000 people co-create live for a day before linking in their networks (Notes on valuing freedom and happiness) join 25th year of debating whether we the parnets and youth can change education in tine to be sustainable
2 rules of jobs-rich trading games - lifelong grade 1 to 69, beginners to experienced connecting many previous games - eg game 1 if your region has no access to a seaport, how are trading dryports developed
3 backup every trial game ever played including successes & failures, searchable by valuable collaboration factors; geographically neighbouring, match particular skill (eg electrical engineerings) around the world
3.1 cases and the cultural lessons from future history that worldwide youth will need to translate if they are to be the sustainability generation
3.2 unexpected joys; eg often the most exciting innovations for linking the sustainability generation come from communities that had the least connections - eg some of the games best players are the women and girls who developed bangladesh as 8th most populous nation starting with next to nothing at independence in 1971; case sino-english translation of world record book of jobs creators- can you help us translate this into other mother tongues - isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com us we chat line 240 316 8157 - click to diary of good news youth journalism trips 8 to china, 1 korea, 3 arab emirates, 13 bangladesh 1 to japan

Sunday, December 31, 1972

POP goes americas4 dramatic years in reality and image

1968-1972 saw 4 extraordinary years in terms of continent americas impact on the world as its spins millennials today  -adapting one of de bono's creativity frameworks, we recommend youth code these historic tipping points as
U-Unsustainable
S- Sustainable
A -Actively (in play)

1S Sutstainable was way south americas led by Peru/Columbia came up with a new search for hope = they called this Preferential Option Poor (POP)  for youth of any goodwill faith, and liberation theology for the branch of Catholics that trace their cultural values back to Francis (Brotherhoods) and Clares (sisterhoods) of Assisi circa 1210. Recall that Catholocism came to south and central america from old world colonists primarily spain and portugal- so it was high time for southern hemisphere to choose its own future meaning. And POP can be recommended to every child who starts to be ready to explore society and love thy neighbor

Crucially this southern hemisphere movement demanded from the richest a reframing of worldwide aid . How about celebrating accompaniment with the poor instead of top down politicing or preaching

POP can apply to how a missionary nurtures faith, and diversely to how love of the poorest sustains communities wherever professionals live their service to the limit by :
1 living with the poor and adapting their professsional skills to community service and empowerment
2 observing system traps chaining the poor beyond any singular professional skill and thence collaboratively  linking together all professions that may be bottom-up needed to transform the system
3 believing its a sin (or at least not fitting of leadership reponsibility) to fail to use any advance in modern technology as a priority liberation app for and with the poorest

The clearest professional app of POP was started by the anthropolgist Paul Farmer in 1982 and became partners in health with jim kim and others in H&H (twinning Harvard and Haiti). All of the values of this medics network are anchored in the 1968 origins as Paul explains in this video

2S The same culture was to be adopted by the Muslim development world starting in 1972 with the foundation of BRAC where sir fazle abed credits Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed- the leading text of applying POP to education or training. Today BRAC is the world's largest NGO as well as the one that most value POP with special emphasis on women and girls. It has at least 7 practical wings- with its health practices frequently swapping knowhow with PIH. Indeed if you attended the 20th Open Society celebrations of Gorbachev and Soros in Budapest in 2013, you would have found celebrations of both Sir Fazle Abed and Paul Farmer

1U the US decade 1963-1972 was extraordinary
assasinations of 2 kennedies and king
end of segregation, war, arms races and peace movements
moon race, innovation of satellllites and silicon chips

but one arguably the longest exponential impact was american elders turned against investing in student graduates- witness how Nixon called the slaying of students at Kent State University a consequence of youth behaving as bums, and was surprisingly re-elected - whilst there was initial public outcry to the bum labeling, elders in america had turned neurotic instead of entrepreneurially joyous- see The Economists Neurotic Trillionaire -legacy starting up America's 3rd\century. From this date the idea of putting university students in ever greater debt, and the end of the university as a pro-youth public partnership is clearly evident- as is the end of USA being a leader that worldwide youth can trust to sustainability

A1 so what are we to make of POP songs like Lennon's Imagine in 1971
over the next 45 yerars pop stars became ever more costly as well as famous; youth came to celebrate anything but real heroes with advertisers greenwashing those who locally made the greatest innovations in sustainability and jobs creating learning; and yet if we could design a university of stars in such a way that the inaugural lectures were inspired by eg Kim and Farmer (and offereed on open elarning channels across 4 hemipheres of our planet) maybe POP realty and image could twin around millennials sustainability in time to heed UN's last call
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