Feeble reality of Irish capitalism

Ireland’s weak economic base and reliance on foreign direct investment has defined our general self-perception just as Marx said it would.

Karl Marx famously said that the economic “base” of society determines its “superstructure” – the culture, politics, social institutions and so on. This has proved to be a compelling and often fruitful theory, even if its empirical justification is still …


Studying philosophy has taught me nothing except how to survive misery

I have developed a virtue ethics specifically designed to help you not only survive, but thrive in periods of low-level misery.

comment1When you are stuck in essay purgatory, your perception of the world changes. You burrow yourself like a little mole into your study alcove. Emerging on rare trips from your lair, the sky presses in oppressively, you glare enviously at …