Communism, Eastern Europe, Fascism, Philosophy, Politics, Russia, Ukraine, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, United States

Confronting the great men of history

(Published in Village Magazine, June 2016) That there was something altogether more disturbing about Hitler’s Germany than Stalin’s Russia is often assumed. Perhaps it comes from the idea of Germany, the most intellectually and industrially-advanced country of its time, being led by an individual whose core belief was the annihilation of a substantial ethno-religious minority. By comparison the aspirational ends …


Fascism, Ireland, Poetry, Politics, Uncategorized

Under Yeats’s Shadow

(Published in Village Magazine June 2015) In Ireland literary deities hover over us like US Presidents carved into Mount Rushmore. It is a stirring thought that it isn’t philosophers, engineers, chefs, painters or even composers that summoned the Irish nation and gave us international renown, but poets. Yet conversely their looming presence barely registers; just as most contemporary Florentines scurry …