Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Failure of Austerity

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again...
The Future of Austerity II
It's too much madness to try going out on Saint Patrick's Day itself, so I took a moment on Sunday to enjoy an early holiday at a favorite local Irish pub, O'Reilly's in North Beach. They have a surprisingly good Irish kitchen. I had the Colcannon Boxty from their brunch menu -- a potato & kale 'pancake' topped by salmon and hollandaise sauce -- with a Smithwick's Irish Ale, a hearty Celtic lunch to be sure.
I'm seen here reading an article in The Nation on crippling austerity measures sending shockwaves through European societies, including Ireland which was an early harbinger of Collapse. It seems to be emerging more quickly than most but still is wracked by mass unemployment, outward migration, and an imploded real estate market. I've enjoyed my recent subscription to The Nation, a weekly reminder that the political order could better serve actual people rather than the corporate persons that dominate all resources these days.
In any case, a salute to The Irish whose fortitude, food and drink, storytelling, songs and general zest for life still inspires the World.

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