Unsystematic discursions

Andrew McKinley
Unsystematic discursions
Created 01 Aug 2020
  • Giving the devil his due
    11 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    A long extract from Richard Whatmore’s helpful little book on intellectual history, in which he highlights that the ‘fashions of today are themselves the product of accident and unintended consequence...
  • Political community, civil war and secession
    07 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    As David Armitage shows in his Civil Wars: A History in Ideas our concept of civil war is as contested as the conflicts it purports to name. There is a basic sense in which it isn’t contested. We can ...
  • Lord of Ideas
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    The Battle of Marston Moor, John Barker Reading David Armtiage’s book on the history of the concept of civil war reminds that ideas are made for man, not man for ideas. It is we who use them, not them...
  • Revisioning, reversing and reviving: visions of Ulster politics
    08 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Last week was the first anniversary of the death of John Hume. The day was marked by many, using various superlatives, to recall Hume’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and the Belfa...
  • John Adams on the limits of British government
    14 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    On 16 February 1773, Thomas Hutchinson, Governor of Massachusetts, replied to the House of Representative’s response to his previous statement on 6 January. In it, Hutchinson claimed that Massachusett...
  • Irish unionism and self-determination
    02 Jul 2021 • 8 min read
    In a recent article by Vernon Bogdanor on the Northern Ireland Protocol, he argued, to various howls, some as far away as Tuscany, that Northern Ireland’s remaining in the UK was an act of self-determ...
  • The Contradictory Christ
    29 May 2021 • 6 min read
    Jc Beall begins his book on contradictory christology with a quotation from Tertullian's Treatise on the Incarnation on Christ: '…both man and God: on the one hand born, on the other not born: on the ...
  • Against the partition of Ulster
    28 Nov 2020 • 4 min read
    When, in 1916, the Ulster Unionist Council voted in favour of the principle of partition for the six North East counties, it did so unanimously. As a unanimous vote the delegates from Cavan, Donegal a...
  • The best of a bad thing
    20 Nov 2020 • 7 min read
    On 12th June 1916 the Ulster Unionist Council (U.U.C) accepted, for the first time, the idea of partitioning the six north-east counties of Ireland from a Dublin Home Rule parliament. It unanimously r...
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