In recent weeks I’ve started an interview series called Counterpoint, the byline of which is the Search for Wisdom Among Dissenters. Essentially the series will interview interesting people with alternative and credible viewpoints to the paradigm across local and global topics.
These will appear in Video on YouTube and in audio soundtracks in places like Spotify. Here are three in the first batch of Counterpoints that I’d recommend for our readers, each for different reasons.
Sinn Fein Dawn
This is Counterpoint with Ivan Yates where the next two electoral cycles are explored including the formation, policies and likely effectiveness of the next Government, a Sinn Fein dominated coalition with Fianna Fail under new leadership according to Ivan. We discuss the thorny issue of its ‘Wealth Tax’ which begins at €1m of all asset values and applies a penalty of 1%pa, so c.10% over two cycles.
Spotify (also available anywhere you can download podcasts): https://open.spotify.com/episode/3XQVHCmEfsF4cDvRpyrrsl?si=fa72e758b3a749aa
The Fall of Irish Media
This is Counterpoint with Kevin Myers an erudite, compelling and expert voice at the centre of Irish journalism for over 40 years including stints at RTE and a quarter of a century at the Irish Times. The story of his ‘cancellation’ is covered here as it fits his viewpoint. He outlines how he believes that we are moving towards a mechanistic, rules-based world run by the unelected mandarins above and beyond democracies, a 21st-century version of totalitarianism in which journalism is supine.
The Untold Story of the Biggest War in Irish History
This is Counterpoint with two historians, Prof David Gleeson University of Northumbria and Damien Shiels, on a conflict in which 250,000 Irishmen fought, most to save the Union in the Federal army 1860-1865. Both are published experts on the bigger period and discuss post Famine emigration to the USA into the boiling pot of military confrontation between the Confederacy in Richmond and the USA Government in Washington. To Irish audiences this is a largely unknown but fascinating period of vast social, economic and military change involving a host of interesting Irish characters, good and bad on both sides of a conflict that shaped the course of the 20th and 21st centuries.
I hope you enjoy these and get some fresh insights and would be delighted to hear some feedback which will inform how to proceed with Counterpoint and what dissenters to have on.