A Political Walking Tour Of Dublin 2 ( Made In Ireland Owned By Shell)
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The "Lazy minds seek solace in Marxist cliches" debate.
"May you live in interesting times", often referred to as the Chinese curse, is reputed to be the English translation of an ancient Chinese proverb and curse. It is reported that it was the first of three curses of increasing severity, the other two being:
* May you come to the attention of those in authority. This is sometimes quoted as May you come to the attention of powerful people.
* May you find what you are looking for
There is no doubt that we in Ireland are living in interesting times especially when your ongoing project is to document what is going on in Dublin. There is also no doubt that many here in Ireland will come to the attention of those in authority. During the next five to ten years there is very little chance that the majority of the population will find what they are looking for so the need not worry about third curse.
Over the last few weeks I noticed a lot of bright red posters inviting the public to join a “political walking tour through the heartland of the golden circle”. The interesting thing is that John Waters of the Irish Times also noticed the posters but his reaction was slightly different to mine. I decided to go to Stephen’s Green to see what happened but John decided that it was not his intention to extend to this odious fixture the oxygen of publicity so I was not surprised that I did not get the opportunity to photograph him.
I have a feeling that John actually did a lot to promote interest in the event.
What actually happened:
On Saturday, October 9th, an organizing calling themselves the 1% Network organized a ‘political walking tour’ through Dublin 2 to highlight the gross inequality that lies at the heart of Irish society and to demand that the 1% pay their fair share. Stops along the tour included the residences of the super-rich, the headquarters of failed banks and the offices of the lobby groups that protect the interest of the 1%.
Note: One poster indicated that the walking tour would pass through Dublin 1 and 2 … we certainly did not visit Dublin 1 which is on the northside. I am fairly certain that we only visited Dublin 2.
At the time of posting this photograph John’s article ""Lazy minds seek solace in Marxist cliches" was available online at www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/1008/1224280632… have a read and see if you agree with him and then visit www.onepercentnetwork.org/
The Streets Of Dublin