.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

Saturday, December 25, 1976

notes on valuing freedom and happiness

Remembering 1976: Happy 3rd century Entrepreneurial peoples valuing freedom and happiness

We interpret freedom and happiness in the first sentence of 1776 America's D of I as valuing livelihoods as most fundamental human right - by which we mean if people, family, community work hard to serve other people there should be marets providing a fair chance of making a decent livelihood, particapating in mother earth's wonders

Updating Health Stories on freedom and happiness
larry brilliant is a true american hero as one of the most valued people in global health

His bio "sometimes brillaint" tells a wonderful story- brought up in detroit he was feeling a bit miserable (family death, toothache) when he accidentally walked into a medical college and instead of being given a drug the dean asked him if he would like to study to be a doctor - in those days the cost to larry to start up as a health entrepreneur- 350 dollars - was affordable

There's no evidence that the young Larry was aiming to be a guru doctor- simply one whose gregarious peer networking could do some good by helping serve health-

Anyway his first job was being hired by a film studio (coincidentally the one that later aquired america online) to look after their rock stars as they toured the world- somehow this took larry and the young band from california to europe- where filiming finished this young group decided to drive overland across eurasia and go  see the band's favorite guru who happened to live in some village north of india , probably in afghanistan - this was 1960s - in many villages larry passed through there were photos of president kennedy; to be in the middle of inviting humans to race to the moon inspired the world, freedom and happiness were seen not just as american dream but every community's dream for their kids

You can ask two what happened next questions :

1 to larry, he stayed in india, built grassroots webs (long before the web or the mobile) which were needed to end smallpox; later his story caught the eyes of the founders of google.org who appointed larry to be their first leader of do no evil ...

2 but most of the rest of american media and/or politicians or big business lost IT (tech raced ahead of grounding community trust

-mathematically brookings called this unseen wealth's biggest maths error; viewed from space astronaut ron garan describes Our species collaboration problem with mother earth like this

today the worldwide sustaianbiliuty crises are about exonentially losing of goodwill between peoples (losing the chnace of every hard working family to thrive) in the race to global village value mapping
they are caused by professional being vain in every way that brilliant was modest; you dont need to be a mathematical genius to know that if a large organsiation is audited only around taking as much from everyone elese every quarter that cannot lead to sustainability across generations- it will lead to destroying financial systems as english speaking subprime analysts did

Ron's frined- BBC Nature broadcaster and Polar Explorer says this
actually if we go back to 1500, this isnt the first time english speaking people "accidentally" lost freedom and happiness around the world; if you look at statistics up to 1500 then economies were largely people centric and across Eurasia neigboring spaces from lebanon to hangzhou participated in win-win trading exchanges- india and china being the most populous nations also had the biggest economies;

what happened next was mercantile colonisation led by the English Empire which turned the whole south coastal belt of Eurasia into the opposite of free trading zones - ie a west-east in which english gained and locals lost (quite literally britannia rules the waves, britain never never never shall be slaves means making other slaves is part of the mercantile job descritiption , part of the empires system of education of confining youth to classrooms - see also gandhi's 1906 identification of that problem)

other europeans rushed to colonise too; south america was colonised by spain and portugal; africa by english, french, dutch and others... to the extent that the world from 1500 to 1946 took a wrong turn in connecting dismal macroeconomic human relationships (trading models of siloised societies and economies and cultures) English language/navies etc networked this error;

SO  the most exciting BRI (Belt Road Imagineer) maps as the 21st c comes of age will need to reverse where Coatal Belts and Overland "Roads" partitioned peoples with unnatural borders

there is another question - if ending poverty (and racing to all 17 sustainability goals) means mapping a world in which economies become roughly correlated by size of population, does this mean that peoples in rich nations are going to need to make sacrfic?

; we dont see that as necessary; we believe that now that 2016 has 1000 times more connectivity tech than 1946 all nations peoples livelihoods can be riased up to the wealth and health of the best nations to grow in  --however it is true that there may need to be more equality within nations- fir example the 10 richest people in the world cant go on owning more than the 40% poorest; and men cant go on owning 10 times more than women)

in any event we recommend 2 lessons

Belt Road Imagineering is a literacy, a 'language"  that can translate happiness across cultures should we free youth to do this; it is a necessary tool if parents truly want their children to be the first sustainable generation, and yes thoise who speak english need to help resolve conflicts that they designed into huan development 1500-2000- they should end fame media, and they should have the courage to turn up to ever cluster of nations summits looking for clean climate or new banking investments or edutech which takes learning out of classroom into action networking good services through every commuity the way a world champion like larry brilliant shows us joyful ways ahead

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Do you feel that big western nations don’t yet have a clue about sustainable models of markets of 1 health 2 banking 3 education 4 energy distribution? Published on April 6, 2018   cf 1999 www.cluetrain.com  cf since 1984 openspaceworld.com

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