.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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

continuing 10 person conversation with economits at brookings

nicole made lot of good connections there - sorry to miss your session my bus took 7 hours in the snow! there are a lot of potentially mutually positive connections to share  (i kno0w jesse's most loyal connectors out of baltimore) if you have time for a coffee- i am at 240 316 8157 bethesda chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk - also i strongly recommend current wired issue feature on what japan is doing- since my father was one of the first people to win the emperors international award for his analysis of japans economy from 1960s i strongly want to help connect the best youth can linkin with ai aro0und the worldeast coast bleack cities with smart movements


economistblack issues
how connect bach inner city with amazon
with jim kim now he's doing youth hubs and africa infra banking
how to linkin all
connetion between jesse jackson - chicago- baltimore aylanta- new york
-connection with afriacs un via new york
how to link in chamber of commerce connectuons

reserach began actively with yunus and 100 hbucs and co-editing journal of social business - how was nit6 subprime killed off last black-centric banks even under obama?

Friday, February 15, 2019

happy valentimes/loveq day to 2 microwebs of american leaders

here's our latest breaking news from www.worldrecordjobs.com 

these 2 circles of powerful decision makers can create or destroy american livelihood if they need a quiet space to talk to each other- they need to cooperate digital with young ladies and young americans of color wherever these people could code for regenerating health of every community in america
circle 1
executors of robert smith who made his billion developing crystal city but whose foundation of business school at umd has no connection with amazon hq in crystal city including americans of any color than virginia white (uva college, and richmond without any trust in top 3 people -2 whites whose youth were culturally mispent (back in 1970s fancy dress in anything was regarded as way matriculating youth let off steam- unfortunately that anything in case of whites included dressing up in skin colors of peoples they still felt largely segregated from if not in their peer group but because of history's impacts on their parents) and one black who cannot prove he satisfied metoo womens values)

cnn and the south's leading billanthropist , ted turner who invested a billion in un and foreign aid but whose attempt to make atlanta an epicentre of inner city black youth renaissance was spoilt but a quarrel between muhammad yunus, the then mayor of atlanta and about a hundred presidents of hbus who are about their staff pensions more than liberating their students community impacts

steve case and ted leonsis who know whos entreprenially who in the dmv and help hub 1776 from virginia to dc but not to baltimore md- meanwhile 1776 hubs brooklyn but not queens - and dubai and belatedly phili but not india china or where most of the world need to design leapfrog solutions if the whole himan race is to be susttainable

5 black americans who were not publicists but worked in communities of georgia md pa ny michigan and elsewhere need to for m a panel of wise old men and women

jim kim who used to be happy in boston connecting health both inside usa and in latin and then africa countries but found that at world bank he was banned from developing inside us relationship and banned from connecting with his old networks even when they were the only ones who could minimse ebola

when jim kim met jack ma at un ny he couldnt find anyone on jack ma wavelength other than guterres so they introduced jack ma to unctad in geneva - fine for everyone accept  again inside america, and as it turned out inside america was where jack ma and china g5 needed to link in to - so now trump can easily make out ckina tech as the money whereas all of above could have connected to make us youth and communities sustainable again