Monday February 17, 2020

Steady Eddie, politicians and the lash

Thomas Hobbes, that 17th century soundbite man, invented the phrase “nasty, brutish and short'‘.

3rd September, 2005

It comes from his 1651 treatise Leviathan, a vision of society based on a contract between the ruler and the ruled, motivated by a desire for economic welfare - with all power devolved to a chosen sovereign. Modern politicians, one suspects, would like a little more of that action.

Eddie Hobbs may not be a political philosopher like his near namesake, but his vision of aspects of Irish society in Rip-Off Republic (RTE1) has been described...

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