The Dead and the Dying

sod off
*pauper & bauble*

Not surprising, but telling: The “British Royal Family” have taken to marketing their mega-pampered zombie selves via marketing data-scraper Facebook.

Shows what amazing stuff plugs straight into this decrepit culture. The corporate capitalist overclass can’t bring itself to tolerate 10 seconds of serious discussion of any one of the smorgasbord of dire crises facing it (and us), but these paleo-Yahoos and their running IQ test (if you “like” them, you fail) are welcome news, a dear old friend of the culture of sponsored stupidity.

It’s what they call marketing synergy, one hand washing the other.  A pack of undead figurehead feudal claimants both lending and drawing aid and comfort to and from the heedless, clueless Davosian hackocracy now busily driving the world over the last cliff in history, with “royals” on their “friends” page.

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Luis
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Just as an aside, in 1999 here in Australia we had a referendum to decide whether we would remain a monarchy or become a republic. Stupidly, we voted to help shore up these leftover turkey legs from feudal England. That was one of this country’s biggest face-palms.

By the way, have a read of this: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/10/3062009.htm

Michael Dawson
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Luis, that is quite a link about overtime. Typical.

What’s the main Australian political argument in favor of retaining the “royal” fiction? I understand and even sympathize with the human craving for stasis and comfort. Is it just a variation on that?

Luis
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Well, it’s hard to know, really. There’s the standard conservative eye-roller “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. A slightly more compelling argument is that the monarchy is a safe-guard for democracy, in that the Governor General, the monarch’s representative and official head of state, provides a counter-balance to any Prime Minister who tries to grab too much power or is too incompetent. He/she has the power to dismiss the PM, as happened in 1975 when Gough Whitlam was outed by the then Governor General John Kerr (apparently, if I’m not mistaken, the PM can dismiss the GG as well,… Read more »

Luis
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A reasonably sober analysis here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australia-poised-to-say-no-to-republican-dream-1123771.html

I forgot to mention that the republican camp fucked things up as well: they were pushing for the president to be appointed, rather than elected by the people, so this turned many off who would otherwise have voted yes.