McMindfulness: The New Opium of the People

The HSE spent over 180,000 euro on mindfulness and 89,000 on yoga sessions over a three year period. Mindfulness is being vaunted as a solve-all intervention for a host of social problems, fits in closely with the individualised logic of capitalism, and diverts attention and resources from real changes that could improve people’s lives and challenge the economic system that governs over daily attacks on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

What Makes a Free Press?

The concept of a free press has always been pushed in capitalist society. Journalists and newspapers, we’re told, act as a force of neutral arbitrators, who bring the truth to the people and offer honest analysis of current affairs. This simplistic definition, however, hides the true nature of the so-called “free” press and, in the name of free speech, affords them freedom from criticism.

A Personal Experience of Getting Fitter

When I was younger, my dad tried to bring me to various sport clubs to peak my interest. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing. I tried them all and didn’t get anywhere serious until 2018. For me personally it had many positive effects and has overall improved my life over-all. Physical fitness is not simply an individual matter – it helps you improve your habits, and through this, have more energy and resolve to help your comrades and the collective.

Letter in reply to “Seán Mac Stíofáin: An Unyielding Revolutionary”

“I must be honest and say that, like many others, I disagree with what I read as an unfairly generous appraisal of an anti-communist republican.

If the provisionals talked in any sense of ‘socialism’ it was a socialism of defending the Irish working class from capitalism’s excesses perhaps, but quite separate to Marxist socialism as we would understand it, with its agenda of seizing the means of production and the eradication of class distinction.”

The 2000 Ton Co-Living City

The Dublin Inquirer recently reported on how the new Hendrons Co-Living scheme will be managed, based on planning documents – and the findings are quite shocking. Thermal imaging cameras will be installed, to measure occupants body temperature; this data will then be collected and analysed. According to the Management Plan, “anyone displaying a raised temperature will be advised to isolate for a period”. Additionally, the digitised access control system will limit entry to certain parts of the building, based on the number of people in the space.