Bits and pieces

by Henry Farrell on January 20, 2004

Worth reading:

“Michael Froomkin”: on a story that should be getting a lot more play; how a Florida Judicial Nominating Commission has been asking potential judges whether they’re “God-fearing.”

“Brad DeLong”: on Seabiscuit versus Elmo the Banana Slug.

“Mrs. Tilton”: on long-haired wastrels and the end of conscription in Germany.

“Chris Brooke”: on British Conservative party deviationism.

“Ken MacLeod”: on Marxist sectarianism. Ken namechecks the British and Irish Communist Organization, a defunct grouplet that I’ve always been fond of for their ability to argue themselves from one position to its radical opposite (viz. from a 32 county solution to the Northern Ireland problem, to advocating the region’s full integration into the UK).



Marc Mulholland 01.20.04 at 9:40 am

The BICO position on Ireland is more consistent than it appears. They argue that devolution established an abnormal situation in which the communities were seperated from the ‘real’ party politics characteristic of a sovereign state. Rather than concentrate on national politics, primarily about the economy and welfare and thus tending to create broad left / right alliances cutting across sectarian lines, Northern Ireland politics was left with the divisive small change of identity politics. Stormont cannot impact on the realities of social and economic power, but it does concentrate the mind on zero-sum conflict over the national question. The problem is to absorb both communities into a functional democratic polity. Britain shows no willingness to permit this, so BICO now believes that a sovereign united Ireland is the most likely long-term route out of the impasse.

One might disagree, but I think it is theoretically consistant.

The Guardian carried a good article along these lines by an independent councillor, Mark Langhammer, at the weekend:,2763,1125791,00.html

For the current incarnation of BICO, see:


Henry Farrell 01.20.04 at 10:18 pm

Probably didn’t express myself as well as I might have; what I meant to say was that I admired them precisely for their willingness to work from a consistent set of assumptions, and see where it took them, even if the destination wasn’t the one that they might have initially chosen.


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