Are we doomed to continue killing with kindness?

I used that headline (No-one Can Predict the Future) just a few days ago, on a post on my Wordpress blog, dealing with a rather different subject: the inability of an individual to predict the way in which circumstances entirely beyond his or her control might alter his or her…

“Workers in meat processing plants may be required to use sharp tools and heavy machinery, at high speeds, under crowded conditions, for long hours, and on slippery floors — sometimes without adequate training. Workers who incur cuts, burns, or scrapes may be at particular risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. Meat processing…

Capitalism, Socialism and Conservatism are rooted in a pessimistic view of human nature. Liberalism is different.

This is, in part, a response to essays by Henryk A. Kowalczyk. But it is also provoked by various articles attempting to identify the alleged harm done by Capitalism, on the one hand, and the potential for greater harm that experience suggests will follow the adoption of Socialism. Within these…

As we face into a veritable hurricane of wild fires, floods and droughts, the time for a major change of direction is long past.

As is usual on a Sunday morning, I went for a bike ride earlier today. The roads around here are relatively free of traffic at that time.

I like to think of cycling through two different lenses: the pessimist and the optimist. The optimist powers up the hills anticipating the…

I grew up as the only male in an otherwise all female household. To begin with, it was me, my Mum and her Mum. My father was away serving in the RAF. When I was two he was killed in action. When I was four the first of my three…

All human life depends on it

“Thank you. Do I start on Monday?” I had just been offered an apprenticeship and couldn’t wait to begin my new life as an employee.

“Goodness, no. This will be your last long summer holiday. Make the most of it. Shall we say August 8th.?”

I’d been granted the day…

And why they, you and I probably shouldn’t

In the middle of the sixteenth century the English government decided to ‘plant’ English settlers in Ireland. The reasons were complex but certainly included the perceived need to expand the reach of the new Protestant religion beyond England’s shores. But it was also about reasserting the superiority of the Anglo-Normans…

Frank Parker

Frank is a retired Engineer from England now living in Ireland. He is trying to learn and share the lessons of history.

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