Sunday 20 August 2017

Liberal case for tolerance

Mr Sweeney is forgiving of the voters who elected Trump, an example of the unwelcome contrarianism that has greeted the widespread outcry following the election.
Mr Sweeney is forgiving of the voters who elected Trump, an example of the unwelcome contrarianism that has greeted the widespread outcry following the election.
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Eamonn Sweeney (Sunday Independent, November 13) makes a good case for sport being a window into cultures, especially those cultures which do not feature prominently in the arts and the media. I can also agree with him that liberals - be they politicians, artists or journalists - should do more to understand conservative working-class communities.

One of the common elements in Brexit and Trump's election is a sense that these communities feel that they have been dismissed by political and corporate leaders. These leaders have advanced the myth that change can only be positive, when in fact globalisation and technological advances have upended some comforts and certainties of working-class life.

Trump's election is salutary for Ireland. We could replace Europe for Wall Street, Dublin for Washington and the 'Dublin media' for the 'Clinton News Network', and we would have a line-up of villains around which anger could be mobilised against an out-of-touch elite. And I'm sure that, if a member of the so-called liberal elite were to follow the travails of a local GAA team on its journey to a county final, they would learn a lot about the values and culture of those who view this elite with scepticism.

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