.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, June 24, 2017

i want to check camilo you know maurice is  youth ambassador for vatican universities arts festivals and other events where youth change what culture is joyfully possible

camilo runs wall streets deepest funds/analysis to end poverty in latrun america and em;power women

everything jim kim ever learnt started with latin american ideologies of the 1960s- so did all girls empowerment movements in bangladesh- 

however last weekend korea hosted a summit on how the world bank (along with other institutions whose design hasnt changed since bretton woods or in eu's case since messina onceinageneration  ) are literally the most closed place/space in the world to liberate young professional networks and even after visiting pope francis in 2013 almost as soon as he became pope , kim has fallen ever further behind in massively liberating youth




ironically while ban ki-moon was too polite to resolve any internal conflict at UN he is becoming the perfect ethics officer for jack ma's resign of the olympics movement and the new un head gutterez was the first head of an ancient mulilateral agnecy to 100% applaud xi jinpings 30 nations brainstorm of belt road forum - transcript available if you want it

the 2 people in the world i would most trust  to how  to collaboratively liberate youth are xi jinping and jack ma
that have one greatest celebration ever in each of 12 regions of the world between now and tokyo olympics- 7 billion people are extremely .lucky that these 2 people are currently in charge of teh world's 2 most exciting economies- real and virtual worlds most massive growing ones but surrounded by populations that still want to develop rather than play couch potato the way american tv watchers have become addicted to

12 region trip to sustainability world
argentina g20 july 2018 is latin america's prime time
thats only one student class away and presumably by then we will know whether trump is really walling off south america - and walling off china - and misreading every opportunity in middle east and russia- actually i am never sure with any american president with ots president thats mad or the ass media or congress is mad - there remains a hope that trump would like to work with jinping and jack ma but i expect the disgusting white house press corps will ruin that

so lets get on with positive things

canada's trudeau has been keeping the whole of america partnership open with jack ma
jack ma has made his 2nd biggest commitment anywhere outside china to argentina
xi jinpig whats to be briefed by the pope on how to celebrate franciscan youth connecting confucian youth and improving china-latin america development as well as whether italy really wants china to mediate conflicts on all the countieis facing the med sea
-italy has spent 3 months making that the main conversation of beijing students of the calss 2016-2017 but i dont know if italy is really up for taking back design of the EU the way it claims it can if china will help now

mt fathers friend lord nicholas stern (in 2000s mainly in charge of all of the uk's green research) will present 15 eminent person view on the future of investment banking at argentina -it will rock the big banks in new york off their heals let alone cause a debate which will chnage how aid in dc is done

amy and i spent years trekkiing round organisation of american states, iadb , ; san diego's 30000 chinese students; microcredut -  blum at berkeley only to have a few egotists destroy open spaces we were trying to open for everyone; amy will be in columbia university during class of 2017=2018; the main mentor of the lady jack ma employs at tsinghua aliresearch.com to find chinas most brilliant students sees nobel laureate edmund phelps at columbia as her main mentor

recently jeffery sachs has tried to reform - the language he uses in assessing how obama f**ked up inner city black communities is worth reading - i can give you his book on that if you have time

in fact obama was the ultimate chair of pushing every conflict down the line- not one premise he made to youth in 2008 did he empower them to live up to - it all goes back to arrogant bill's affair with monica- if that hadnt happened we would have had gore not bush- whatever gore would have done i am not a great fan i dont think it would have caused isis or subprime, ad so we wouldnt end up in todays state that nobody in the rest of the world knows who in america to trust to any sustainability education movement

so lets get latin american and canada linked in - while we see if jack ma;s training of 3000 people in detroit (and xi jinpings training if trump family) can suddenly replace big bad us tv media with smart sme ecommerce as the world's number 1 new economy and number 4 overall by 2020

chris
i see camilo in new york on thursday
of course camilo and maurice are far better less crazy people than me

does anyone have any questions on their comeon sense or anything else
pretty much every tipping point in the world will be breached as year 0.5 to 1.5 trumpdom  spirals
ever more chaos 

chris  240 316 8157
www.economistamerica.com

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