The Detestable Race. Beatrice and Sidney Webb In Ireland – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

For the last few weeks I’ve been doing some research on the complex origins of socialism as a political and cultural force in late 19th and early 20th century Ireland, which of course includes the significant influence of British thinkers and campaigners on developments here. Which led me to this observation on the Irish people by the acclaimed Christian-socialist author and reformer Charles Kingsley upon a visit to County Sligo from his home in England, writing to his wife from…

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These revelations from Mary Trump’s new memoir help explain why Uncle Donald sued to silence her – Politics Article

The book’s release date is set for July 14, but The New York Times was able to get its hands on the memoir a little earlier. Mary Trump, who is estranged from her uncle and reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement in connection with a settlement over her grandfather’s (Fred Trump) will seems to be ready to drag out a lot of skeletons from the Trump family walk-in closet, nondisclosure agreement or not. Here’s a fun one: Trump cheated on his SATs in order…

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Mount Rushmore then and now – Politics Article

The Washington Free Beacon has put together the SUPERcuts video below illustrating the Orwellian revision of Mount Rushmore. Past statements pretending to admiration are going down the memory hole. Oh, Big Brother Sibster. And don’t forget: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. If we didn’t understand before, we should be getting a handle on the importance of this axiom right about now now. Perhaps what we have here is progress of a kind. At this point the Democrats and their media adjunct don’t…

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Deja Vu All Over Again? – Politics Article

In my podcast with Fred Siegel a few weeks back about the rioting and deterioration of situation of New York and other American cities, Fred remarked that the real cause of our current trouble is that “the sixties never ended.” And a lot of people have been saying that 2020 reminds them of 1968—the year when everything went wrong and the country seemed to be on the brink of coming apart. It may be that history does run in cycles—that it…

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Dan Mahoney: Rejecting the culture of hate – Politics Article

RealClearPolitics has made available its Independence Day Series for publication with attribution. Below is Dan Mahoney’s column “What Does Our Nation Mean to Us? Rejecting the Culture of Hate,” followed by Steve Hayward’s podcast with Professor Mahoney on the themes of this column. Daniel J. Mahoney holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption University. He has written numerous books, essays, and reviews on statesmanship, religion and politics, totalitarianism, European and American politics, and the history of political thought.…

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The eternal meaning of Independence Day (2) – Politics Article

President Calvin Coolidge celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1926, with a speech providing a magisterial review of the history and thought underlying the Declaration. His speech on the occasion deserves to be read and studied in its entirety. The following paragraph, however, is particularly relevant to the challenge that confronts us in the variants of the progressive dogma that pass themselves off today as the higher wisdom: About the Declaration there is a…

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Stop Training Saudi Arabia’s Jihad Pilots, by Michelle Malkin – Politics Article

I’m glad the FBI was able to crack the iPhones of the Pensacola naval air base shooter, which confirmed that radicalized Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani had communicated with al-Qaida to carry out a “special operation.” Three young American patriots died in Alshamrani’s December 2019 attack. The more information we have to prevent the needless slaughter of U.S. military members on U.S. soil the better. But Attorney General William Barr’s announcement of the Pensacola jihadist’s unlocked…

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Wings Over Scotland | From the archives #14 – Politics Article

We were rummaging around semi-aimlessly in the vaults last night, readers, and we were rather startled to come across this: Shows what YOU lot know, eh? Wings, of course, is actually good at predicting stuff, so we DID see PM Boris coming, three years in advance: Unlike certain people we could mention. In that June 2016 article we were warning that a factionally-divided Labour were in no danger of winning the next election, although we were a few months out…

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Princeton’s president isn’t fooling the Black Justice League – Politics Article

I doubt that I agree with the Black Justice League about much. However, I agree with some of what it argues in this statement in response to the removal of Woodrow Wilson’s name from Princeton’s school of public policy. I agree that: 1. The Wilson-related name change is a “symbolic gesture” that does not address Princeton’s “racist status quo”;2. “Diversity training” would not accomplish anything;3. Princeton’s actions are a “cosmetic change”;4. Princeton has a racist past and a racist present;5.…

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Frederick Douglass speaks | Power Line – Politics Article

David Blight opens his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Frederick Douglass with the unveiling of The Freedmen’s Memorial in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1876. At the heart of Blight’s opening is his account and analysis of Douglass’s Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln at the unveiling. In the speech, Blight writes, Douglass “had named the pain and betrayal of ages. Now he entered the celebration….He recognized how deeply intertwined Union and emancipation had become, not least because…

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Progressives on ‘Moral’ History vs. Factual History – Politics Article

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announces introduction of public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal in Washington, D.C., November 14, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Here is something Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said this week: Latinos are black. . . . We have to have conversations around “colorism,” and we have to have conversations around the African and indigenous roots from which we come and how that’s reflected in systems of power. The above is gibberish — ahistorical, unscientific, pseudo-intellectual gibberish. In…

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‘Politicians will argue, they will fight over it and they will come up with reasons for not dealing with the past’ – Slugger O’Toole – Politics Article

Denis BRADLEY. (c) Allan LEONARD @MrUlster It was hoped that the Patten reforms would herald a new start for policing in Northern Ireland, but, argues Denis Bradley, the PSNI remains burdened with its legacy from the old RUC. Denis is a former vice-chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and co-chair of the Consultative Group on the Past. He was talking in the latest Forward Together podcast from the Holywell Trust. “In the setting-up of the PSNI, the new service…

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The Magnificent Chu Jian, A Modern Replica Of An Ancient Chinese Sword – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

Some regular readers might be aware of my interest in prehistoric and Medieval warfare, particularly during the Late Roman and Byzantine eras, and of course Ireland’s Bronze and Iron Age periods and the cross-over into the early centuries of recorded history. Aside from researching and comparing military traditions in the ancient world, such as the socio-economic phenomenon of our own féinnithe, I have a particular fascination with military equipment, notably body armour and swords. The two videos below were recently…

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Grant, Too – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) So much for the idea that “Confederate monuments” are under attack. Last night in San Francisco, left-wingers pulled down a statue of Ulysses Grant, the man who did more than anyone except Lincoln to preserve the Union and abolish slavery. Grant also, as President, did all he could to enforce Reconstruction and protect blacks in the South. He sent the military after the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina, worked to ensure passage of the 15th Amendment, and…

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They’ve Come For Washington | Power Line – Politics Article

This was entirely predictable, and now it’s happened. Anyone who thought liberals would be satisfied with demolishing the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson doesn’t know liberals. Last night in Portland, leftists destroyed a statue of George Washington: Portland wakes up to see what antifa did overnight. A century old statue of George Washington was toppled & set on fire with an American flag. “White fragility,” “Damn white men” & other messages are written on the moment. On…

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Official Sinn Féin – The Workers Party And Irish Journalism – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

Village Magazine, which has gained a reputation over the last few years for shining a light on some of the darker corners of Ireland’s recent history, particularly the military and political consequences of the 1966-2005 Troubles, has taken another look at the now well-documented – if rarely discussed – relationship between the Official Republican movement (the Official IRA and Official Sinn Féin; the latter becoming the Workers Party) and a number of high-profile figures in the Irish news media. While…

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