The game is rigged

The plan to postpone the payment of the Anglo Irish promissory note until 2025 is part of a wider attempt to save the asses of the banks by maintaining the fiction they are not insolvent. By Donagh Brennan.


Ann Pettifor has argued regularly that the problems in the British economy stem from the vast level of private sector debt, principally in financial institutions rather than with public sector debt.

The household tax boycott: The beginning of a revolt?

The household tax boycott is a sign that the Troika has finally gone too far in intruding on the internal affairs of Ireland while leaving the bondholders protected. By John Farrell Clark.

As the song goes from the musical, “the Music Man”:

“Well, either you’re closing your eyes

To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge

Or you are aware of the calibre of disaster indicated

By the presence of a pool table in your community.

Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,

I say, trouble here in River City.”

Acknowledging the tension inherent in clerical celibacy

There seems to be little interest in why clerical abuse has occurred and what it is within the Catholic culture that has engendered it. By Vincent Browne.

Clerical sexual abuse is inevitable given the meaning system that is taught by the Catholic Church and to which many priests adhere.

Contradictions in that system lead to failure, increase shame and a way of living that encourages deviant behaviour.