In an article entitled "I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me" the author writing under a pseudonym for fear of reprisal outlines how he and colleagues have taken a hatchet to their syllabus for fear of offending snowflake students. It is no laughing matter, as he outlines if you want to keep your job this is what you have to do. That is crazy shit when you consider it is authors like Edward Said and Mark Twain. The crazy gets worse when you read about a Yoga class being denied citing “cultural appropriation” of a non-Western practice." - What? Based off of one single complaint of cultural insensitivity everyone suffered. Let's not stop there. Oxford University - Yes, the foundation of English education excellence and 'elitism' denied an abortion debate as it was two men doing the debating. Fecking Jesus H Christ 'Snowflakes' where is the cotton wool you can bandage yourselves in just in case you happen to have an intellectual growth spurt. In America, they have 'trigger warnings' on the cover of classic works in case people have a 'distressing event.' Of course, America does take it to a whole new level, and it would seem exceptionalism has been replaced, by a race to the bottom rung, of the educational ladder.
Over the last two decades and accelerating, the entire traditional class system has been under a top-down pressure. More of the working class are finding themselves as Precariat. The Middle Classes compressed into a form of Working Class. I am establishing the context in a purely monetary narrative. A relentless force shrinking financial worth, austerity measures placed on citizens, has produced manifestation in society ranging from riots, civil unrest, a rise in racism and in general, a voice that it cannot continue.
Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials, overseas market and land of investment. This country was established through uncivilised means, in a process filled with the tears of the aboriginals. Even with a scarce population and vast land, Australia has disputes with other countries over territory. It claims nearly 5.9 million square meters of land in the Antarctic, accounting for 42% of the continent. In order to back its territorial claims, Australia even brought up the activities of the British in the Antarctic as evidence.
There is so much clinical material available for the study of psychopaths when we are talking about individual people. The Mask of Sanity by Hervey M. Cleckley. In his book, he discusses many masks of the psychopathic person. Scientists, Physicians, People of the world and even Psychiatrists. However, what of the Psychopath as a country? Dr Andrew M. Lobaczewski in his groundbreaking work started that journey in his book, A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes.
While Russia became more democratic or at least a Russian version of democracy; most of the countries around the USSR sought their freedom via nationalism. There is some hypocrisy in how the West views nationalism. If the Ukraine, Poland and Georgian use nationalism even while some are hotbeds for neo-Nazi organisations; this is fine and dandy as you are leaving the USSR. It is even fine to create a new neo-fascist regime if you happen to be the EU in cahoots with NATO. Now that Russia has discovered that going all warm and fuzzy letting countries get on with it; has created the new German-dominated restricted sovereignty state. It has rediscovered a nationalistically inspired want, but of course, that according to the US/NATO/EU is the wrong kind of nationalism.
Since the birth of the "great" USA, it has managed to clock up 222 years spent in some version of a conflict. Two hundred and twenty-two years out of its meagre 239-year history. What is, even more, telling about this supposedly great nation is how quickly it has entered the final stages of the lifecycle of an Empire. America has the propensity to disregard actual history instead opting to write their own. Broadcasting far and wide using the philosophy of "A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes." American propaganda is so intense that in the minds of many people, it is simply a historical context. We even see academics, historians, and general papers solidifying many American untruths creating plausible lies and false truths.
Today is the 12th of July, and the Orange Order is lighting their bonfires and preparing to march. The Twelfth (also called Orangemen's Day) celebrates the Victory of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic King James II. Eighteen locations around the Northern Counties will see marches, Union Jacks and St George's Crosses. Bonfires will also be lit, while waiting for the haphazard spark they are adorned with the Union Jack normally set atop the towering structures, however, when they are set to be lit, the flag is changed for the Irish Tri Colour.
In 1381 people had had enough of over taxation political tensions were at boiling point. State coffers depleted with financing the Hundred Year War against France. Weak leadership in London further disenfranchised the population. John Bampton, a revenue official brought the final straw, venturing to Essex on May the 30th 1381. His attempts to collect unpaid poll taxes in Brentwood ended in a violent confrontation, which rapidly spread across the south-east of the country. A broad spectrum of rural society, including many local artisans and village officials, rose up in protest, burning court records and opening the local gaols. People had simply had enough. What transpired was the Great Uprising or the Peasants Revolt. The rebels sought a reduction in taxation, an end to the system of unfree labour known as serfdom and the removal of the King’s senior officials and law courts.
Every cloud possesses not just a silver lining but one cast in EU GOLD; we sit on the edge of one of the world's largest trading partners, we are in the driving seat to prosperity, and other countries will be thinking the same thing. We cannot allow Ireland to be pinched at the post by the indifferent, begrudgery, cynical, mind that it too often suffers with, turn the tide while lifting this nation to new heights. Untold prosperity is just there, on the horizon Carpe Diem
One of the biggest issues in creating a better society, a more progressive policy foundation, is voting for the right political party. However, the perception of the greater percentage of (voting) public the not disenfranchised, is that rests with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. It is an unfortunate fact that all the independent parties have fractured foundations. Even semi-mainstream parties such as the Greens historically do not sit well with the voting public. Too green can be just as detrimental to society as too left or right wing. We start to venture into the realm of looking for that middle viewpoint road.