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Michael D. Higgins - When Ideas Matter

Michael D. Higgins - When Ideas Matter

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The President of Ireland since 2011, when he was elected by a final tally of almost 57% of the votes, Michael D. Higgins has used his time in office to set out a vision of what he calls 'an ethical Republic. In a series of remarkable and urgent speeches, which are anything but the bland commentaries of a ceremonial head of state, Michael D. Higgins has entreated his fellow citizens to consider what makes the good life. He has asked how human rights, an active and empowered citizenry, women's equality and the right to health and a life free of corrosive anxiety might be achieved. He has highlighted the plight of refugees. And he has criticized the ways in which work is becoming dehumanized, in a process that treats people as mere means to the creation of a more efficient market society. This book collects some of Higgins's most striking and thoughtful interventions in a great variety of settings, from workplaces and universities to the glittering environs of Windsor Castle, where he was the first Irish President to be welcomed by a British monarch.

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