Episode 1311: David McWilliams On Ireland’s Liberal Miracle
David McWilliams famously predicted the meltdown of the Irish economy before it collapsed in 2008. These days he is feeling more optimistic about where we are headed.
Thanks to @davidmcw David McWilliams who talks about the link between tolerance and subsequent economic growth – the story of modern Ireland. The transformation suggests a compelling case that economic values and social values are intertwined.https://t.co/VakoKe2b92
— Chris Kane (@ChrisKane55) October 27, 2018
We know that Ireland has become much richer over the last 25 years, and we also know that it has become more socially liberal, with the legalisation of divorce, the repeal of the 8th amendment, and the collapse of the power of the Church to dictate the social terms of engagement.
Another plug for my colour piece from Saturday as Ireland #repealedthe8th:
The Day Ireland Buried Its Ghostshttps://t.co/JVk6quDfk6
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) May 31, 2018
David’s new book, Renaissance Nation, suggests that if anything, Ireland’s economic performance in this period has actually been underrated. He argues that the country’s economic growth has been driven by the liberalisation of society, rather than the social liberalisation being the result of a wealthier economy. He makes a case for what he calls the Radical Centre as the driver of Ireland’s progress and prosperity.
But does liberalism really deserve so much credit? Why does it apparently continue to work here, while running into difficulty elsewhere? Can we expect it to keep working? What are the new problems that have arisen as Ireland has grown wealthier and more liberal? And might these problems be a feature, rather than a bug, of the liberal system?
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