Myth of Ireland's oppressive past
Published 29/07/2011 | 05:00
I WISH to support Kevin Myers regarding the nationalist myth of oppression prior to 1922 (Irish Independent, July 28).
A nationalist revolution will not lead to an open society but to the tyranny of compulsory conformity. Cultural pluralism, women's rights and human development all suffered post 1922.
Nationalism uses empty rhetoric to justify a fantasy rather than critical reasoning to analyse a problem leading to corrective action. Hate leads to tragedy for the bearer and the victim.