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Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism

Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism

Miscellaneous
Luke Murphy
It was a sign of the speed at which events were moving that Hannah Arendt’s 1951 ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’ was remembered, republished and sold-out so soon after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and the referendum to leave the European Union in the United Kingdom. It is now three years on from both events, and I assume everyone who went online to buy it has completed the 600 pages that would be so much more if it wasn’t for the tiny font of its exhaustive footnotes ...
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Women's Life and Work in the Southern Colonies

Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies

Miscellaneous Joseph Kaminski The idea of studying history through a feminine perspective is an interesting, albeit modern, one. With so much of our world’s history being recorded, translated, and basically dominated by men, it is no surprise that the notion of women’s history didn’t come around until more recent events in our society. The first, second, and now third waves of feminism have implemented new thoughts in history—causing the subject itself to be rewritten from an entirely new perspective: one through the records of women. Although individual women had been making striving steps to record their own personal histories from the very beginning of American history, we as a society lacked an organized effort to approve of, research, and analyze ...
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The Idea of Travel

The Idea of Travel

Miscellaneous Benny Callaghan I have recently had the privilege to travel to a beautiful and far off country. During this trip I have done many enjoyable things; the type of which I would not usually have the chance to do and which could well be described as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I have seen marvellous sights, eaten good food and met at least one or two interesting characters. All in all a fairly positive thing to have done, wouldn’t you think? But why then do I feel as if this adventure has been at times a long drawn out progression of one generic holiday-activity after another, punctuated by brief stops amongst beautiful scenery and cosy restaurants? This feeling of monotony has followed ...
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The American Bombardment of Laos

The American Bombardment of Laos

Miscellaneous Zack Breslin “This isn’t a war,” said the artilleryman. “It never was a war; any more than there’s war between man and ants.” – H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds I recently began reading H.G. Wells classic novel “War of the Worlds”. In the book, alien invaders from Mars land on planet Earth and begin to wreak havoc, indiscriminately killing all they encounter. The military weapons of the Earthlings are no match for the Martian’s heat-rays and the invaders turn every bush, building and person they encounter into blackened skeletons. As the invasion unfolds we are given no reason for the Martian aggression against planet Earth. The people in the book are left wondering why they have been ...
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The Ineluctable Modality of The Barca

The Ineluctable Modality of The Barca

Miscellaneous Ciaran Breslin FC Barcelona, as their fans like to remind you on a regular basis, is more than a club. This is partly a political implication; tightly bound up as it with the Catalan identity and ever evolving relationship with independence. But it also refers to how it makes the 1.6 million people who live in the city feel like a small community. It’s a cliché but it’s absolutely true to say this city is football mad. Everyone has an opinion, everyone is grumpy after a big loss, everyone loves to talk about what they almost exclusively call “The Barca”. In the three weeks between the first and second leg against PSG, I watched the mood go from utter ...
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Ode to a Rotten Morning

Ode to a Rotten Morning

Miscellaneous Dragoon Babic Shiver-me-limber. It’s morning again and I’m cold. This blanket is tucked around me like the skin they wrap around sausage meat. My arms are clenched tight to my chest and I am all of a sudden conscious of the lack of warmth in my right ear. It’s cold. It’s dark-winter-morning cold. My exposed extremities are desperate for the warming embrace of a sympathetic soul. A parent or a lover who might provide a less traumatic transition from dreams into reality. Someone who could rub my blood warm. Instead I wake up to the morning felicitations of this dank and dreary room; coughing with a suffocation brought on by the primordial patches of damp that have enveloped the ...
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The Land of the Rising Pun: Dispatches from Japan

The Land of the Rising Pun: Dispatches from Japan

Miscellaneous Shamuske Cassamura Fireworks festivals, earthquakes, early morning missile warning wake-up calls, all-you-can-drink bars, crap Irish bars, excellent Goth bars, a Reggae bar that is more like a house party back home, the never-ending awkward bow competition and don’t forget a month of making sure my desk is warmed to the most perfect temperature while I eagerly await the start of the new school term. I’ve lost weight, joined a flash mob, been busted by hotel security in a restroom (you can fill in the gaps), made a whole new network of friends in a short amount of time, visited ancient shrines, taken an escalator up a mountain, had a coffee made for me by a vending machine with a ...
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