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From: Church & State: Editorials
Date: April, 2011
By: Editorial
Title: Inhuman Humanism
Something that calls itself humanism, or humanitarianism, is the ideology of post-Christian England, and therefore of post-Christian Ireland. Ireland has become a follow-on from England, and it is therefore post-Christian too. It is ill at ease with the things about itself that are not English.

Would-be Senator Martin Mansergh who, as adviser to Taoiseachs helped Fianna Fail along the path to ruin, has declared that England is not a foreign country. And the Sunday Independent has proposed that Ireland should remedy the mistake its electors made in 1918 by applying for re-admission to the United Kingdom.

Regardless of all of this, England is a foreign country...

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From: Problems: Editorials
Date: April, 2011
By: Joe Keenan
Title: William Cobbett's Rural War: Introduction
William Cobbett was born on 9th. March 1763 in the parish of Farnham in Surrey, where his father was a farmer and publican.
On the idyll of his early life he wrote (in the autobiographical Life & Adventures of Peter Porcupine):—
“I do not remember the time when I did not earn my living. My first occupation was driving the small birds from the turnipseed, and the rooks from the pease. When I first trudged a-field, with my wooden bottle and my satchel swung over my shoulders,I was hardly able to climb the gates and stiles; and, at the close of the day, to reach home, was a task of infinite difficulty. My next employment was weeding wheat, and leading a single horse at harrowing barley. Hoeing pease followed, and hence I arrived at the honour of joining the reapers in harvest, driving the team, and holding plough. We were all of us strong and laborious, and my father used to boast, that he had four boys, the eldest of whom was but fifteen years old, who did as much work as any three men in the parish of Farnham. Honest pride and happy days!”

Though unschooled, he was taught to read and write by his father...

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: April, 2011
By: Editorial
Title: A New World Order!
There is a new law for the governing of States. The United Nations Security Council has discovered that Governments should not resist rebellion by force. A Government which resists rebellion murders its own people and it might even be that it commits genocide.

This discovery was made by Britain and France with regard to the casual, spur-of-the-moment, part-time rebellion in Libya. They put it to the Security Council. The Security Council agreed, and it authorised them to make war on the Libyan Government’s resistance of the rebellion.

What a pity it is that Britain did not realise in 1916 that Governments should not resist rebellions, and that they commit murder if they do.

Under this new order of thought, democracy is established by rebellion...

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: March, 2011
By: Editorial
Title: Must Labour Wait?
The outcome of the Election of 25th February, in terms of the traditional parties, is that it gives the Labour Party the opportunity to end 'Civil War politics'. It has been said often enough over the years that this is what it wants to do, because it is held back by the overlay of Civil War politics which obscures class issues. Well, the Election has given it the opportunity to attempt this under very favourable conditions.

The Labour slogan at the start of the Election campaign was Gilmore For Taoiseach!. It seemed for a moment that the old order was in melt-down under the impact of the second major crisis of capitalism that the State has had to face. But it soon became clear that the old order would not crumble so easily, and that Fine Gael was benefitting from the collapse of morale in Fianna Fail.

The appeal to the electorate was then to prevent the return of a single-party Fine Gael Government by ensuring that it would once more have to form a Coalition with Labour as its minor partner. As minor partner in a Coalition, Labour would calm down the wilder capitalist impulses of Fine Gael.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: February, 2011
By: Editorial
Title: Melting Down Ireland?
The Opposition parties have been gifted with the opportunity to win the Election and save the economy, which has already been saved by the discredited Government. That's democracy.

Having saved the economy the discredited Government consolidated its arrangements with a Finance Bill, which the Opposition Parties disagree with and oppose. But the Opposition Parties are facilitating the passage of the Finance Bill through the Dail, while voting against it. They might have subjected the Bill to a thorough scrutiny in the ordinary way, dwelling on the grounds of their opposition to it with a view to amending it, or even defeating it.

They chose instead to facilitate the rushed passage of the Bill through the Dail while voting against it for the record. They did not want the Bill which they opposed, and which they think (or say) is bad for the country, to be defeated. They did not want the country to be saved from a Finance Bill which they say is damaging to it. The wanted the Bill passed, with them voting against it, so that it would be an accomplished fact before they won the election and became the Government. That's democracy.

Why have they acted like this?....

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