.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

Monday, September 18, 2017

10 years ago my father Norman Macrae from The Economist and i started sponsoring lots of young people to interview muhammad yunus; my family hosted 2 birthday wish open spaces with dr yunus; sponsored adam smith scholars launch of journal of social business in glasgow, tried to help with the nearly free nursing college as my best skiing friend is former head of the royal society of medicine, and tried to help with sponsoring several of youth entrepreneur competions in usa's poorest states; tried to get yunus a desk at prince charles microsolar network at height of his troubles; and with yunus first female director of grameen phone tried to help with latin america when she came over to dc region from 2012 making that region her leapfrog visions of her mobile empowers poor women and jobs hungy youth

in some ways i guess the centrality of yunus to atlanta's goals caused conflicts i cant begin to imagine but my friends networks were very lucky in 2 things

we found sir fazle abed at brac in bangladesh

we spotted jack ma debating yunus in 2008 and have made understanding china's digital world partnerships in sustainable youth are main area of searching who's who

i believe our information can help going forward with:

1 bcorps and where bransons green networks might want to - for example korea with china's co-branding have launched green big bang- a benchmarking club for 2000 place governors who want to race to thriving carbon zero societies; in the middle of this network is an island (which korea is building new towns in as far away from north korea as possible) that is redesigning all its own education currucula and koreas world class conference centre where every fortnight hundreds of college students take notes from the latest green summit world expertise hosted -the week i was in jeju I experienced green big bang networking 80 national delegations from china's asia infrastructure investment bank were there along with my fathers old freind Lord Stern and President Jae-in Moon- quite a faculty to fast firward green curriculum with

2 many usa inner city and rural youth networks that stalled on way to atlanta and left the main atltanta families without atlanta or usa) being a climate collaboration supercity at the level that eg hangzhou, toronto, tokyo, paris are on global 2.0 green belts and roads

3 china doesnt use hubs quite the same way we do because it prefers best student gateways to form around the 100000 alumni of tsingyhua and peking university when it comes to decisions on how china faces the outside world; when a chinese city gets graced with a world summit the technologists linkin - in addition china cgtn telvision plays an extraordinary role in whom it interviews and where they hub

4 dc has one movement that can chnage communities in ways that even china cant- thats the special olympics - i wonder if they are already a main partner of yours

do you have time to meet?; i think my value is i map network diaries; so argentina g20 in july 2018 is the biggest opportunity for all of the continent to get together and clarify sustainability solutions it wants to help guterrez jinping jim kim, pope francis and other lifelong people developers invest in ; and where the digital wizards hubs of big data small (eg blochchain analysts, AI experimenters wth augmenting human senses) are in an urgent investment race to renew community grounded financing and positive media

this could be the most vital colege year americans ever have; after summer 2017 china has desperate foci on india , japan because of the olympics and the 2019 g20, and africa

 For 4 years now mainly one young chinese graduate connected all the translations i needed - amy - she's now at columbia university trying to help there; she has started to wechat with the son of Zhang Yue- they both come from the same city and home region of Mao

cheers
chris macrae
bethesda 240 316 8157
50th year of curriculum of Entrepreneurial Revolution 

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