Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

All posts by Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

Long-time geopolitics and history enthusiast.

The New National Children’s Hospital Disaster

It is tempting to sigh and move on when you read about the new national children’s hospital fiasco – brushing it off as yet another mistake by an incompetent government in a country that rarely gets things right. In truth...

What’s Happening in Venezuela?

Amidst all the furore around Venezuela from all sides of the political spectrum, the reality of the situation is easily lost. Ask the average Right-winger and they’ll tell you that Venezuela is a totalitarian Communist state ruled by the evil...

GiletJaunes: What’s Happening in France?

The past few weeks have seen France wracked by severe protests. The worst protests since May of 1968 in fact. Back then they were so serious that the government feared a revolution and the entire economy of France shut down....

Burke’s Right Minds: Michael O’Dwyer Connolly – Pragmatist

Burke’s Right Minds is a project exploring and promoting viewpoints within the conservative intellectual sphere, jointly run by The Burkean and the Edmund Burke Institute.  I don’t actually like political labels. They’re restrictive, often poorly understood and regularly misinterpreted. All...

Book Review: The Decline and Fall of Western Art

I’m not an expert on the topic of art. I enjoy art. It studied art during my Leaving Certificate. I can conjure up mildly informed opinions on works of art I happen to observe. But that is where the expertise...

The Case for the Right to Move Left on Economics

The Right needs to move Left on economics in order to save society and civilisation.  Introduction: I wrote that title only to realise immediately afterwards that it will be practically impossible to read this piece without some opening explanation -...

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...

Israel Asserts Itself: Emulation or Condemnation?

I ask what the reaction would be if a similar law was passed here in Ireland (or any other European country), confirming Ireland to be the nation-state of the Irish people.

Helsinki Hardships: The Debasement of International Relations

The summit was always going to be a damp squib and so the timeless battle will continue most likely until one country collapses or suffers a major political upset.

Russian Ruminations: a Visit to the World Cup

These past weeks I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the Russian Federation and attending the 2018 World Cup. As one might expect, upon my return I have been bombarded with questions regarding the trip, ranging from the political situation,...