.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

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World Record Book of Job Creation
Part 1 Innovative System Views of Economists
Part 2 Mapping Top 100 World Record Job Creators  (E-s) (W-N)
Part 1
1943-68 Chapter 1 Economist: western history is dismal, god bless worldwide girls and boys
Chapter 2 68 -72 Future journalism must be optimistic whilst realizing how inequiatable Industrial Revolution’s Era had been

 Chapter 1
During his last days as a teenager navigating Royal Airforce Planes over modernday Bangladesh and Myanmar,  dad Norman Macrae didn’t know he would be one of the lucky ones.

In the 15 years after worldwar 2 , Norman
Studied at Cambridge where he was one of the last to be tutored in Keynes general system of monetary theory – design systems to end poverty and celebrate youth’s better livelihoods out of every community

Married the daughter of the Mumbai chief justice who spent 25 years mediating the peaceful resistance of Mahama Gandhi before Sir Kenneth’s last job : writing up te legalese of India’s Independence

Celebrated that the America-led allies didn’t make the mistake of world war 1 reparation of punishing the beaten peoples. Both West Germany and Japan were given a fair chance to redevelop theor peoples and lands peacefully and economically which they took.

Norman did worry about Russia’s future control of Eastern Europe. His father was a British consul so he had been a child in Moscow’s British embassy while Stalin exterminated peoples. So Norman was glad to be the only journalist at Messina celebrating the peaceful conception of te European Union. But he was soon to rue how the idea of free markets for small entrepreneurs was soon turned into the bureaucratic opposite.

Norman also worried about national health and pension plans which were clearly ponzi schemes launched by old 1950s politicians that would one day disadvantage most of Europe's youth once the population bubbles moved from youth to elderly. 
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This was part of the reason why he took great jpy in discovering around 1960 that his old enemy Japan had developed a new economic  model. Here was the way out of the empire trap that had designed world trade around zero-sum games in which the empire gained and the colonized lost. Quality systems (which the Japanese learnt from the American electrical engineer Deming) and applied especially in civil engineering such a s bullet trains and electronic calculators (the pathway to computing and space) offered win-win markets to multiply world trade round. Soon the chinese diaspora was mapping the east’s superports with the result that adfer usa japan became the second largest financial network and chinese diaspora the third

Norman narvelled that Kennedy could set several thousands brains and computer networks on a successful race to the moon. But for Norman the significance of this achievement was what would happen next back on earth. Norman declared in 1968 the challenge that became his lifelong exploration – what will happen to children of the 21st century with 2015 destined to be spending over 1000 times more on the technolpgies of connectivity. (Normans back of he envelope artithemn – moores law of doubling every 7 years of spend on the technology from 1946 to 2015)

Norman knew enough about local to global system designs to know that the 21st C would come of age spinning either the best of times or the worst of times. What sustainability goals would need to be collaborated around with as much positive human energy as the moon race

Some world record job creators to follow up from chapter 1

E90 Akio Morita, E91 Taiichi Ohno, E92 Eiji Toyoda
W90 Deming and E99 Hirohito,  W91 Macarthur, W92 Beate Sirota Gordon,  W10 Prince Charles typifying Japan’s leap beyond colonised models of world trade

E99 Gandhi and W99 Kennedy – leaders who changed the west’s goals but gave their lives to the process. Additionally W98 Maria Montesorri without whom Gandhi’s education revolution and village schooling would not have planted something wonderful in the mess that was collapsing British Empires.

W97 Keynes, W96 Einstein and W95 Von Neumann all of whom advocated system designs that arre bottom up and open not top-down and bordered.

Adam Smith W94 , James Wilson W93, W92 Walter Bagehot on whose design rules the first 100 years of The Economist was based. See The Economist autobiography of its own centenary in 1943.

Chapter 2 68 -72 Future journalism must be optimistic whilst realizing how inequitable Industrial Revolution’s Era had been\

While the two decades after world war 2 so the rapid ending of many European empires, the way industrial revolution had become one of extracting carbon fuels so that some nations could get bigger and bigger had continued. The opportunity to innovate during tIR had been very unevenly distributed. While some humans were racing to the moon. Almost half of the world’s people still had no access to electricity grods at the time of moon landing

In parallel to the race to the moon at least 3 earth-changing happenings emerged in the decade up to 1972:
Latin America debated what sort of catholicism it most believed in and decided on values that represent the Franciscan branch – in general this respects those faith leaders who come and live with the more; this was translated into the education philosophy of action learning with the poor advanced by Barzila Paulo Freire.

The Chinese were deciding being a closed society behind a great wall wasn’t the future. This once great civilization was stirring with over a billion people looking for more productive ways to live. The top down system which has starved over 50 million peoples was replaced bu barefoot doctors in the villages and agrarian keynsianism so that farmers would never starve again.

Bangladesh emerged as a free nation having suffered the double short-straw of colonisation first by the british and then west pakistan. Miraculously the ideology of Paulo Freire was adopted by leaders of the race to end poverty across the rural villages of bangladesh. There was some sharing of knowledge with china particularly on rice science the agricultural innovation that did most to end famine.

To Norman post-industrial meant:
Win-win world trades as japan, south korea and then the Chinese – superports epitomized
The end of big nations having an endless pursuit of carbon
Valuing how service and knowledge economies increasingly depend on valuing people not just consuming things
Reviewing what short-term fixes to financial systems –eg paper currencies printed at the whim of politicians – could not sustain te future
Re-asserting keynes view that increasingly inly economists determne what futures are possible for a place’s next generation

1968: Time to imagine how sS.Africa could go beyond apartheid

So Norman published this 1972 future of the next 40 years with a checklist of issues around which the best or worst of times would spin

Further references
Paulo Freire
Banagldesh’s adoption of pauklo freitre by fazle abed (and later muhamamd yunus)
Energaebce of Singapore as led by

Henry kissingers first visit to china

1 comment:

  1. georgetown maps: 1 met auditor of china's/jinping's new investment banking networks at summit in korea he is headquartered at in dc but also has a georgetown affiliation



    2 paris is connecting the 3rd in series of education summits nearest to dads 1984 vision; 2nd is with antonio guteres at un in september where my chinese youth-valuation friends led by alizee at columbia u are; 10 years ago the french embassy across road from georgetown was hot for such events; alizees main tech coach lee invented extextiles - .. ever since we first met at georgetown 1996 and world leading ad agencies i have failed to help youth build a big data small tech network out of dc-baltimore (in spite of amazon hq2 contest 2017) -see also Damocity

    georgetown is one of partners of sheikha moza's education city in qatar- her first education laureate applied franciscan paulo freire values to building the worlds largest ngo - sir fazle kindly hosted remembrance part to dad- still trying to understand where jesuit and franciscan and confucian values meet in time for youth to participate in argentina g20

    also belt road mapping curriculum is best way to link back east europe economies in 33 years of searching for that

    also is johnny still connecting brand reality of japan and georgetown

    chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk -we chat world record job creation 240 316 8157 washington DC

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