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They make a desert and they call it peace
Radical analyses of the Irish and European debt crisis can benefit from engagement with some mainstream (or even right-wing) analyses – there is much to be learned there, and sometimes a surprising amount of common ground. However, where the mainstream falls down is in its misunderstanding (wilful or not) of the politics of the way in which the debt crisis is being managed – it does not recognise (or chooses not to recognise) the instrumentality of the debt response for the furtherance of corporate power and wealth. In other words, what good does it do, and for whom? By Andy Storey.
Value added: bland
The election campaign has now begun in earnest, and the performers have shuffled on stage and begun their well-rehearsed hymn to hopeychange. But Patrick Barry finds them woefully out of tune.
Still dodging the abortion issue
Political and media amnesia may soon be impossible, thanks to the wealth of archival information now at our fingertips, but sometimes humdrum human memory is the best archive of all. Harry Browne recently stumbled upon an accidental forgetting by the Irish Times that shows just how easy it is to leave a scratch on the record of history.
The politics of counting and the myths of migration
Writing about statistics in the 1950s, Darrell Huff noted: “There is something fascinating about [them]. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” As it was, so it ever will be, as Mary Gilmartin finds.
Closer to Boston than Berlin
With an election only weeks away, five ministers have announced their retirement (with healthy pensions) from political life. But what level of destruction have they left in their wake? Justin Frewen assesses Mary Harney’s reign of terror.
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