Simon E. wrote:Maybe. I think the forces that shape the UK have nothing to do with the monarchy.
Its what goes on the Square Mile of the city of London that do that.
Not what happens in Buckingham Palace.
As an outsider looking in at the UK, I should say this is the case.
Here in the States, we have a highly participatory culture (everyone has an opinion on matters of public concern and nearly everyone will let you know his or her perspective, often at length)
And what shapes those perspectives? Full democracy will be ruled by manipulation... who knows what is better? Rulers not obeying the will of the mob, or some force from behind the curtains?
Are our views truly ours? I don't think so.
Indeed. It is an unpopular view, but I do think the Situationists and, in some respects, the Frankfurt School are still relevant on this very point.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Societ ... _Spectacle
which means that if there is to be a monarchy in the US, we should eagerly anticipate the coronation of Queen Kim of Kardashian. At which time I will petition the Crown to call in the Royal navy to take back the Oregon Territory. In terms of brand preference, the House of Windsor is more appealing than the House of Botox.*
*I hope our readers at the NSA understand this comment to be satirical in nature or "snark o' the internet" and NOT intended as an act of sedition. Thanks!
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