"The drb sustains a level of commentary on Irish and international matters that no other journal in Ireland and few elsewhere can reach. It deserves all the support that can be given it." X
Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

Small is Beautiful

Siniša Malešević
Much of the rhetoric of Irish nationalism focused on the idea of a small nation, oppressed by a larger one. The nationalism of the Balkan states, in contrast, tended to emphasise the idea of ‘greatness’, though in many important senses these were smaller polities than Ireland.
Jul 13, 2016, 08:34 AM

Which Doll is the Nice One?

Thomas Christie Williams
Empirical research has been employed in pursuit of moral goals, by demonstrating that a cultural practice is harmful to its victims. But should scientific evidence by accorded more weight than moral principles, for example the principle of the equality of all before the law?
Jul 13, 2016, 08:30 AM

What Is To Be Done?

Paul O’Mahoney
The philosopher Slavoj Žižek challenges what he sees as a facile left-liberal consensus, asking how many immigrants from Islamic countries really want to be integrated into the norms and practices of Western societies. What if the obstacle to integration is not Western racism?
Jun 9, 2016, 23:18 PM

Press Button B

A raft of books from the US suggests that as a society we have made a Faustian pact with the tech giants and there is now no getting out of it. But have we really lost all freedom of action? Could we not, individually, just turn off our phones for a few hours and go to the library?
Jun 9, 2016, 18:34 PM

Brexit: 1649 or 1688?

A review of the Brexit debate as reflected in the pages of the Guardian newspaper from May 1st, 2016
Jun 9, 2016, 18:25 PM

Response to James Moran

David Barnwell
A reader takes issue with remarks on Donald Trump and his politics included in the essay ‘We Know Nothing’ published in the May issue.
Jun 9, 2016, 17:53 PM

Red, Pink and Blue

Samuel Freeman in 'The New York Review of Books' finds Roger Scruton’s inclusion of American progressive liberal thinkers in his general denunciation of hard left theorists unconvincing.
May 6, 2016, 11:30 AM

On The Money

In the London Review of Books John Lanchester envisages the possible disappearance, facilitated by new secure technologies, of money and banks. Would this be a good thing or would it make it even more difficult than it already is to recycle corporate profits for public goods in the shape of schools, hospitals, roads and police services?
May 6, 2016, 10:38 AM

Follow the Money

John Bradley
We would like to think that finance is the handmaiden of politics and can be bent to the will of benign policy-makers. But forces inherent in the financial system, national and international, have often historically pre-determined political and economic outcomes.
Apr 1, 2016, 09:35 AM

Leading on Climate Change

Paul Gillespie
The outlook after the COP21 summit is certainly better than after Copenhagen in 2009. But there is still a mismatch between the EU’s declaration of climate leadership and the resources it devotes to exercising that with the huge states of China and India.
Mar 6, 2016, 12:54 PM

Kafka on Thames

Adrian Hardiman
The injustice done to British broadcaster Paul Gambaccini as part of the Yewtree investigation leads one to wonder if the presumption of innocence can survive in a legal system which permits the police and media to destroy a person’s reputation in advance of any trial.
Feb 5, 2016, 14:22 PM

Body And Soul

Kevin Stevens
Ta Nehisi Coates contends that white supremacy is a force so fundamental to America that it is difficult to imagine the country without it. Marilynne Robinson argues that moral revival, though its results are never enough, is also central to the American tradition and that we should not despair.
Jan 6, 2016, 22:42 PM

Getting the Left on Track

Michael McLoughlin
A new book that argues that the way forward for social democracy is more state, more tax, more spending fails to convince. If these were recipes likely to be favoured by the electorate there would be social democratic governments thriving all over the Western world.
Dec 6, 2015, 10:34 AM

Spiritual Security

Pádraig Murphy
To the extent that Russia’s project of joining the Western developed world has failed, and it has failed, its search for a distinctive world stance appears urgent; the paradigm of a united state and church, defined against a decadent, liberal and atheist West, is much favoured.
Dec 6, 2015, 09:58 AM

The Road to Paris

Diarmuid Torney
Wind energy is now cost-competitive without supports with fossil fuels in several countries, and solar energy too is closing the cost gap. Partly as a result of these developments, global climate politics is more complicated ‑ but also arguably more positive ‑ than ten or even five years ago.
Nov 8, 2015, 12:16 PM

Capitalism’s Futures

John Bradley
Despite a long period of what has seemed to be constant crisis, predictions of the death of capitalism may still be off the mark. This is not by any means to say that it is in good health. We must address its pathologies, and this is a task that should not be left to economists alone.
Nov 8, 2015, 12:06 PM

Truculent Priest

Seamus O’Mahony
In a series of radical critiques published in the 1970s Ivan Illich questioned educational practice, managerialism and the medical profession. Though he could be arrogant, inconsistent and even plain silly, Illich had important things to say about modernity.
Nov 8, 2015, 11:10 AM

Take That

Angela Nagle
The bursting forth of user-generated content was supposed to dethrone the captains of the culture industry still languishing in dreary, elitist old media formats. Instead, much of what is reported as mass opinion on social media represents less a 'democratic revolution' than the niche cultural interests of a few hundred young underemployed knowledge economy workers. 
Oct 4, 2015, 11:26 AM

Red Star Over China

Caroline Hurley
Mao Zedong’s vision in the late 1940s was to replicate Soviet communism, whatever the cost for his people. The espousal of values of freedom and equality offered hope to war-weary citizens, but the new regime ran an intensely invasive and catastrophic tyranny from the start.
Aug 31, 2015, 11:01 AM

Bands of Brothers

Marc Mulholland
The Third International, or Comintern, maintained for many years a vast international organisation none of its left-wing rivals could match. When the purges came in the 1930s, however, its members suffered to a proportionately greater extent than any other category.
Aug 30, 2015, 10:58 AM