Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain
In exploring the answers to the question: 'why did Britain vote leave?', Fintan O'Toole finds himself discovering how trivial journalistic lies became far from trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has come t...more
The writer is, happily and necessarily, Irish.
Here you will find the disease known as ‘Brexit’ fully described and diagnosed. The prospect of a cure, however, remains contingent and – dare one say? – nebulous, having to do with the downfall of neo-liberalism. Wish us all luck with that one.
O’Toole doesn’t have much to say about Trump, but one ...more
School Bully: "Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain" by Fintan O'Toole
I’ve pointed out previously that the main reason for Brexit is because Britain (or rather England) simply does not understand what the EU is about.
Johnson’s jokes about the EU and, Germany’s, and his expansionist plans, captures the general sense of distrust in England. I think the obsession with centralised power is really at the heart of Brexit and the B ...more
While I've tried my best to keep up with what's been happening with our neighbors across the pond, the view from the New World has of late been obscured by our own social and political crisis, for which I blame ... English nationalism.
Did I say English? I meant American. Although anyone who reads Fintan O'Toole's "Heroic Failure" will likely be struck by the astonishing similarity between the t ...more
O’Toole writes as a friendly but concerned neighbor rather than a historic enemy of Great Britain. He notes, “When a neighbor is going mad, it i ...more
Written by a prominent Irish theater critic this analysis of the cultural background motivations for Brexit—think lost empire, the nightmare of the colonizer being colonized, a white England forever—is excellent.
The book—published in late 2018—is perhaps a little dated now but the analysis remains very much on point. For anyone who is mystified by why Britain—or more accurately England minus London— wants to leave the EU this book offers a useful set of frames by which to vi ...more
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Heroic Failure is no political commentary or analysis of Brexit, nor is it a chronological detailing of the events ...more
It is brief and incisive, digging into the cultural origins and underpinnings of Brexithink, rather than dissecting its political manifestations or charting the timeline. O’Toole attacks the issue from many angles and draws parallels with plenty of historical events and cultural works, painting a multi-dimensional and vivid po ...more
This long essa ...more
I absolutely was not expecting to be reading an analogy of how Brexit relates to 50 Shades of Grey, or h ...more
The book is good in its way but only plays to the remainer echo chamber and won't impact on the leaver viewpoint. Basically the country is fairly evenly split between the two viewpoints and from my point of view not even basic logic gets through to the adamant leaver ...more
Repetitive at times, and some parts resonate m ...more
This book has a very interesting thesis and did an excellent job at synthesizing the core issues and ideas that ultimately led to a leave vote in the Brexit referendum. I also liked how O'Toole's Irishness and very obvious English degree shaped this book and brought fresh lenses to something I've read so much about -- it is very rare to find new commentary about Brexit one hasn't read before, but this book did just that.
Overall: Highly recommend.
All I can say is that there is a special place in hell for for Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Boris Johnson. As with most great tragedies, the poor will pay for what they have done.