Antony McIntyre enters the blogosphere…

Anthony McIntyre is a very welcome addition to the still tiny Irish political blogosphere. Whether you agree with his views or not, his work has brought respect from a range of opinion, albeit some of it grudging. It’s no coincidence that his strapline is a no doubt carefully chosen quote from Carl Jung: there is no coming to consciousness without pain. To which I might add, an appropriately Republican twist: long live Northern Ireland’s Dissenters… There’s just a couple of previously published articles on their at the moment, but hopefully he’ll take this mention as a nudge in the right direction! H/T Perci!!

  • the blanket was a great read.

    Good for you Anthony! Was he unable to get the blanket up and running again? Perhaps in the near future – does anyone know?

  • the blanket was a great read.

    o its there again also.

  • perci

    I think mackers too self-effacing to describe himself as “the last of the republicans” ( last of the mohicans ) but he’s essential reading; and probably the deepest thinker online.

    If you want to “understand” republicanism; McIntyre won’t let you down.
    Brian Feeney is a diligent pupil I’m told 😉

  • It all looks interesting but are we allowed a wee smile that his three posts so far have consisted of two obituaries and one piece entitled ‘Republicanism…Alive or Dying’?

  • DC

    I dunno, but I can’t take anymore of this fuel poverty is a terrible blight on society ahhhhhh

  • Comrade Stalin

    Brian Feeney is a diligent pupil I’m told 😉

    Indeed, maybe that’s why the SDLP kicked him out.

  • perci

    Comrade, probably the best thing that ever happened to Brian “the blessed” Feeney 😉

  • perci

    Comrade Stalin, Mick, anyone.

    Do you know if Feeney and McIntyre have met? Are there any resources online? Debates/archives etc.

    See I believe that Feeney is to Unionism what McIntyre is to Republicanism.
    They both have superb insight into the mindset and psyche of these two beasts.
    They lift the lid and peer within with a shining torch, exposing all the hypocrisies, game, tricks, cons, dodges, with the precision of a surgeon.

    Its almost machievellian.
    If you want to know about Unionism, ask Feeney.
    If you want to know about Republicanism, ask McIntyre.
    Good equation that !

  • Garibaldy

    Always regarded Feeney’s comments on unionism as being little more than the expression of how bigoted bourgeois Catholics like to see everyone else while missing the beam in their own eyes.

  • perci

    That’s a lie garibaldy, I think he rattles their cage, and they don’t like it up em !

  • Comrade Stalin

    See I believe that Feeney is to Unionism what McIntyre is to Republicanism.

    I don’t see a similarity. The SF types hate McIntyre; he stands up to point out the faults in other people who claim to share the same goals that he does. Feeney isn’t a unionist criticising his “own” camp, and he’s not well-informed about the insides of unionism in the way that McIntyre is about republicans. He’s an ultra-nationalist with a very bitter outlook on things. He doesn’t go after other nationalists.

    I would say that Duncan Shipley-Dalton or similar would be the unionist version of McIntyre.

  • HighPlainsDrifter

    I’ve always found Anthony McIntyre’s postings to be disapointing and at times irksome. For a guy that did step up to the plate and clearly has a strong intellect his articles tend to simply disintigrate into Sinn Fein bashing, particularly of Gerry Adams. It’s clear that at the time he was a volunteer he lost the argument and Adams’ one, perhaps he’s jealous of Adams’ influence in the movement. The most disapointing aspect is that mostly McIntyre is correct but instead of offering a credible alternative he simply attacks the Sinn Fein leadership ad nauseam. He could ‘win friends and influence people’ if he projected a more positive mantle and offered Republicans a genuine alternative.

  • An Lochlannach

    The title of McIntyre’s blog(‘The Pensive Quill’) is the most pretentious I’ve heard for some time. Is it logical to ascribe thought to an inanimate object? Maybe we could have more, like ‘The Bashful Keyboard’, or ‘The Anxious Bookmark’.

