Abolish The Monarchy

A pragmatic approach to revolutionary thought and action in Britain posits analysis and criticism of the royal family as a lesser priority than attacking the more visible obstacles.  The exposure of and aggressive assault on financial gangsterism and its venal supporters, and the protection and enhancement of social necessities are more obvious battlegrounds; the royal family can be tossed a peremptory middle finger whenever any of them pop up in the news.  Such pragmatism is understandable, but the continual inclusion of vitriolic anti-royal words and behaviour in revolutionary activity is important because of what a monarchy represents and, more vitally, because of what assertive opposition to it represents and inflames.

Why is there a monarchy?

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For a feudal society, ancient or modern, a king, queen or other self-appointed royal dictator is merely the strongest and slyest thieving thug who swindled his or her way to the top.  In a modern democratic capitalist society a monarchy, almost always determined by succession in a single family, exists to place the rest of the population as lesser citizens and to misrepresent power.

Some nascent capitalist countries dispensed with a monarchy due to its reluctance to embrace the power of capital, or its abject decadence, or as a statement of independence from a European empire.  In countries where the monarchy was not a threat to the capitalists’ power it was embraced by the financially powerful as a useful tool.

A king or queen as head of state falsifies the identity of who is in charge.  This capitalists’ tool attempts to take the critical gaze away from the real destructive power in the country.  Simultaneously, a monarchy invites its subjects to pretend that an arbitrary inbred mob is somehow better than anyone else, thus suggesting an intrinsic limitation on success and possibility of power for the general populace.

Abolition is a part of revolution

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Anyone who desires an alternative to capitalist exploitation of the majority must, logically, be fully supportive of a quick and final eradication of the monarchy.  By imposed definition, the royal family sits above the people, with the corollary of limiting the governing capabilities and aspirations of the people.  The removal of this imaginary and almost psychological barrier to emancipation is a necessary step: It imbues the revolutionaries with confidence in the superiority of the power of the people over any spurious governance.  Equally, it focuses the battle as between capitalist exploiter and the public.

The call for abolition and its enforcement must be a product of revolutionary pressure and not be a decision taken by a capitalist state.  As stated above, some capitalist states chose to rid themselves of unhelpful monarchies – for example, France, Germany and Italy, or declare a republic as independence from European monarchies – for example, Argentina, USA and South Africa.  If, now, a monarchy were to be replaced with the approval and cooperation of the capitalist state then its removal would be merely a repositioning tactic of the state.  The removal must be an act of revolutionary repudiation.

Head of state

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Monarchs are heads of state with varying degrees of political influence; some have ceremonial and administrative roles only.  Some banal queries of the consequences of abolition invent the debate of what replaces the monarch.  A president and associated imagined difficulties are offered as the only alternative in a democratic country.  Such a limitation of options is, of course, illusory and stupid.

Anyone can conduct mundane administrative tasks and anyone can participate in intellectually unchallenging ceremonial duties.  Furthermore, neither occupation needs to be conducted by someone separate from the democratically-elected parliament.  Heads of state – monarchs, presidents or equivalent – are unnecessary.

Britain

Queen Elizabeth II has been around a while.

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For sixty-three years she has walked, stood and rode about, wearing a variety of hats, smiling, shaking hands and accepting bunches of flowers.  Many people, maybe even a majority of British people, haven’t found sufficient reason to dislike her, as a monarch.  Her professionalism in perpetuating her royal image cannot be denied.

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But, the land that she and her brood “own” provides them with income in the millions annually, they have copious financial investments that are enhanced by all of the usual market shennannigans and skullduggery and they partake of any tax-bypass available when managing purchase and sale of property.  They are happy to socialise opulently with any royal family from any other country even if that country is a despotic dictatorship like Saudi Arabia, or even if that country ejected its royal family so that, in reality, that royal family no longer exists, like Greece.  In 1975 the queen’s lackey in Australia, governor-general John Kerr, manufactured a change in the government there.  The pastel-shaded benign persona is a load of bollocks.

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The queen’s family have been a regular source of amusement and ridicule throughout her tenure.  A thin, weird-voiced husband with the racist charm of Bernard Manning, an eldest son who combines antiquated hippy drivel with a studied haughty disdain for people, including his first wife, another son who enjoys business dealings with a variety of undesirable vagabonds and a grandson whose stupidity extends to dressing as a Nazi officer as an expression of his wit are typical of the crassness that permeates the “house of Windsor”.

