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Omen of a post-republic: the demon child of neoliberalism
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

The omen of the demon child as ideal-type subject associated with the divinity of the market and neoliberal culture has already been prognosticated by deSade as the Libertine 'isolist'. This demon child is the incarnation of the rough beast of neoliberalism. DeSade is precisely on the same page as Herbert Spencer, Adam Smith and neoliberalism: 'survival of the fittest'; 'you eat what you kill'; the 'savage god' of Yeats's 'Second Coming'; 'a monstrous ideal of abstract animal power'. Yeats was a pre-Holocaust fascist sympathizer who diagnosed the social pathologies of modern civilization very well and favoured a Platonic restoration of sober, self-disciplined aristocratic Guardians. The Kantian-Sadean principles embodied by Kurtz and Juliette are the very hallmarks of how the financial crisis is managed by the Troika and by their local Auxiliaries, those who oversee the city on behalf of the Guardians.

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
The tragedy (and comedy) of accelerated modernisation
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

This chapter shows that the experience of modernity and modernisation in contemporary Ireland is illustrative of the end of history as interpreted by the Hegelian/Marxist dialectic, and its decomposition into eternal recurrence and stasis as interpreted by the Nietzschean/Weberian end of Irish history. Part of the tragedy of development in the magical/terrible Faustian world of contemporary Ireland is that the casualties of accelerated modernisation are swept away by a tide of events that the actors in the contemporary Irish tragedy have helped to set in motion. The Great Hunger is usually taken to refer to the Famine of the 1840s, but for Patrick Kavanagh, the famine is a scarcity of spirituality in the 'modern Ireland' of the 1940s. John Kenny and Pat Short say that their comedy is inspired by the forms of life they are familiar with in Ireland's 'in-between' towns.

in The end of Irish history?