Category: Culture & Arts

You Should Be Wearing a Face Mask

Last weekend, while I was going about my everyday business in Dublin city centre, I came across a populist protest. Curious to see who was organising it, and what the group were protesting, I chased after the mass of banners,...

/ 12/08/2020

The Terrible Beauty of Pop Culture

The very first RTE television broadcast was transmitted on New Year's Eve 1961, and the first speaker was President Eamon De Valera. He expressed considerable foreboding regarding the new medium: "I must admit that sometimes when I think of television...

On the Devaluation of Education

When examining the uneducated and anti-intellectual nature of Ireland and Western societies, the main cause, as well as telescreen entertainment saturation, is mass education. Such is the opposite of actual education, and the deleterious effect of which was foretold by...

/ 04/08/2020

The Desecration of Croke Park

The Eid al-Adha celebrations held at Croke Park made a lot of people very, very angry. The sight of some 200 traditionally clad muslims, praying in their traditional way, on the sacred soil of the Gaelic Athletic Association stung the...

/ 01/08/2020

Will the Soul Survive Covid-19

The former Chief of Staff for Barack Obama’s White House once chimed ‘You never let a serious crisis go to waste’. Such thought is apt for the current global COVID-19 virus.  The response from various countries has been similar in...

/ 07/06/2020

Review: TFW NO GF: Scapegoating and Alienation in Late Stage Liberalism

Incel: The Career of a Concept  A spectre is haunting women, the spectre of the incel. Ironically coined by a woman, the term incel was invented in 1993, merely two years after the World Wide Web became available to the...

/ 20/05/2020

Eduard Limonov: A Late Obituary and Brief Eulogy

It is a cold evening in Moscow. A small group of misfit followers are gathered by an old brutalist style Soviet monument, dedicated to the revolution of 1905. They fly a set of flags, the offensive mixes of blue, black,...

/ 13/05/2020

Normal People: Lecherous Chad-Worshipping Fantasies on Full Display

I expected to detest Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’.  Arguably the most successful Irish writer of the 2010’s, her works have captured a key demographic: millennial women; not to forget the wine-gulping, perennially depressed older generations, vicariously re-living their spent youth...

/ 10/05/2020

Constructive Dialogues: Understanding and Misunderstanding the Gun Debate

Unquestionably, one of the most contentious issues in American politics is gun-control. Unlike other issues, such as immigration or climate-science, gun-related issues always appear after a serious shooting which often comes coupled with high casualties. When it comes to guns,...

/ 19/04/2020

Unintentional Homeschoolers

In a novel by the same name, we learn that the success of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is due in no small part to the two simple, but extraordinarily helpful, words emblazoned across the front cover: Don't Panic. ...

/ 31/03/2020