Karl Marx

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In many ways, today’s young people have never had so many opportunities. But youth unemployment continues to run at twice the average national rate, and many of Bertie’s Babies will not go on to college.

Most first-year college students came into the world during Bertie Ahern’s first year as taoiseach. They were born with The Spice Girls and Oasis pla(...)

Ping-pong: Minister of State for Financial Services – behind Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe – has the kind of charged argument that Matt Cooper revels in. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Listening to debates about the Apple tax debacle, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Karl Marx was right. Not about politics or economics but with(...)

Naomi Klein: the commitment to perpetual growth is incompatible with planetary limits. Photograph: Getty Images

‘The climate crisis, by presenting the species with an existential crisis and putting us on a firm and unyielding science-based deadline, might just b(...)

  Cpt Peter Kelleher from the 27th Infantry Battalion reading the Proclamation at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

‘Poblacht na hÉireann”: The speaker of these words, standing in front of Dublin’s General Post Office and reading from a proclamation, the ink was bar(...)

Johan Cruyff dribbling past Argentina goalkeeper Daniel Carnevali on his way to scoring a goal during the World Cup quarter-final on June, 26, 1974 in Gelsenkirchen in Germany. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Johan Cruyff, who has died in Barcelona aged 68, was the greatest European footballer of all time. He was also the principal architect of the modern E(...)

The former palace, dynamited in 1950, has risen again from Berlin’s sandy soil. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Cycling through central Berlin these days is a hazardous business. East of the Brandenburg Gate, what was once the Unter den Linden boulevard is now a(...)

Karl Marx: his warning that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce has modern application. Any populist government in Europe might succeed in raising growth with banking policies – but this make them so dangerous. Photograph: Imagno/Getty

Rereading John Weitz’s biography of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Banker, I noted some interesting parallels between the 1930s and now that I had not cons(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams admires his waxwork’s  well-groomed plumage. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Members of the Irish Beard and Moustache Association will have their own views, but my political beardies of the election are Fine Gael’s James Reill(...)

Lizzie Burns, an illiterate Irish woman who married Engels shortly before her death

Four words in a newspaper review of a 400-page biography. That was all it took to send Gavin McCrea on the trail of Lizzie Burns, a cotton worker fro(...)

Fr Raphael Annan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Raphael Annan: arrived from Ghana, 2014 When Fr Raphael Annan first mentioned to his father that he wanted to enter the seminary, he was told he(...)

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