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Brendan Keenan: What was once heresy is now a part of mainstream thinking

Published 05/01/2012 | 05:00

THERE are no atheists under fire, runs an old soldiers' proverb. The heavy bombardments of the financial crash have certainly seen some remarkable conversions.

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The most obvious was the demand for sandbags of government cash from the captains of capitalism, when it became clear that this was all that could save their skins.

There is no point in getting too upset about human nature -- we all want to save our skins -- but this apostasy of the right, and the fidelity of the left to government intervention, has produced a consensus, widely shared in Ireland, which does require examination.

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