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Gaffney, Frankie: “Dublin Seven”

Albert Camus, in his wonderful, Create Dangerously, questions how realistic art should be. He imagines how unsatisfactory it would be to observe a camera following a person around all day, every day. Meaning, for Camus, lies in expressing the parts … Continue reading

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The Importance Of Irish Neutrality

Imagine, for a moment, every sovereign nation-state implementing a neutral foreign policy akin to the one we have in Ireland. The world would undoubtedly be a more peaceful place. The drawback is that respecting sovereignty without restriction enables governments to … Continue reading

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Arendt, Hannah: The Origins of Totalitarianism

This is the definitive book on the twentieth-century totalitarianism that Arendt split into what she referred to as the “three pillars from hell”: namely anti-Semitism, imperialism and racism. It is particularly important to explore how she defines each of these … Continue reading

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Abuelaish, Izzeldin: “I Shall Not Hate”

This is the crushing life story of Izzeldin Abuelaish and his family. Born in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1955, Abuelaish qualified as a medical doctor against all the odds. From an early age, he has sought … Continue reading

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Huxley, Alduos: “Brave New World”

Got a gramme of soma? You do? Excellent. Well, strap in and fade out. Scottish techno wizards Slam were so taken with the designer drug in Brave New World that they named their illustrious label after it.  In a letter … Continue reading

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Sakwa, Richard: “Frontline Ukraine. Crisis In The Borderlands”

Professor Sakwa views the current conflict in Eastern Europe as extremely serious, likening it to the turmoil that took place in the Balkans before the outbreak of World War One. Sakwa, welcomely, challenges the liberal doctrine of the West in … Continue reading

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Fromm, Erich: “Escape From Freedom”

Fromm has some interesting perspectives in his quasi-psychological assessment of the post-World War Two geopolitical landscape. The first half reminded me of Siedentrop’s “Inventing The Individual” in its analysis of the part that religion has played in putting the focus … Continue reading

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