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The Death and Rebirth of the Russian Economy

In the years before its collapse, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had an underdeveloped and horrifically mismanaged economy. The Russian Federation inherited the vast majority of this mess in 1991. With the collapse of the USSR, many well-to-do figures within...

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Judging 80’s Ireland

The long overdue apology by an Garda Síochána issued last month to Joanne Hayes, whose life was blighted forever by the almost forgotten “Kerry Babies” scandal, has triggered a thoroughly risible campaign to re-write recent Irish history. The...

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A Case against Ethnic Nationalism and Irexit

Editorial Note: A response to this article has been published in the Burkean Journal entitled “The European Neo-Empire: Why Louis Hoffman’s Analysis of the EU Falls Short” written by Peter Caddle. The Burkean Journal seeks to be a platform in...

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Mr. Martin’s Unprincipled Politics

The last few weeks have been difficult ones for many of Fianna Fáil’s representatives, members and supporters. It would long since have been clear to them that their party leader was not going to faithfully represent their expressed views in the national debate...

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The Curious Case of the Canadian Psychologist

One day I requested Jordan B. Peterson’s first book, Maps of Meaning, from the university library stacks. I already had an electronic copy and watched the whole lecture course, so the hassle was probably a waste of time, but I still had this strange impulse to...

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Why Ireland leans to the Left

One of the greatest pleasures for a student of politics is to encounter an informed citizen from a nation whose political system you have studied, and to discuss with them the situation there. Answers to the mysteries of Irish politics, however, can be hard to provide...

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A New Year, but not a New Trump

James Bradshaw analyses Trump's first year in office and points out some possible scenarios that we might experience during his second year as president of the United States. It’s been just a year since Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the...

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A Conservative Approach to Climate Change

Therese Friis questions the common policies and current energy sources used to combat climate change while arguing for another way to look after our environment. Global warming and changes in the environment are a threat that affects anyone who finds themselves...

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Book Review: The Strange Death of Europe

“Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide. Whether the European people choose to go along with this is naturally, another matter.” Thus begins Douglas Murray’s recent and controversial bestseller: The Strange Death of...

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Feelings Versus Freedom: The New Censorship

In response to the comments raised by the Minister for the Diaspora and International Development regarding John Waters' speech at the University of Notre Dame, Hugh Treacy takes to task the ever-increasing "feelings based" censorship. John Waters has been through...

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Book Review: A Conflict of Visions

“It would be good to be able to say that we should dispense with visions entirely, and deal only with reality. But that may be the most utopian vision of all. Reality is far too complex to be comprehended by any given mind.”  - Thomas Sowell A Conflict of Visions,...

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The Case for the Opt-Out Option

Donnchadh Curran argues that while leaving the Students' Union may not be necessarily a good thing, students should still have the chance to do so. A petition has been launched in Trinity, as many reading this will be aware, for a referendum which would enable...

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The Forgotten Refugees

He watched his children drown; his wife was eaten alive by sharks. This is not from the script of some Hollywood horror story. This is the story of how the Lazos, a family of Cuban refugees, met their end in the waters of the Caribbean. Their only crime was attempting...

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Israel, an Irrational Hatred.

The last number of years have seen the Middle East descend into violence, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Syria and a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In Africa, Boko Haram has terrorised northern Nigeria with massacres and mass kidnapping...

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We deserve a better CSC

Several weeks ago, the Central Societies Committee (CSC) voted against a motion calling for Dublin University Gender Equality Society (DUGES) to change their name to Dublin University Feminist Society, warning that such a change could “imperil” the future of the...

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Trump: A Herald of the New Conservatism

Donald Trump has been the elected President of the United States for a year. As inconceivable as it seemed to his opponents before his election, it is a fact. Their difficulty in coping with it is entirely their problem. What we as European conservatives should be...

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Irish Media Duplicity and the Halawa Case

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is only to clearly lay out the facts surrounding the Halawa case and to criticise its coverage by the Irish media. Every important piece of information I have stated is numbered and these refer to sources which may be found at...

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Free speech, BDS and the Israel Exception

In February this year Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) shut down a speech by the Israeli ambassador organised by the Society for International Affairs (SOFIA).  In September, members of SJP who also belong to Trinity People before Profit again demonstrated...

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State Funding of Newspapers is Fascism

Micheál Martin likes to think of himself as an ideas man. Most of his are bad, many are terrible, but his latest plot to bring the dying print media under state control represents a new low for him, and a giant leap along the road to serfdom. Fianna Fáil’s...

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Free Speech has a Cost

A phrase that seems to be growing increasingly popular amongst the regressive left these days is ‘free speech has a cost’, usually followed by a horrendously bastardised version of Karl Popper’s thoughts on the paradox of tolerance, or a link to that...

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Conservatism and the LGBT Movement

Paddy Manning, Douglas Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos and Peter Thiel. On Thursday 26 October, Aleyde Mangnan spoke at a debate in Trinity College Dublin entitled ‘This House Believes Conservatism is incompatible with the LGBT movement’. This article presents...

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The Built-In Revolution in Free Markets

Indy100, the Independent’s sort of sideshow for the less literate, was delighted with Ryanair’s woes last month. “Theresa May hails the free market hours after Ryanair cancels flights of 400,000 people,” it crowed, the implication obviously...

