where the ceremony was led. The event was organised to
acknowledge what had happened, to give thanks for the lives of those who
had been lost, to remember the injured and bereaved and to acknowledge
the unknown but immense number of acts of human kindness that had been
unleashed by the tragedy. The ceremony had been quickly arranged and its
liturgy prepared to include clergy representing many of the Christian
1937 and Friedman 1962 ), as a philosophical and political-economic school of thought it is ideologically grounded in the positivist, scientific religion expounded by August de Comte (1789–1857), inspired by the theories of Henri de Saint-Simon (1760–1825).
As Gray highlights ( 2003 ), insofar as neoliberalism derived from early and late forms of positivism, it also inherited their predisposition towards scientific-spiritual fanaticism. The spiritual roots of Comte’s positivist theory, for example, were his ‘religion of humanity’, replete with a liturgy
also about reconciling with responsibility in the conflict?
That just plays into the same
notion. In a sense, if you are a unionist and you say nothing is wrong
with Northern Ireland, that we always had the rule of law, that we were
always democratic and our sovereignty is British, then they are not just
the liturgy for defining what unionists are, but they also suggest there
was no valid reason for a