The IRA as Wittgenstein's ladder

Richard Delevan is worth reading for good analysis and a round up of the reaction to Adams’ speech yesterday. He sweeps up the situation with a deft reference to one of the twentieth century’s more underated philosopher’s, when he compares the IRA in Adams’ speech to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s assertion of the need to kick away the ladder of philosphy once you reach your desired destination.

  • Henry94

    Ludwig Wittgenstein’s not much of a draw around here is he? Now if he had something tho say about a united Ireland soccer team we could make some sense of it. But ladders? I don’t think so.

  • IJP

    Wittgenstein committed his whole existence to working out the meaning of life and, having done so, committed suicide.

    Which is quite worrying, really…

  • The Devil

    Sinn Fein and IRA……. Snakes and Ladders

  • spirit-level

    It’s the terror of knowing
    What this world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Screaming ‘Let me out’
    Pray tomorrow – gets me higher high high
    Pressure on people – people on streets
    Turned away from it all like a blind man
    Sat on a fence but it don’t work
    Keep coming up with love
    but it’s so slashed and torn
    Why – why – why ?
    Love love love love love
    Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking
    Can’t we give ourselves one more chance
    Why can’t we give love that one more chance
    Why can’t we give love give love give love give love
    give love give love give love give love give love
    ‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
    And love dares you to care for
    The people on the edge of the night
    And loves dares you to change our way of
    Caring about ourselves
    This is our last dance
    This is our last dance
    This is ourselves
    Under pressure
    Under pressure
    Pressure

    Let’s get to it!

  • IJP

    Is that one of Wittgenstein’s, spirit-level?!

    Well, as the man himself said: ‘Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darueber muss man schweigen.’

    Or as I once said: ‘We all know the Germans speak backwards, but only the Austrians have the capacity to think backwards too’.

  • spirit-level

    IJP
    An early translation of his celebrated
    hunken doren album.

    I do like the idea of kicking away the ladder, once you’ve ascended the level. NO going back.
    Is that too Blair?