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When attempts have been made to tackle the centuries of European royal inbreeding the results were mixed.  Diana Spencer, quite popular with the British public, never agreed to be merely the baby-maker the royals wanted and she was divorced off as soon as her job as birther was done.  Sarah Ferguson suffered the same fate, although she still does emerge occasionally with new ways to embarrass the royals.  The latest invitee, Kate Middleton, has been prepared well by the royal development team with four years of training in how to be a royal wife.  So far, there are no problems and she has mastered smiling whilst wearing a hat.  Two children have been produced.

However, a public image that is part A-list celebrity and part Jeremy Kyle is just a sideshow.  The British royal family exists as a facet of the capitalist state and an obstacle to termination of that state, and will continue to be so for as long as it is not too problematic for that state.

Abolish with gusto

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The decision to remove the royal family is not budget-balancing of the cost of the royal family against claims of the income they generate from tourism.  Its removal is a strong demonstration of the belief that the public are second-class to no-one.  The archaic and irrational institution exists to assist the capitalist state by suggesting power is beyond the vast majority.  Cast aside the royals with derision.  Kick them out, quickly, expediently and finally.  Good riddance!

Abolish The Monarchy

He’s Behind You: Pantomime Season In Congress

The current Israeli prime minister – general election on 17th ins. – Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech yesterday to the US Congress following an invitation from Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.  The invitation bypassed normal protocol by not informing the president prior to it being issued; several Democrat members of Congress boycotted the speech.

The speech (transcript of Netanyahu speech) focused on Israel’s fantasies about Iran and, in particular, fantasies about Iran’s nuclear weaponry potential.  The Iranian government has had success recently with its developments in nuclear power despite unjust restrictions on access to materials placed upon it by the US and allies.  There is no evidence that Iran has attempted to develop nuclear weaponry and, indeed, international inspections have found absolutely no evidence of such.  Facts, however, are alien to Netanyahu and his baying mob of fans.  His speech repeats his tired, old, many times disproved, narrative on Iran’s capabilities and its intentions while simultaneously and offensively casting Israel as a defender of freedom and progressive.  Clive Staples Lewis would surely shudder in his grave in Oxford if he heard his wonderful Chronicles Of Narnia being lampooned so clumsily: Iran cast as Jadis with the potential to plunge the Arabian peninsula into a permanent (nuclear) winter and Netanyahu as Aslan aided by the children of the US.  Narnia, of course, is much more believable than the bizarre fantasies of the Israeli prime minister.

Israel prefers to exist and act outside of international agreements and co-operation: It and the US are not signatories to the ICC and Israel steadfastly ignores all UN resolutions aimed at restricting illegal actions.  Israel refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty for nuclear weapons because it refuses to admit that it has any.  The use of experimental, wholly illegal, weaponry in Gaza, the process of undocumented kidnap, incarceration and injustice, and the theft of land and destruction of property in the occupied West Bank is done shamelessly with the full knowledge of its illegality under the Geneva Convention.  Israel acts as a cabal of gangsters.  But, it cannot operate without the support of the US.

The support for Israel in the US among some elected representatives, throughout the right-wing lack-of-thinking-tanks and from the gobby TV talking heads is a recognition of Israel’s importance in the profit margins of arms manufacturers and arms dealers: The simple sequence where US tax-payers money is given to Israel as “aid” and then said money used to enhance the profit margins of the arms business.  Israel is merely a conduit.  Elected Republican representatives are always lackeys of whoever is paying them.  The grotesque sight of endless standing ovations as Netanyahu ejaculates lies and reveals his moronic fantasies is an embarrassment to the entire history of democracy in the US.  It was the day that any pretence of acting on behalf of the voters of the US was finally admitted as being a complete fallacy.  Each puppet clapping away stupidly was concerned solely with pleasing those who slip them thousands of dollars in frequent donations.

Pantomime is a British tradition, liked and loathed in equal measure.  As a form of entertainment it has struggled to become popular in the US.  Yesterday showed that maybe Les Dennis, Jim Davidson and Christopher Biggins should have another go at exporting this great tradition, there appears to be some love for “he’s behind you” and “oh no he didn’t” among Boehner and his friends.

He’s Behind You: Pantomime Season In Congress