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Symbolism and an Australian Republic

Satisfied by a day of sun and light beer, the crowd slouch back in their chairs. The echoing din that met the day’s first delivery has dwindled into a constant murmur. 708 more words


Myths of Sovereignty and British Isolation, VI. From the 1832 Reform Act to World War One

In this post, a look at comparative growth of democracy in Europe along with Britain’s role in World War One and subsequent European diplomacy.

Britain made some progress towards extending voting rights beyond a very tiny minority in the Reform Act of 1832, which was also a law to make constituency distribution relate to the population of the time, particularly the expansion of the urban population, abolish constituencies of a few voters where the MP was in practice appointed by the local dominant landlord and even out a very inconsistent voting system, reducing the number of people who could vote in at least one case. 736 more words


Myths of Sovereignty and British Isolation, IV: Britain the Enlightenment model for a liberal Europe?

Following on from last post in this series, focused on the violent formation of the nineteenth century British state, a largely political theory post on how far Britain had a special status as a model of liberalism and then democracy in Europe. 845 more words


'Cavilling about trifles': anarchy in the Yeomanry

“That there are persons so wofully ignorant, or so wilfully blind, as to seek an exchange from the ascertained and established blessing of clearly defined and limited monarchy, for the wild and visionary speculations of republican anarchy, the added experience of every hour but too clearly proves, but who shall assert that they will not hide their guilty heads, and sink into their original obscurity, when they see the respectable and independent Yeomanry of the kingdom stepping forth, with undaunted courage, in defence of their beloved Sovereign and of that Constitution, which the test of time has proved to be without an equal, and which has secured to their ancestors and to themselves every enjoyment rational and moderate mind can wish for?” 826 more words


Democracy Sucks: Part II

In Part I, I talked about the genesis of states and their purpose in facilitating agriculture. Today, we’re going to talk about what is essentially the fundamental, binding relationship between the state and those under its auspices. 440 more words


Democracy Sucks: Part I

I originally wrote the content of this post for an argument with somebody on a neoreactionary image board. Before you call me a neckbeard and close the window, hear me me out. 851 more words


Why Britain Needs a Republic

Adapted from a speech I gave to a bunch of old people at a university who weren’t exactly about to man the barricades.

I’d like you to indulge me for a minute. 1,009 more words