Social Law In Ireland, the Current Crisis and the Emerging New Colonialism

In a recent report on the development of social policy and social law in Ireland (an annual report submitted to the Max Planck Institute for foreign and international law) I provided an interpretation, drawing a rather frightening outlook not only on the current power structures but going beyond, highlighting the resurfacing of a scary tradition, though some ‘agency’ changed. I contended that we may speak “of a second historical famine: what once appeared as crop failure but had in actual fact been a policy of famishment by the british colonial power appears to day as policy of mismanagement and greed by some superrich is actually a policy of famishment by policies in the global colonialising financial sector. Foreign, not least German capital established over a long time a dependency which is now extended beyond the climax of the crisis. It is still the foreign capital that, under the sheet anchor of the IMF and World Bank promises to act as savor of the economy but not urge towards a sustainable development Instead it opts for short-term oriented measures, systematically fading out the social costs.”

Will the current, i.e. be radical enough to recognise this and act sufficiently radical in elaborating its response?


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