A quotation from Chamfort, Nicolas:
The nobility, say nobles, serves as intermediary between king and people. True, just as the hound serves as intermediary between hunter and hares.
[«La noblesse, disent les nobles, est une intermédiaire entre le roi et le peuple…» Oui, comme le chien de chasse est un intermédiaire entre le chasseur et les lièvres.]
Full quote, sourcing, notes:
I wish I wasn't wired to constantly be thinking about arbitrage.
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🚨 King’s estate collecting assets of the dead is ‘bizarre feudal remnant’
The Mayor of Grt Manchester Andy Burnham, is calling for a public consultation over the way the King’s estate collects money from people who die with no will or next of kin, calling it “a bizarre remnant of feudal #Britain.
The Duchy of Lancaster has been secretly using the funds, known as bona vacantia, to renovate properties owned by the King and rented out for profit.
Sometimes, you can shame people into action.
“There been no suggestion from the king’s estate that it plans to cease collecting bona vacantia or change how it is spent.”
Which is probably the more significant issue.
For decades, parliament has been far too lenient about the #RoyalFamily’s finances. This avaricious practice needs to end
#TaxDodgingParasites #Monarchy #RoyalFamily #RoyalLies
Latin term meaning ‘vacant goods’ relates to people who die without a will or known heirs
#TaxDodgingParasites #Monarchy #RoyalFamily #Greed
#RoyalFamily #KingCharles #Monarchy
Those who are impressed (or unimpressed) by recent revelations of how king chuck benefits from #BonaVacantia money, this book might be interesting:
“And What Do You Do; What The Royal Family Don’t Want You To Know”.
In other words, he suggests that between the end of the war of the Austrian succession in 1748 and the storming of the Bastille in 1789, the French population underwent a series of convulsions, some as molten as others were icy, which resulted in a subtle but powerful molecular shift. After 500 years of rigidity, “it made anything seem possible”.
#history #bookreview #France #FrenchRevolution #Europe #inequality #Monarchy #revolution
Revealed: King Charles secretly profiting from the assets of dead citizens | King Charles III | The Guardian
UK Monarchy to be precise ...
"Financial assets known as bona vacantia, owned by people who died without a will or known next of kin, are collected by the duchy. Over the last 10 years, it has collected more than £60m in the funds."
To anybody who praises the royals, I always say: "Nah, they're parasites" Indeed they are ...
“Police in #Nepal on Thursday (Nov 23) used rattan sticks, tear gas and water cannon to scatter thousands of #protesters demanding the restoration of the monarchy abolished 15 years ago.
The "Citizens' Campaign" protesters say governments in place since the #monarchy was scrapped, as part of a deal ending a Maoist insurgency, have failed to live up to commitments to develop one of the world’s poorest countries.”
£8m on portraits of the king seems an awful lot when we could just as easily print one out on the colour photocopier
It's time to end the idea that it's normal to have a King or a Monarch. 👀
I mean...the ugly poetry that is him sitting in that gold chair with the cape and crown and talking about the cost of living... it's over.
The fact is, the head of state in the UK could be chosen differently than by hereditary descent, but there would still be a need to perform the functions of the head of state, including ceremonial ones.
As a citizen of Valencia and grandson of a Republican, and even if I wasn’t both those things, I am less impressed with the notion of Hereditary Monarchy.
But I don't hold any ill will toward the people currently in the roles. Academically, I find it interesting that Princess Leonor will be the first hereditary Queen of Spain since Isabella II in 1868.
#Spain #Valencia #España #Monarchy #Rey #Reina
The American Revolution, despite failing miserably with “all men are created equal,” did succeed at eliminating the monarchy.
Spain has twice done away with the monarchy, only to have it restored. Today, Leonor, heir to the throne, turns 18. She’s getting a lot of favorable press, and the rising political right seems to love their kings and queens. Good times for the monarchy…
The photo, from Valencia (April 2022) shows a dissenting view.
More evidence of historical links between the European #monarchy and the Nazis. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/06/nazi-party-membership-card-of-dutch-royal-prince-bernhard-confirmed-as-authentic
I was wondering why there were predictions that the Australian dollar was going to devalue to around 50c in the US$. Now I know….
New Episode! “Richelieu and Louis XIII, France’s Dynamic Duo?” These two men are quite important and deserve to be better known. Join me as I discuss the Just king and the famed Red Eminence! #history #France #monarchy #podcast https://www.lafayettepodcast.com/1969630/13661212-richelieu-and-louis-xiii-france-s-dynamic-duo
#Thailand court denies bail to prominent #humanrights attorney, charged with offending the #monarchy. He has been sentenced to 4 years in prison under the lese majeste law, the 1st of 14 cases (!) he will face https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thai-court-denies-bail-lawyer-who-called-monarchy-reforms-2023-09-30/
I was thinking yesterday that we in the #US could return the favor of being inspired by another nation's #revolution, thus once again inspiring others around the world to #revolt, by doing (much the same) to our #oligarchs and their minions (#politicians, #media, #military, #police, etc) as the #French did to their #monarchy.
