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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: April, 2012
By: Editorial
Title: Libya
Disillusioned leaders of the Libyan Revolution accomplished by NATO bombing are now complaining that the US/UK/EU combination is not tending to Libya's needs.

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From: Church & State: Articles
Date: April, 2012
By: Editorial
Title: No History Or False History: The Choice
Joseph Lee, when he was Professor of History at Cork University, admitted that the specialist academic history magazine which was founded in the 1930s, Irish Historical Studies (IHS), was officially debarred from publishing material about affairs in the 20th century: "The rules of the journal excluded any reference to Irish politics after 1900" (Joseph Lee, Ireland. 1912-1985, Cambridge, 1989, p589).

That meant the history of the modern Irish state was out of bounds to it. But it also meant that the British state was very much within its remit. The state, in the era which it was allowed to concern itself with, leaving aside ancient times, was the British state. Apart from a handful of years in the 1640s (Confederation of Kilkenny) and a couple of decades under James 2nd, the state in Ireland was the English state until 1707 and the British state thereafter.

But IHS had little to say about the British state as the central force in Irish history during the centuries with which it was allowed to deal. And a magazine dedicated to Irish history which did not take the state which determined Irish affairs as its subject simply did not deal with Irish history...

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From: Labour Affairs: Editorials
Date: April, 2012
By: Editorial
Title: Drifting Apart: Fog in the Channel for Britain
In last month’s editorial we pointed out the extent to which both labour politics and trade unionism have declined in Britain over the last twenty five years. What we did not say is that, at the same time we have been drifting further and further away from our north European neighbours, in our politics, economics and welfare policies and have slowly but surely been falling into more of a North American sphere of influence. This is true not just of Conservative, but of Labour politics. Not so long ago we were being assured that the ‘Rhineland’ model of capitalism, such as was found in Germany, was obsolete and was to be replaced by a more dynamic, finance-based and deregulatory form of capitalism exemplified in the United States and successfully practised by Blair and Brown in Britain. One hears less of that now, but more of the need for a housekeeperly approach to the national accounts such as it is practised in Germany.

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From: Problems: Articles
Date: April, 2012
By: Eamon Dyas
Title: Minimum Wage, Part Two
The first part of this investigation outlined the manner in which the concept of the minimum wage is being redefined in Ireland. It was shown that the idea which has come to dominate thinking on the subject is a different concept than the one around which it was originally formed in pre-First World War Britain. It was also shown that the Irish Parliamentary Party under John Redmond was non-committal on the idea of the minimum wage until it became a practical prospect after the governing Liberal party began to support the idea in 1909. Redmond and the Irish nationalists then adopted a policy of outright opposition which continued until the First World War during which time members of the Irish Parliamentary Party began to articulate a different opinion on the subject...

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: March, 2012
By: Editorial
Title: The Trouble With Democracy . . .
Democracy is no solution to the current economic problems of Greece, Ireland, etc. because democracy is the political medium in which those problems were generated. There is no ruling class which can be held to have brought about the economic crisis in its own interest, and which can be punished and overthrown as a means of overcoming the crisis. The economic system which caused the crisis was freely chosen by the democracy, insofar as anything is freely chosen in these things.

It might be said that the electorates did not choose to have mass unemployment, wholesale bankruptcy, and a reduction in their standards of living. They only chose the means which led to this end. But the means which seem to serve the purpose of the moment is all that is ever chosen by an electorate which acts freely, having overthrown its ruling class and having freed itself from hidebound tradition, superstition, and fears related to another would. Free action in the flux of the passing moment cannot have a long-term end as its democratic purpose...

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