Hard to tell the difference between tragedy and farce

Patrick Murphy
They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Well, Karl Marx said so anyway and while deeply religious Ireland has traditionally ignored him, he may have a point. He argued that despite revolution, social upheaval or just plain bloody war, nothing much changes in most societies. The poor remain poor and power remains beyond them. A new elite rules when the old one has gone. His theory could apply to events here since 1969. While those now in power promised a bright, brand new day, the sad truth is that putting nationalists in government made little difference to[...]

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