Monday 19 February 2018

Dail protest mob channel sinister spirit of Trotsky

The Russian revolutionary was a pitiless and ruthless leader who glorified violence, writes John-Paul McCarthy

There are many compelling reasons to be frightened of the unseemly mob who tried to storm Dail Eireann last week.

One might instance here their contempt for the right of parliamentarians to go about the nation's business without molestation, their attempt to intimidate gardai, or their bizarre attempt to extend solidarity to the Greek proletariat, one of the most unproductive and clientelist workforces in western Europe.

These are all weighty issues to be sure, but the intellectual tradition to which these sea-green incorruptibles give their noisy allegiance is, in many ways, the most disturbing factor of all.

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