ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

October 2011
M T W T F S S
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Tags

Archives

RSS Oz House

Share

Authors

Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


RSS Blog RSS

Site search

Miniposts

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
(0)

Sick kids and paying upfront

(0)

Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)

Advertisement

Links:

The one percent’s royal parasite to tour Australia

Queen Elizabeth, a very very rich woman, will tour Australia for the next few weeks. This event will pass most working class people by. They don’t give a toss.

Evidently Elizabeth worked hard for her money, being born into royalty and incredible riches. 

And opening flower shows is pretty damn hard work, let me tell you.

The Occupy movements have been targeting the wealth of the one percent – the inherent inequality and greed that flows form a system based on exploitation of workers.

The Queen is part of that one percent. She is a parasite on the labour of workers.

According to Luisa Kroll from Forbes Magazine:

Queen Elizabeth, 85, has an estimated personal net worth of $500 million that comes from property holdings including Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, stud farms, a fruit farm and marine land throughout the U.K.; extensive art and fine jewelry; and one of the world’s largest stamp collections built by her grandfather.

Not included are those assets belonging to the Crown Estate, which she gets to enjoy as Queen, such as $10 billion worth of real estate, Buckingham Palace (estimated to be worth another $5 billion), the Royal Art collection, and unmarked swans on stretches of the Thames.

There is nothing eternal about monarchy. As capitalism developed it challenged the rule of absolute monarchs and either overthrew them – as in France – or reached a compromise with them and the landed gentry  – as in England.

In the 20th century Russian workers overthrew their monarch and established a short lived workers’ state, a workers’ republic.

The Australian ruling class – the one percent – are split over whether the current constitutional monarchy should continue. Some want to keep the current arrangements. Some are in favour of a bourgeois republic.

There is nothing progressive about this. It merely reflects the confidence the Australian bourgeoisie feel about their dominance over the working class and the strength that flows from a growing economy. 

Some conservative sections of the bourgeoisie oppose the move to a republic. Capital accumulation has been successful under the constitutional monarchy.

Both factions of the one percent will be fawning before the royal bludger when she darkens our door.

This sycophancy flows from the fact that the Queen performs a valuable ideological function for capitalism. She acts as a symbol of unity, supposedly above classes. It is this unity that reinforces and hides the class divisions in society.

Some alienated workers see in her the product of their own labour, refracted through an ideology of service and supremacy for the ‘common good’.  She is a unifying force for the bourgeoisie. She seemingly stands apart from the bosses and their system.

It is a lie of course. Her rule reinforces the rule of the one percent. And in Australia at least the Queen as unifier has little attraction now to most workers.

The alternative is a workers’ republic – a state where democracy has spread into the workplace and production is organised to satisfy human need.

The last century was full of attempts do that – from Russia in 1917 to much of Europe in the years after that  to China between 1925 and 1927, to Spain in the 30s and on to the magnificent working class revolts against Stalinist state capitalism in places like East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia.  So too the workers revolt in Iran in 1978 and 79, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Bolivia earlier this century. 

None has been successful or, if they have, survived.

The Occupy movement might be the first step in the challenge to the rule of the one percent. Sweeping aside feudal relics like the monarchy will be one of the first steps of any successful movement. But the concrete demands of the movement, if and as it grows, around economic and political issues, while they won’t have a republic front and centre, will of necessity raise the question of her rule.

Ending inequality and corporate greed require a revolution. 

The way for Australia to become a republic and send parasites like Queen Elizabeth to the dustbin of history is not through bourgeois referendums but is right in front of us – the Occupy movement and its extension into the workplace. It has the capacity to challenge on the streets the idea of royalty and its rule for the one percent – and to encourage and inspire the working class to organise and fight for socialism and in doing that overthrow these relics of history.

Advertisement

Comments

Comment from Deepthinker
Time October 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

Any successful leader who can displace any person from the 1% will of courswe take their place among the ruling class.

Comment from Dally M
Time October 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

“The way for Australia to become a republic and send parasites like Queen Elizabeth to the dustbin of history is not through bourgeois referendums but is right in front of us – the Occupy movement and its extension into the workplace. It has the capacity to challenge on the streets the idea of royalty and its rule for the one percent – and to encourage and inspire the working class to organise and fight for socialism and in doing that overthrow these relics of history.”

Ahh JP, if only “the 99%” cared hey? Your “trickle down” revolution is a glacial process but those too timid to seek electoral mandate probably deserve nothing less.

Comment from Dally M
Time October 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

… Long May It Rain … on your parade.

Pingback from En Passant » Yes, we the 99% can #OWS #occupy « The Left Hack
Time October 19, 2011 at 6:01 am

[…] Previous post Next post […]

Write a comment