Bring fact-checked results to the top of your browser search. The 20th century As the 20th century drew near in Irelanda new nationalist cultural revival stirred. It would come to be known as the Irish literary renaissance and would change modern Irish history, but first it had to make sense of the Irish past. More a fantasia than a history, it nonetheless introduced a new generation of nationalists to the myths and legends of early Irish history.
Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity.
None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. But economic rationality was never the point. The point was the restoration of class power. And, starting in the 's, the wealthy began to take back what they viewed as their birthright.
They did this by establishing institutions which sold the idea that human freedom was synonymous with market freedom: So, the ruling ideas were that freedom of the market, privatization, entrepreneurialism of the self, individual liberty and all the rest of it should be the ruling ideas of a new social order, and that was the order that got implemented in the s and s.
When they talked about freedom, it was freedom of the market. Neoliberalism generates little wealth. Rather, it redistributes it upward into the hands of the ruling elites.
One of the ways in which that extraction can occur is by creating new commodity markets where there were none before. For instance, when I was younger, higher education in Europe was essentially a public good. Increasingly [this and other services] have become a private activity.
Many of these areas which you would consider not to be commodities in the ordinary sense become commodities. Housing for the lower-income population was often seen as a social obligation. Now everything has to go through the market.
Those who possess the most value possess the most power. That power is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. And those hands take steps to protect themselves. They establish the structures they need to do that. In the end, it is all about coercing the masses. It's not difficult at all to go from freedom to fascism.
All that is required is to establish market freedom as the conventional wisdom. Once freedom is defined as market freedom, social justice goes out the window. And where social justice disappears, fascism takes its place.Hundreds watch Nobel poet Seamus Heaney laid to rest in Irish village which inspired much of his work.
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Fintan O’Toole has been an op-ed columnist for the paper since His column on political and social affairs appears every Tuesday. He also writes for the Weekend Review section on Saturdays. Ireland. The Voyage of Bran by Meyer Kuno  Old Irish saga of a voyage to the pagan Celtic otherworld, with parallel English and Gaelic.
The Second Battle of Mag Tuired (Cath Maige Tuired).
This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.
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