A debate has begun in Ireland on how the country should celebrate Easter 2016, one hundred years after the Easter Rising. Thus far it has taken the shape of an external-relativist debate, particularly in relation to the UK; and a peace-violence debate, and whether violent uprising should be celebrated, especially given the question about what it actually achieved. The official launch video in November was almost universally panned for seeking to look to the future (with the British Queen's visit seemingly the starting point) and almost completely ignoring the Rising itself, and the proclamation of independence. I have some sympathy with the designers of the video; if we look deep enough into the dark past of history, there is some danger that the country may fall back into it.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
|Denis O'Brien (left) and Alex White: What are |
the Media Mergers Guidelines really all about?
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|Rural Ireland: Not bad if you're a sheep. Because sheep |
don't need broadband, roads, services, healthcare...
The Irish Times are hosting a commendable section dedicated to rural Ireland and its concerns, and solicited comments from Labour's Ann Phelan, Minister for Rural Affairs. We'll stop this donut effect, she said, making sure large supermarkets don't locate outside town centers. Other than that, she's not promising anything because she says "I probably have a maximum of 18-21 months to do something.” Her main focus she says is on job creation; there is no budget (save that from other departments) with which to directly fund projects.
Monday, June 23, 2014
|Nader was vilified and heavily criticised |
at first, but his book transformed the car
industry in America.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
|Billy Hawkes has his work cut out for him|
Friday, February 07, 2014
|Narcissists? We've been heading |
in that direction for some time.
In an over-used and most likely incorrectly attributed quotation, when asked what the influence of the French Revolution had been on Western Democracy, the Chinese Foreign Minister replied that is was too soon to tell. Given the apocryphal nature of the story, and the layers of invention that the Internet places on such stories, we don’t know if Zhou Enlai smiled as he said it. The most significant shift that happened with the French Revolution – and the Enlightenment generally – was the shift from peoples and tribes to individuals and rights. The Cartesian fundamental coigito ergo sum (I think therefore I am) had made its way through the corridors of time and consequence from arcane academic existential consideration to politics, and war, and statecraft. If Millenials are accused of being all about me, me and me on the cover of Time Magazine, it’s only because we've been heading that way for several hundred years.