royalty symbol of a rotten system – Solidarity Online

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch of the UK and 14 other countries including Australia, has died. While the media says she was “devoted to a life of duty”, her real job was to serve her family fortune, her class and their system.

Throughout its 70-year reign, the Royal Family has reinforced reactionary ideas – that some are born to rule and some are born to be ruled, that merit doesn’t matter and inheritance is everything , and that the family unit is imperfect but central to society .

The idea that the royal family is ‘above politics’ has been used to unite people around the interests of our leaders. Today union leaders called off strikes in Britain out of ‘respect’.

The more people revere their supposed superiors, the less likely they are to take action against the unjust and unequal society in which they live.

nazi sympathizer

Born on April 21, 1926, it seemed unlikely that Elizabeth would be queen as she was third behind her uncle, King Edward VIII.

But Edward was a Nazi sympathizer, as was the woman he married, Wallis Simpson. Later, footage emerged of the young future queen and her family members learning Nazi salutes.

Edward’s support for Hitler put him at odds with the overall interests of the British ruling class and its empire and he was forced to abdicate. The throne went to Elizabeth’s father, George.

While she was on a trip to Kenya in 1952, King George VI died and Elizabeth became queen.

Throughout her reign, she was to be used as a mouthpiece for colonial and imperialist policy.

The year she visited Kenya, British troops were brought in to crush the Mau Mau rebellion, establishing a reign of terror that led to the brutal murder and torture of tens of thousands of Africans fighting for their independence.

After Kenya finally gained independence, the Queen wrote to President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1963. She said, “I pray that under God’s guidance Kenya may prosper and her people may enjoy the full peace and contentment. But it took another 50 years before Britain formally apologized for its atrocities.

family of nations

The once vast British Empire was crumbling when the Queen ascended the throne. The former colonial states were fighting and winning their independence. To cling to their influence, the British ruling class rebranded the empire as a Commonwealth, a “family of nations”, with the Queen at its head.

The Commonwealth came in handy as Britain suffered from a labor shortage, with massive migration from South Asia, the Caribbean and Africa to fill its lower jobs.

It was also an attempt to erase the brutal legacy of the empire and try to create a false sense of unity between the former colonies, the monarchy and the “homeland”.

The young queen also played an important role in stabilizing British society. In 1953, only eight years had passed since the end of the Second World War. Britain was bankrupt and indebted to the United States. Major cities were still in ruins and many foodstuffs were still rationed.

With Britain in the throes of austerity, the ruling class believed the glamor of a coronation was a great opportunity to bolster nationalist sentiment and create a false sense of shared unity.

This unity did not extend to the fabulous wealth acquired by the royal family over the years. Royal weddings and palaces cost ordinary people dearly.

Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding alone cost the taxpayer more than $160 million in today’s money. In 2021-22, the Palace budget was $180 million and the Queen’s budget was a bit more.

As growing scandals tarnished the royal image, the Queen tried to recast the royal family as ordinary people.

But it’s a family that owns 20 properties, ranging from the 1,000-room Windsor Castle to the more modest 20-room Kensington Palace.

Until the late 1960s, “immigrants or foreigners of color” were barred from holding office jobs in the royal houses. To this day, Buckingham Palace is allowed to ignore racial and gender discrimination laws.

It’s real gold on these horse-drawn carriages and the royal crowns are encrusted with the real diamonds and blood rubies of the empire.

The British government is Her Majesty’s government, the monarch appoints the Prime Minister, and the armed forces pledge allegiance to the monarch, not to the government or the people.

Revolution

In the English Revolution of 1642-1649, early parliament-centric capitalist interests led by Oliver Cromwell seized power from King Charles I, who was beheaded.

After Cromwell’s death, parliament felt confident in its power but wanted to restore stability at the top and deference among the lower classes. The constitutional monarchy that emerged was the compromise that paved the way for capitalism.

The monarchy was now being reshaped by capitalism to serve its interests, and the popularity of the royal family was being harnessed to legitimize the class structure of Britain and Australia.

Its peak was Queen Victoria, providing a bulwark of reaction against radical change, while allowing imperialist expansion and capitalist theft. Victoria was the queen of the Empire, Elizabeth was the queen of Britain’s imperial decline.

The decline is more than symbolic. When she began her reign, Britain had over 70 overseas territories. Today, there are 15 countries known as Commonwealth realms. The Queen lost Barbados just last year.

australian sycophants

The mountains of obsequious drivel published in the Australian mainstream media about this super rich and pampered person of limited talent reveals the nature of Australian capitalism.

The dispossession of indigenous peoples that underpinned Australia’s origins as a colonizing state occurred in the name of the king. More than 230 years after the invasion, Charles is the new king of Australia.

As Labor talks of a republican referendum in his second term, Albanese flies to London to take part in the royal funeral and associated ceremonies. It is a sign of loyalty to the system.

The non-Labour side of politics has always been associated with British royalty and traditions such as chivalry.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies became Sir Robert Menzies in 1963, after telling the Queen in Canberra: “I just saw her pass. And yet I love him until the day I die.

NSW’s Liberal Prime Minister from 1965 to 1975, Robin Askin, was knighted in 1972. Askin was granted a knighthood on the same day by fellow TNT owner Peter Abeles.

But the more far-sighted sections of the ruling class began to realize that Australian nationalism needed to be revamped to accommodate the many new migrants who had no loyalty to a British crown.

By the early 1980s, around one million immigrants had chosen not to become Australian citizens as they had to swear allegiance to the Queen.

So while our rulers love the glamor and glitz of royalty, many are open to a future republic.

The queen will be missed by her ruling class, powerful and wealthy.

But for the workers, she was not our queen and Charles is not our king. We have nothing to gain by worshiping a family that exists to celebrate inequality.

Our motto should be, ride the red republic.

By Tom Orsag

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