New Situation, Old Order - Interview w/ Colin Coulter and John Reynolds
This week Diarmuid interviews Colin Coulter and John Reynolds about a recent article they wrote in Jacobin Magazine. They discuss the new government, Sinn Fein's new position, and the prospects for the socialist left going forward. Their article can be found at: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/fine-gael-ireland-green-sinn-fein-leo-varadkar-taoiseach Left Inside is a weekly podcast offering a critical look at news, politics and culture from the left. It is produced by members of RISE to stay entertained, informed and a little bit sane during lockdown. RISE is a socialist organisation in Ireland, find out more on https://www.letusrise.ie/ See you next week, cheers! Social Media: Twitter - https://twitter.com/LeftInsidePod Further Reading: Ireland's New Government Just Puts a Green Face on the Old Order - https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/fine-gael-ireland-green-sinn-fein-leo-varadkar-taoiseach --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ruptureradio/message
Episode 22: Sinn Féin and the 2020 Irish election, with Colin Coulter
Today we are joined once again by Colin Coulter, of National University of Ireland, Maynooth. You might remember Colin from way back in Episode 8. That was like. 3 years ago! I didn’t even know I’d been doing this for three years!But I wanted to ask Colin back on this week to talk about the recent election in Ireland. Because it turns out this wasn’t any old election in Ireland! In a stunning result, Sinn Fein, a party which probably more than any other symbolizes the troubled history that many Irish people would sooner forget, surged from the 23 seats it won in the 2016 election, to 37 seats. Now, considering that prior to 2016, Sinn Fein typically never had more than 4 or 5 seats, the momentum here is clear. But it is now the second largest party in the Dail, just one seat behind Fianna Fáil (38 seats). Yet Sinn Fein isn’t just a relic of Ireland’s Civil War history. While it is a party with a complicated and often contradictory set of ideological commitments, the 2020 election result (ironically!) suggests a major realignment of the Irish political spectrum, away from Civil War politics, and towards something much more like the traditional European left-right model.Colin Coulter is going to talk us through it all in just a moment. Before we get to the interview tho, Colin asked me to mention that he has a new article he has out, with Francisco Arqueros-Fernández, called “The Distortions of the Irish ‘Recovery.’” You can find it in the Spring 2020 issue of the journal Critical Social Policy:https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0261018319838912As ever, if you have any feedback, you can reach us on Twitter @occupyirtheory. If you like this episode, please leave us a positive review on Apple Podcasts, or your preferred podcast provider. This is an occasional show. Its free. We never ask you for money. But we do want to spread the word.
/107/ Ireland’s Return to History ft. Colin Coulter
On Ireland's elections. With Sinn Fein riding high in the polls, are we looking at an upset? Is this a populist upsurge in Ireland, finally, more than a decade after the start of the crisis? We discuss what Ireland's 'end of history' was like and how the 'Celtic Tiger' economy sustained it; and look at how the country was the EU's "model prisoner" of austerity. Are there new stirrings? And what are the prospects for unification?Readings: Mary Lou McDonald could take Sinn Féin into the political mainstream, Jason Walsh, The New European This Month’s Elections in Ireland Are a Historic Opportunity, Michael Taft, Jacobin The End of Irish History, Colin Coulter et al., Manchester UP (Edited book; pdf)
Episode 8: Colin Coulter on Ireland, Austerity’s “Model Pupil”?
Coulter & Nagle, Eds.On today's episode, we are joined by Colin Coulter, of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Colin is a Lecturer in Sociology, and he has an article out recently in Critical Sociology, co-authored with Francisco Arqueros-Fernández and Angela Nagle, entitled Austerity’s Model Pupil: The Ideological Uses of Ireland during the Eurozone Crisis.As some listeners may know, I have myself been working on a book about the role of culture in Irish austerity. And I’ve always found Colin to be a really great writer on this subject. He has a real knack for seamlessly blending together both analysis of the material dynamics of the Irish financial crisis, with a critique of the role of culture as force sustaining the legitimacy of austerity as the necessary solution. This cultural project is one being carried out by government institutions, to be sure, but also by a number of other cultural agencies that exist within Irish society, as they seek to orient Irish people better to understand their responsibility in causing the crisis.But Colin also has an analysis of how certain strains within the Irish academic left have perhaps enabled this process — namely by overlooking questions to do with the production of capitalist culture. Colin explains the role of capitalist culture in Ireland in a really accessible manner, so its great to have him on the show. I think you’ll really enjoy the interview.You can find a copy of Colin’s article on my Dropbox. Remember, if you like what you hear, please leave us a positive review on iTunes. As ever, if you have any feedback, you can reach us on Twitter @occupyirtheory. Enjoy the show!