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A Letter to “Victimised” Conservatives

It is clear to most that there is a definite bias within academia and the media against all heterodox  beliefs, including, but not limited to, conservatism. As time has progressed, the voices on both sides of the debate have become increasingly more polarised,...

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Considering Cosgrave

Discreet as he was about politics in later years, the record of the late Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, and the platforms on which he stood, speak volumes for him. Indeed, his personal conduct and the values to which he fiercely held, could well be a template for a modern...

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The Myth of Angela Merkel’s Germany

In May, Angela Merkel declared that Germany could no longer rely on Germany’s strongest traditional allies - the United States and the United Kingdom. Instead, she confidently asserted that the destiny of the European continent was “in our own...

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Women in Surgery, Humans in Surgery.

Last year, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland set up a working group on Gender Diversity in Surgery. Professor John Hyland, president of RCSI, took to The Irish Times last week to give us an update. In an opinion piece titled We need more female consultant...

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The Modern Irish Identity that We Want?

There's a strange moment in childhood on this Island where you must learn that you are Irish. I knew it in my own life and got to witness its cycle again in my sister fifteen years younger. "Is Ireland in America?" she asked me, what a bloody question. She in her own...

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Socialism has failed, long live Socialism

As the collapse of Venezuela continues, the anguished cries of its people are not half as unbearable as the silence of international apologists for a failed ideology, Michael D. Higgins among them. We can expect much more ill-conduct should our political establishment...

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Katherine Zappone and the Cult of Youth

Last week, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, made the following comment: “Young voices must be the loudest in deciding our future.” As partial truths go, surely that is up there with the worst of them. Not only is it an egregiously...

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An Unjust Law and Ascough’s Dilemma

You wanna know what you need to make a basic 12-gauge shotgun? It’s pretty basic stuff. You need a metal tube, 18.5mm wide, and a screw will suffice as a firing pin. For further information go to YouTube and search for the word “slamfire”. I’m...

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To Turn Back From the Rubicon

Recent years have been a time of great upheaval for the Irish people. The greatest change has been that the cultural and political differences that once revolved around religious and national affiliations have now been realigned along the conservative/liberal fault...

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Read this Cartoon and Shut Up, Idiot.

Without a doubt, the most endearing thing about the modern progressive left is the way it thinks that it is the first movement in history to think things that most of us learn from childhood. This is complemented by its almost universal view that the world’s problems...

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Australian Referendum: An Inside Perspective

As I write my first article for this journal, I’m watching the ferries meander around Sydney’s Circular Quay and considering how a loose-lipped drag queen ended up prompting my latest visit down under. In early 2014, Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) laid into members of...

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Are You Liberal or are You Kind of Liberal?

‘I’m a believer of free speech.’ ‘I don’t judge.’  ‘People should be allowed to express their opinions freely...’ This is the current soundtrack to today’s society. It’s quite a beautiful tune, truth be told. To survive the marathon that often characterises our daily...

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When Even Sports Become Political

If you were hoping to relax and enjoy a nice game of football, beer in hand, chanting the national anthem with your homies to get away from the over-politicised world we now live in, think again. That old flame was reignited with President Trump's comment about NFL...

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PBP’s Disgraceful Action

It is more than clear that we here at The Burkean Journal have our ideological differences with Trinity’s People Before Profit, as we do with many other students’ societies and communities around the college. We do not dispute PBP’s right to...

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From the Editors: Welcome to the Burkean Journal

It is a great pleasure for us to be writing this first editorial of the Burkean Journal and to welcome you all to this project which is no longer just an idea, but a reality. And though we cannot say that with the magazine’s launch we’ll be starting a...

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Electability Lost, Principle Regained

The recent controversy surrounding Tory grandee Jacob Rees-Mogg was illustrative of the difficulties which the issue of abortion presents to pro-life people who wish to advance politically, but it also pointed to how such figures can re-assert moral principles which...

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A Letter to Western Europeans from Poland

Dear Europeans, Do not be fooled by the ideology of this new utopian neo-socialism highly promoted by the EU which in our opinion, it's pure robbery. It is a product of an old ideology built on violence and thus intolerant of any discussion. For centuries, most state...

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Again… A University is not a Safe Space

In a recent debate at the Oxford Union, Peter Tatchell spoke in support of the motion "A University Should Not Be a Safe Space". The gay rights rights campaigner justified his rejection of such a policy by claiming that it would allow a self selected group of people...

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Being a Populist in an Age of Elite Disdain

The ideology of the elites is now actively opposed to the ideology of the masses. The word populism is now most commonly seen wielded as a cudgel to beat down those people who express views that think to set foot outside the rigidly structured and contained debate...

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We Need a Genuine Abortion Debate in Ireland

Pardon the pun, but I could write this entire article about the misconceptions circling the abortion debate in Ireland right now.  Tune in to the mainstream media for even the shortest time and you’ll get the impression that every last women in Ireland is begging our...

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Reclaiming the History of Irish Catholicism

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984 Every so often, a story about Ireland appears in the international media which makes reference to Ireland’s transformation from a conservative Catholic...

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The Little Mermaid is already feminist

The author Louise O’Neill is to release what is being described as a ‘feminist retelling’ of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. “Fairy tales have a dubious record when it comes to representations of women,” Lauren Fortune, editorial director for the...

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