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    Ideology Debate

    Good or bad not right or left What does “left” mean today now that socialism is no longer on offer? By Desmond Fennell My exasperation with the use of language in current political commentary has culminated with a word that is now much-favoured by the commentators, namely, “populist”. The Oxford English Dictionary says that populist […]

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    The 1916 Rhizome

    It seems significant that the documentary film ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ has come out this year, the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Brendan J Byrne’s impressive account of the H-Block hunger strike of 1981 claims, through its interviewees and in its own narration, that nothing was quite the same in this country after those traumatic […]

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    Oceanic Consciousness

    We think of ourselves as unique, and so we are, but defining individuality is problematic. Ninety percent of a person’s cells – mostly bacteria – are not their own while those cells with our distinct genetic codes only last up to ten years. In terms of consciousness this poses questions such as: where is memory […]

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    Peak Tourism

    ‘Eight Million Tourists Expected To Visit Ireland Next Year As Star Wars Effect Lifts Off’ Headline in the Irish Examiner, December 1, 2015 Marrakech is a hard city to leave, because someone is always tugging at your arm. One hour south, near the highest mountain in North Africa, you can hike to a pass with […]

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    The Emperor has no balls

    Depressing as the US election may be for progressives at least it’s spawning some spirited political art from which the rest of us can learn. For example ‘Indecline’ went viral when it erected guerrilla statues overnight of a naked Donald Trump, in several US cities. Each bore the title, ‘The Emperor has no Balls’. Though […]

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    The local

    General disparagement that anyone concerned with their own patch must be a small-minded xenophobe fuelled the Brexit debate. Such lazy stereotyping of Leave voters by the liberal collective undermines its own self-perception as open-minded. In the midst of this continuing existential maelstrom, my metaphysical GPS has been happily trekking a terrain of books based on […]

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    Birdbrain internet

    We live in an age of ephemera and digital myopia that befuddle our wits and have thrown up the possibility of a Trump Presidency. Britain departs the European, stage right, after a campaign marred by cynicism and misinformation. The Siren sounds of advertising impel us to consume beyond what we need and corporations and their […]

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