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PostThoughts on the "Intellectually Vacuous" (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/05/21 4:10 am)
I would like to answer Francisco Wong-Díaz, 2 October, who wrote:
1) "Eugenio Battaglia's Old World attachment to the slogan 'empire' in referring to the US is bothersome and intellectually vacuous."
2) "I advise Eugenio to refocus on what is significantly more relevant and transparent to mature critical thinkers."
These statements border on ad hominem attacks, and are also inaccurate.
I never denied, as Francisco wrote, that "the Chinese are inexorably seeking global dominance using a whole-of-government approach and a strategy on the ancient game of GO." What I wrote was possibly more forceful, that the US Deep State is running the Empire and unfortunately in the last 30 years it has run it a very poor way. Furthermore, I wrote that the same people who undermine the Empire through relocation of funds and assets to China have created this situation, thereby impoverishing and laying off many of the Empire's producers.
JE comments: It's a good time to remind WAISworld about our ban on ad hominem statements. As the gatekeeper, I do my best to soften the most strident examples. Is calling someone's argument "intellectually vacuous" the same as attacking the person? Gray area, gray area...but please remember: we're all friends here.