Miller: a rebel beyond Broadway

The undoubted coup of Daily Ireland’s early days was in attracting ude Collins away from his regular slot on page 2 of the Irish News. Today he writes on the man he sees as a quinntessential American rebel, playwright Arthur Miller.

He sees echoes in the paranoid atmosphere of Miller’s Crucible in contemporary Northern Ireland:

Criminality and evil, they say, and those who consort with criminals and evil-doers, must be cast out. The guilty ones in our society will be identified not by logic or legal process, but by the word of experts in such dark affairs. These experts cannot share their frightening knowledge with us because if they did it could destroy society. So they must keep what they know secret and we must take their word as to who the evildoers are and what they have done. If we don’t, our society is at risk.

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