.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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

what america could have helped the world explore in 1969 if not before:

Timing can be everything in global social valuation. Viewed with hindsight of 2015 (UN year of massive transformation to sustainability goals) we can map at least 5 global crossroads (1969 being the first) that our whole planet of 7 billion beings and the millennial generation most needed America to mediate openly and recursively

In 1969 America was first to land on the moon- what did this prove? And what else was becoming youthfully exciting to explore- eg Intel had been founded in 1968 and was proposing the moores law of the doubling every 2 years of the analytic power of computer chips- a whole valley of social business networks would linkin to this 14 year imagination stage. The Economist two most fun quests of 1982 We're All Intrapreneurial Now; ... why not silicon valley for all

Publishers of the World Record Book of Job Creation believe that two of the most joyful things that pro-youth economists could have started to value:

the era of doubling spend  every 7 years started in 1946 on worldwide communications is now confirmed to continue to at least 2015 (1000 times more time and money spent than 1946 if not 2030now --4000 times more)

such a spend will make the change impacts of the industrial revolution ultimately look like small beer as far as human sustainability is concerned

what exciting to note from the moon race is that when a big hairy audacious goal (BHAG) is set and a resources for at least 7 year project empower humans and computers to make the most of each other- then impossible become possible solutions can now be celebrated as uniting the purpose of the human race- crucially what the industrial revolution failed to do namely share its up to 200-fold progress beyond subsistence with half of the world's population (rural ie with infrastructures like electricity, running water, modern communications) can now make ending poverty a reality during first generation of millennium 3

It is not clear to us whether any American education or other institute in 1969 did take time out to reflect on this first of big 5 moments that America had the most resources to openly web into human consciousness- we  rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk would love to publish links if  you have them- over the next 4 periods through to 1997.....


What we do know is The Economist became the first worldwide viewspaper by mediating such debates with America's influence central to death of distance's coming 4 hemisphere debate; however it is to be noted that The Economist had already collected lots of information that the vast majority of Americans had never seen due to peculiar neurotic ways American media and schooling spun as the world's peacekeeper (a most unfortunate responsibility for any twentieth of the world's people to feel forced to bowl alone):

1 how Japan. Korea, China were fast rising -and if only because of their population statistics could be celebrated to be ever more crucial to end poverty and so millennials sustainability from 1990s

2 That USSR was not what it seemed. It was slowly failing and there was zero chance that Chinese diaspora as they became world's 3rd biggest investment web, early in 1970s, would want to chain next generations to such a system

3 The Economist had by 1968 even started to explore whether South Africa's Open Society capacity might learn as fast as America in resolving racial tensions- remember man lands the moon may have been the universe's biggest event of the 1960s but back on the ground, the end of segregation in America's own townships needed to be.
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Maths notes: According to Turing recursion is the way ahead that the human mind interacting with computing analysis (over exponentially impactful periods of 7 years or more) innovates more than becoming dependent on big data analysis alone. Von Neumann was arguably the first to question whether economist would app recursion to empower way above zero-sum trades in a death of distance (borderless, ie where bodrers become greatest risk under old externalsiation mindsets) world. Earlier Einstein had clarified the fatal flaw in big brother planning processes; whenever man's science or adminstration runs out of innovation space go more micro at the level of system dynamics you map

Bill Gates notes: in his book way ahead, change's  actionable impact is less than you expect in any 3 yera period but much more in any 7 year period. Subconsciously but apparently not consciosly he was voicing what aid and philanthropists singularly failed to do in 2th century- develop 7+ year exponentail auditing as far more valuable to development than the inconvenient truth but media gratifying analysis of results in 90 day soundbites

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