Tag: Populism

Paddy Holohan and the Shape of Sinn Féin to Come

It would appear the more centrist elements of the Irish establishment have yet to learn its lesson with regards what to do with an electorally insoluble Sinn Féin. Aiming to test the old proverb, our media is attempting to flog...

/ 10/07/2020

Can Fianna Fáil be Co-opted

How does the right attain political power in Ireland? The options must be considered and the most efficient option adopted. There are small parties, which one could join and or vote for; or there are the established parties which could...

/ 20/11/2019

Elections, Europe, and Irish Freedom: A Talk With Hermann Kelly

The European Union is not the immutable behemoth it once was. The political bloc, although once appearing to be seemingly invincible, is starting to show its cracks. Largely as a result of the 2015 migrant crisis, as well as the...

/ 10/09/2019

Populism in Our Local and European Elections

A populist is defined as “a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of the ordinary people.” This may be one of the most abused terms in the history of politics. We in Ireland suffer...

/ 05/03/2019

Democracy isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Professor David Thunder is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Navarra’s Institute for Culture and Society in Pamplona, Spain. He is author of Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Twitter: @davidjthunder As Europe, the United...

/ 18/11/2018

Why Didn’t the Irish Rebel? Explaining Post-Crash Inertia

The question of how the Irish elite avoided being overthrown, if not publicly hanged, in the aftermath of the Great Recession must surreptitiously linger in the minds of those in the corridors of power to this day. Despite the recent...

/ 22/10/2018

Populism Is Not Destroying Democracy – It Is Democracy

Populism. If you listen to the mainstream media, you’ll know two things about populism. One, it’s on the rise after sweeping through the United States and making its way to Europe. Two, it’s evil and is single-handedly destroying democracy as...

/ 13/09/2018

Kevin Sharkey: An Ireland-First President?

Ultimately however, Kevin Sharkey is at the mercy of mainstream politics for the time being.

/ 09/08/2018

Abundistan: The Perception of Infinite Resources.

Everything, except perhaps human ignorance, is finite. A telling aphorism for sure, but in the matter of economics and governance, ignorance of finite means to meet our ends is the cause of many bad outcomes. Modern politics in the post...

/ 26/09/2017

Being a Populist in an Age of Elite Disdain

The ideology of the elites is now actively opposed to the ideology of the masses. The word populism is now most commonly seen wielded as a cudgel to beat down those people who express views that think to set foot...

/ 15/09/2017