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The Trees Swallow People: Part 9
It had been days since we were trapped. What little light was managing to penetrate the forest of people outside my windows came in stages of intensity; soft bars in the morning, sharp beams by lunch, and an illuminating haze by dusk before quickly plunging the house into darkness. It felt like we skipped Summer with how early night came.
What Can Be Done To Resist The Abuse Of Political Power?
This essay was written and entered into the 2022 Hubert Butler Essay Prize. Due to competition T&C, it could not be published until now but was written back in May 2022. Developments since then obviously could not have been foreseen.
The Tale of Yuri
There was once a country in Europe. A country where a man called Yuri lived. Yuri was raised by hard working parents who wanted him to go to school and learn. In school, Yuri realised he had a talent for creativity. He excelled in Composition, Art, and Drama. He would later graduate early and go on to study performing arts in a prestigious university, where he graduated with distinctions, praise from lecturers, and with agents, managers, and producers begging for his time.
The Ethical Problem Of Minions; Are They Evil?
Canonically, the Minions never served Adolf Hitler. In "Minions" (2015), the Minions are stuck in an ice cave between the years 1812 and 1968. Quickly doing some Pop-History, that means not only would the Minions comfortably avoid Hitler and the existentially terrifying image of little yellow blobs pushing people into gas chambers, but as a nice bonus it means the can say they weren't tempted to aid the rise of other despots like Stalin, Mao, or Pinochet.
The End Of History; The Liberal Lie Promoting Conservatism
Rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges. - George Carlin "The End of History" is the term coined by political scientist Francis Fukuyama in his 1989 essay of the same name (though phrased as a question; The End of History?), in which, with the prediction that the Soviet Union with would dissolve, the struggle for the peak human society will officially come to an end, with Liberal Democracy (aka the "West") reigning as the winner.
The Trees Swallow People: Part 8
We're supposedly social animals, cooperative, empathetic. I'm not the most exuberant person, but I like to think I'm agreeable and can hold a conversation. I like my own company, apart from Diva's, of course. But in Dundalk, before I moved up here, I would have met up with the lads, grabs a few pints, get chatting. The lads aren't in the country any more. I'm kind of glad they're not.