It would probably need to be done slowly; on a more individual/group level, not institutional.
I'm just thinking: Is there any other way, really?
The way this was such a FUCK IT WE BALL moment cause they did it while #Austria and #Prussia were inching toward #Paris and they weren’t sure they were gonna last the season but they declared themselves a #republic anyway just to see how it felt to achieve the Enlightenment Dream
A crown branded onto bodies links British monarchy to slave trade...King Charles III has not apologized for his predecessors’ role in the slave trade, as Dutch King Willem-Alexander did in the summer. #reparations #slavery #monarchy #greatbritain
Karla Adam: A crown branded onto bodies links British monarchy to slave trade
"A crown resembling the iconic St. Edward’s headpiece from British coronations sat atop the letters S and C, apparently a stylized reference to the slave-trading South Sea Company. The accompanying text, written in 1715, declared that this was 'the Mark henceforward, to be put upon the Bodys of the Negros to be sold & Dipos’d of in the Spanish West Indies,' under a contract between Britain’s late Queen Anne and Spain’s King Philip V."
Wow - A crown branded onto bodies links British #monarchy to slave trade. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/09/28/slave-trade-monarchy-uk-archives/ #republic #notmyking #slavery
“A…pro-democracy activist has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for a speech he delivered during protests calling for reform of #Thailand’s…#monarchy. #ArnonNampa, a #HumanRights #lawyer, was at the forefront of a  protest movement…when 100s of 1000s…many of them young students, took to the streets to call for democratic changes... The sentence…is the first of 14 lese-majesty cases he faces. He is requesting bail while he appeals...” | Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/26/thai-pro-democracy-activist-arnon-nampa-jailed-monarchy-protest?ref=upstract.com #LèseMajesté #112
“One of Thailand's most prominent political activists, #arnonnampa has been sentenced to four years in prison under the country's much-criticised royal defamation, or lese-majeste law.
He was convicted by a court in #bangkok over comments he made during a protest in October 2020.
We’re often told the current crop lack the dignity that #monarchy deserves. But what about the #losers, #adulterers and #delusional brutes who came before
Birth Anniversary of H. G. Wells (1866) - often called a "father of science fiction".
This article presents an interesting profile of the UAE.
My main impression is the UAE's treatment of foreign workers. Labor rights don't seem to amount to much.
The UAE has its own flourishing democracy, where its people are content and thriving. Let's avoid trying to impose external political ideologies on them and instead, encourage respect and appreciation for the UAE's unique culture and governance. Let's also remind our friends in the West to approach international relations with sensitivity and respect for diverse cultures.
@SocraticEthics It's not surprising it took the #UnitedKingdom so long to declare the #Wagner mercenaries a terrorist organization. The #ChainOfCommand that such approvals need to navigate is VERYT long and convoluted in a #monarchy , what with all the Ministers, Viscounts, Earls, Dukes and Duchesses, Kings and Queens and whatnot! 🤷♂️
“The #royal spin doctors had the opportunity to censor any pictures from the #coronation before they could be replayed on the day … And the royal spin doctors dictated which clips of the footage could be shown in future broadcasts in what they called with an Orwellian phrase: ‘a perpetuity edit’.”
Royal spin doctors imposed ‘extraordinary restrictions’ on covering #KingCharlesIII’s accession, says ex-head of Sky News
Republic’s #GrahamSmith seeking #JudicialReview of #lawfulness of arrest as well as damages
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/sep/12/anti-monarchy-protester-suing-met-chief-over-coronation-day-arrest #ToryPoliciesInAction #FreedomOfSpeech #Protest #RightToProtest #Censorship #NastyParty #Law
Look, I don’t particularly care if we get rid of the #monarchy or not, but any plan to do so that gives even the potential of handing more power to Tories is a total non-starter.
Over just the past few years, the Saudi government has assassinated a Washington Post journalist and US resident; dragged the United States into a ghastly, years-long war on a neighboring country that has further shredded US global standing; and repeatedly humiliated and threatened the US president while cozying up to his leading global rivals — all while imposing Medieval levels of repression against women
Law that criminalises criticism of Thai royals becomes main hurdle to forming new government
I wonder when we stopped putting up statues to dead monarchs here in Australia.
I haven't seen any later than King George V (this one is in Brisbane, and there's one in Melbourne as well).
Can't recall seeing King George VI or Queen Elizabeth II as statues, though I suppose there might be some somewhere. And certainly King Edward VIII was there too briefly to score one!
There is one thing we surely do not need: to give ultra rich land owners and monarchs more money, while the cost of living drives many more people into poverty, to food banks or straight up suicide!
In a time of national crisis in the UK we must stand up against the idea of feeding the rich while letting everyone else suffer.
