Month: October 2018

Houses as Cars and the State of Dublin Planning

If you want to sell a car in the European Union, your offering has to meet quite a lot of very specific standards. For example, Commission Regulation 1008/2010, a six-thousand-word epic: “… concerning type-approval requirements for windscreen wiper and washer...

/ 31/10/2018

Blasphemy is Gone, Now Let’s Put Free Speech in Our Constitution

Although the repeal of blasphemy has passed, it is important to make the case why this is actually a good thing for the Right in Ireland. Instead of another blow to old ways and tradition, the Right should be looking...

/ 30/10/2018

Is the Peter Casey Surge a Sign of Things to Come?

In 1964, something remarkable happened in American politics. Faced with no real prospect of dislodging the incumbent President Lyndon Johnson, the Republican Party faithful threw caution to the wind. Instead of nominating a moderate such as New York Governor Nelson...

/ 29/10/2018

The Presidential Election: Winners And Losers

I must admit that my interest in the 2018 Irish Presidential Election was primarily one of an amateur psephologist rather than being driven by the politics of the contest or indeed the rather lacklustre candidates. The winner was never in...

/ 28/10/2018

Brazil’s Bolsonaro is Not a Threat to Democracy, He is a Threat to the Left’s Fake Democracy

“Power is like a violin, you take it with the left and you play it with the right.” This phrase  defines the decades old mix of socialist populism and crony capitalism behind Brazil's brand of democracy that is about to...

/ 28/10/2018

Peter Casey, Populism and the Anti-Establishment

This will merely be a short analysis of the entertaining results of the Presidential Election. As I write, the counting has yet to even begin. Despite that, what is clear is that a candidate polling at 1% for the majority...

Progressives Need To Hear Out Dissenting Viewpoints

This week’s passage of abortion into Irish law, according to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, represents “the culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades.” Quiet or not, a social and...

The Burkean’s Presidential Election Recap

Tomorrow, we go to the polls to elect a president, and the incumbent is virtually certain to be re-elected in a landslide. But let nobody tell you that this exercise in democracy has not been useful. At this point, let...

/ 25/10/2018

Love Éire, Keep Blasphemy, Vote No – But Not For Why You Think

Ireland is changing. Ireland is changing from what used to be a nation of small, rural communities into something akin to a satellite nation of the United States and the greater anglosphere, with all the trinkets and trappings of American...

/ 24/10/2018

My Days in Trinity: a Walk Around Campus

Trinity College has an special laudatory distinction: it is both one of the oldest and most beautiful universities in the world. Having spent four years there, I realised that one could often forget to appreciate its history and its aesthetics....

/ 24/10/2018