Republicanism and the form of working class rule

As the constitutional monarchy state proclaims its commitment to privilege and the status quo, Michael Copestake looks back to a rather different tradition

There were many who doubted whether or not the monarchy of the United Kingdom could survive the cultural transformations which it has had to undertake in order to appear, in the language of marketing, ‘relevant’. How can the official ideology of ‘meritocracy’ within a modern consumer society co-exist with the monarchical system of heredity, elitism, crowns and thrones - not to mention the distorted personalities themselves, whose moral hypocrisies and personal failings have been so openly exposed in the age of the ‘royal soap opera’?

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Letters

Myth making; Not so; Get over it!; The graduate; Soft on Occupy; Panderers; Twin peaks; Zero questions; Pub talk; Censorship; Charisma veto

Upward curve

Thanks to our readers for helping us hit the fighting fund target we need, says Robbie Rix.

The crown rules Britannia

The role of the elaborate jubilee is to draw attention away from the power and nature of the crown itself, write Steve Freeman and Phil Vellender

How to learn nothing

The emergence of a programme from the Occupy movement has caused a flurry of debate on the ACI website, Paul Demarty decides to join in

Joining forces against war and expulsions

Milton Keynes Hands Off the People of Iran and the local Stop the War Coalition group joined forces for a meeting on the threat of war against Iran reports Dave Isaacson.

Reality behind the fighting talk

The May 23-25 annual conference exposed the weaknesses of Britain's biggest civil service union, says Tina Becker

Rewriting the past

Lawerence Parker reviews: Roger Seifert and Tom Sibley Revolutionary communist at work: a political biography of Bert Ramelson Lawrence and Wishart, 2012, pp414,

Last man standing

The Partito Democratico, dominated by ex-'official communists', is now Italy's leading party, writes Toby Abse

Divisions surface and split beckons

What political differences lie behind the heated arguments in the Labour Representation Committee and Labour Briefing? Stan Keable of Labour Party Marxists reports on the proposed merger, and counsels against irresponsible splits

Broad fronts and liquidationism

CPGB members have been discussing the Anti-Capitalist Initiative and the role of Communist Students. Peter Manson reports

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