You may be interested to know that the #CrownEstates #windfarm boom that has seen its profits escalate considerably has prompted a halving of the proportion paid to the #Monarchy from 25% down to 12%....
the increased share of the profits going to the Treasury will be used (in #KingCharles words) for ' the wider public good'....
Meanwhile elite wage #inflation continues apace:
The CEO of Crown Estates has received a pay rise over the last three years that from his arrival in the role has seen his pay triple!!!
But, hey, nothing to see here.
Of course, there's lots of 'justification' trotted out to counter criticism, but it just suggests as so often (at the least) #KingCharles has a tin ear for #politics & more seriously, whatever the pious words the #monarchy is detached from our reality!
The argument for #monarchy, @thecommongreen, -- the ONLY argument for monarchy -- is that in medieval times, peaceful transfer of power from one regime to the next was extremely difficult, as Scotland has reason to know.
We no longer live in medieval times.
🗣 The IHC and CETAPS have joined efforts to organise an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The call for papers is ongoing.
Well done @patrickharvie for putting it so well:
"A genuinely extraordinary attempt to lavish your money, our money, on some of the wealthiest people, not just in this country, but some of the wealthiest people in the world"
More on today's presentation of the #crown of #Scotland to #KingCharlesIII in #Edinburgh on the #ChurchofScotland website- with a downloadable #OrderOfService.
#church #Scotland #monarchy #liturgy
Today there's a strange ceremony taking place at St Giles in #Edinburgh, arguably the mother church of #Presbyterians across the world. #KingCharlesIII will be presented with a #crown in a not-quite #Coronation ceremony for #Scotland. The #FirstMinister, a #Muslim and #Republican and leader of an #independence party, will read from the #Bible; the leaders of his coalition party will be at an anti #monarchy demonstration instead. #BBC's James Cook has a go at explaining!
Normal Island News
Bloke called Charles having second coronation in a year
The people of Scotland are said to be ecstatic.
You might remember the bloke called Charles who borrowed £300 million from you (that he still hasn’t repaid) so he could put a hat on his head to cheer him up after his mother died. Well, Charles loved that day so much, he’s doing it all again in a place called “Scotland” which is located somewhere north of Middle Earth.
Zulu king denies poisoning: Eswatini hospital visit was check-up
Crown estate enjoys huge rise in profits thanks to offshore wind | Crown estate | The Guardian
"Earlier this year King Charles asked for the profits from Britain’s growing fleet of offshore windfarms to be used for the “wider public good” rather than as extra funding for the monarchy."
And people say the monarchy live off taxpayer money - which is rubbish.
Should never have got as far as Ofcom. A discussion about diversity and the Monarchy and the gammons can't cope with the truth. Yes, the balcony was very white . . .
Campaigners preparing to seek parliamentary support for abolishing exemptions in Scottish law which have been made for the #royalfamily.
They should have no special privileges. None.
Cost of King Charles’s coronation¹: £250m
Amount cut from social care budget²: £250m
Staunchly remaining a royalist fool in the 21st century: priceless.
“According to a recent poll, more than 70 percent of Britons under the age of 50 are indifferent to the coronation. Even so, a staggering 250 million pounds ($315m) of magicked-up taxpayer money will be spent on this single day even as thousands of nurses, doctors, teachers and other key public workers have been told for months there is no money in the coffers to offer them a meaningful pay rise.”
If your response to the British #monarchy is approximately anything other than repulsion or horror, I'm not sure that we are the same species. At minimum, the family's wealth should be repossessed by the countries that they've been stealing it from, and they should never appear in the news again until the end of time.
Also feel free to ask me my opinion about the Catholic Church.
Arrested for peaceful demonstration against the monarchy:
"Head of UK’s leading anti-monarchy group arrested at coronation protest"
Beaverton: United Kingdom considered powerful nation despite needing 3 days to put hat on old man https://www.thebeaverton.com/2023/05/united-kingdom-considered-powerful-nation-despite-needing-3-days-to-put-hat-on-old-man/ #satire #canada #commentary #QueenElizabeth #PrinceCharles #UnitedKingdon #FeaturedPost #GreatBritain #RoyalFamily #monarchy #World #U.K.
"You can shove your Coronation up your arse. You can shove your Coronation up your arse".
Oh. 'The historian David Starkey has claimed Rishi Sunak has not engaged with the coronation because he is “not fully grounded in our culture”.' Shocking thing to say.
One I saw elsewhere.
> Not a lot of people know this, but all the music for English coronations is written in the key that corresponds to the first name of the monarch. So Charles III's service will be entirely in C major, Elizabeth II's was in E major, George V's was in G major etc etc
> It's a tradition thought to date back to the Anglo-Saxon king Aflat
Allegiance, annoyance and abracadabra: monarchy in the 21st century. Why has such a row broken out over the ‘oath of allegiance?’ Chartered psychologist and historian Dr Pam Jarvis reflects