  • Garibaldy

    Actually Perci, it’s an opinion, which you may consider mistaken. But then, if you think a someone who was a member of the Provisionals at their most sectarian and anti-socialist like McIntyre understands the philosophy of Tone and Connolly, then I don’t really trust your political judgment.

  • URQUHART

    Ciarán: “It all looks interesting but are we allowed a wee smile that his three posts so far have consisted of two obituaries and one piece entitled ‘Republicanism…Alive or Dying’? ”

    I noticed that myself.

    Also, why has he got a headstone in his living room? I’m serious – look at this profile pic.

  • The Dubliner

    For an intelligent man, Anthony McIntyre has some spectacularly stupid ideas. Intelligence isn’t what compelled such people to join sectarian murder gangs as a means of advancing ends that could only be retarded by the means. Hatred is the primary force in that depravity. McIntyre, of course, is free to delude himself as he sees fit, even if he must do so by pretending that his murder gang of choice was in any way comparable to the old IRA or that the squalid sectarian squabble in the North was comparable to the Ireland War of Independence, which achieved a sovereign parliament, independence (declared in 1949), and self-determination in the absence of alternative means. The old IRA fought for the right of the people of Ireland to decide their own destiny. Once achieved, they decided they would unite the island by exclusively peaceful means. PIRA completely opposed the right of the people of Ireland to decide their own destiny, ignoring their decision and attempt to overthrow all that the old IRA achieved. Those fascist thugs are the antithesis of republicans. Although I may stand corrected on the ‘Intelligence’ remark if it is prefixed by the word British.

    “Is it logical to ascribe thought to an inanimate object?”

    I refer you to the example of James Molyneaux.

  • Debbie

    “Also, why has he got a headstone in his living room? I’m serious – look at this profile pic.”

    That is not a head stone it looks like one of the heavy wooden celtic crosses they used to make in the kesh. Lots of people have them, though not usually in the window but on a shelf somewhere more discreet, but it could be there for the purposes of the picture.

  • perci

    any excuse for an anti-IRA rant dubliner. I’m sick arguing with you; but it was NOT sectarian.
    It was a fight primarily against British occupation.
    I don’t think you’re even going to get this point.

  • perci

    oops took the bait again from the dub.. for the very last time.
    Now Comrade and Highplainsdrifter ( cool nick ),
    I meant to imply that I enjoy these critics; these two Feeney and McIntyre annoy people, get up people’s noses IMHO that’s as a result of their insight.
    Whereas Kevin Myers simply annoys as a result of his arrogance and stupidity.
    That’s the difference.

    Garibaldy we’re not going to agree, as its my opionion that loyalists were sectarian, not republicans.

  • URQUHART

    Debbie: ” “Also, why has he got a headstone in his living room? I’m serious – look at this profile pic.”

    That is not a head stone it looks like one of the heavy wooden celtic crosses they used to make in the kesh. Lots of people have them, though not usually in the window but on a shelf somewhere more discreet, but it could be there for the purposes of the picture. ”

    I don’t know. It looks like a headstone to me. And he is obsessed with death, so it stacks up.

  • ulsterfan

    McIntyre is worth reading, but is hard work at times because of his prose style.
    Why use 10 words when he can easily find 20 to say the same thing.

  • Debbie

    URQUART you are funny, does anyone know why he has a blog as well as the blanket? Are they still the owners of the blanket? Perhaps they’ve sold it on, or its got new management or something like that.

    Otherwise why blog, and its been up dated, with a new blog header to anthony mcintyre and friends.

    (ps urquart, don’t know if they are all dead friends though – could be lol)

  • Garibaldy

    Perci,

    I’ll tell you what. Explain to me how the killings of ordinary Protetsants carried out by the Provisionals – especially during the 1974-5 ceasefire when people of McIntyre’s generation (including most of the current leadership) were at their most active – weren’t sectarian and then maybe we can talk about the philosophy of republicanism.