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Workin’ for the Weekend #15: God Slay the Queen, Handcuffing Putin
Listener Colin claps back, with links!
On Members Only #133, those of us who weren’t too busy getting ready for a gala dinner the next night discussed a fine email from listener Colin objecting to incipient royalism of Episode #372. Let us go ahead and reprint Colin’s linktastic bill of particulars in full:
SUBJECT LINE: You’re all wrong about the queen
I just have to write in because im witnessing three incredibly smart, charming, good looking and (most importantly, well-meaning) men say retarded things in defense of the queen.
I realize this is probably a reaction to the truly hysteric take downs of the queen seen on social media comparing her to Hitler.
she is not “just a nice old lady with corgies”.
She is not “just a ceremonial figure with no power”
We are talking about a family who lives the most extravagant lives on the backs of the people who pay for them through their taxes. Do they generate tourist income? Yes. Do they do it through their property, wealth, and fame that was, historically, completely stolen if you take any Libertarian argument here seriously.
They continue to occupy Scotland and Northern Ireland. They could give all that property back and advocate for independence. They could even abdicate the crown entirely on moral grounds.
They are exempt from discrimination laws. https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkbaqz/buckingham-palace-would-not-employ-ethnic-minorities-or-foreigners
They can choose not to pay taxes (even on private businesses, like their wilderness tours in Scotland) and to my knowledge only have one time after it came out that they didnt and so they voluntarily payed. https://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/27/world/in-switch-from-tradition-queen-will-pay-taxes.html
They are not allowed to be investigated by any law enforcement (again even private businesses) unless they consent to it. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/14/what-does-queen-legal-immunity-mean-british-laws
They are exempt from inheritance taxes. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/13/king-charles-will-not-pay-tax-on-inheritance-from-the-queen
The queen had her two cousins declared dead so she could put them in a mental asylum, then when it came to light she had done this, she said it was just a clerical error. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerissa_and_Katherine_Bowes-Lyon
The queen has the right of consent on any law passed by parliament. She has never not consented, but she could have. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/08/royals-vetted-more-than-1000-laws-via-queens-consent
The queen asked for money for the poverty grant to be diverted to heat her palaces. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queen-tried-to-use-state-poverty-fund-to-heat-buckingham-palace-2088179.html
And on the topic of colonialism, she oversaw and failed to stop or even speak out against the bush wars in Africa. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerissa_and_Katherine_Bowes-Lyon
These are the most-entitled, least deserving, and least nice kinds of people you could find, especially when adjusting for the praise they get. No one likes Hitler. Everyone likes the queen.
She had the ear of every PM during her reign, and she never did shit. If she doesnt have power, what power does anyone have?
Im skeptical of the idea of false consciousness, but if it exists, then love of the queen and the royals is surely the best example you could find.
Wishing you all the best, and please see the light on this issue.
* Did I make a Spotify playlist of songs about, inspired by, adored by, and funny-to-listen-while-thinking-about the departed sovereign? Do you even know me? (It’s a work in progress, so please either add suggestions in the comments, or, if you are not a paying subscriber, and therefore ineligible to participate in our Internet pace-setting comments section, drop me an email at matt-dot-welch-at-reason-dot-com.)
The Fifth Column podcast has the very best commenters on the Internet. You would know that, if you were one of them! But you can’t be one of them if you’re not a paying subscriber. See how that works?
* Speaking of me, you can watch me at this I-don’t-know-how-to-embed link on CSPAN’s Book TV interviewing ex-Fox News political reporter Chris Stirewalt about his new book Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back. Also, as advertised, I was on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Sept. 9; here’s the “Overtime” segment:
* During the show, I made an off-hand crack about how it ain’t guys named Chad and Tyler hanging out for day-labor jobs in front of Home Depot; this attracted the attention of Carlos Abelar, proprietor of the Los Libertinos podcast, and so we did the thing:
Was tickled to discover there that Carlos, despite being just 15 years younger than me, had never even heard the stereotype about Mexicans being lazy. Nor was he familiar with one of my very favorite entries on the ever-shrinking “Short People” playlist of songs that will eventually be cancelled:
* Speaking of presentism, the aforementioned HBO entertainer last night hit on a bunch of themes about misused history, narcissistic anti-Americanism, and wokeness gone bonkers that could have been pulled from scores of previous Fifth Column episodes. Check it out:
* In between dinner engagements and tech conferences, Kmele found time to visit A Special Place in Hell, the Substack-hosted podcast by estimable Fif’ veterans Sarah Haider (#118) and Meghan Daum (#157). From the write-up:
Sarah and Meghan inform Kmele that he’s there to represent All Men and to explain the current state of masculinity, including why so many men are addicted to porn, unable to form meaningful relationships, and are getting outpaced by women in just about every area of life. Of course, none of this applies to Kmele, who’s been with his wife since they were in high school, has tons of friends (including famous and important ones) and is a stratospheric professional success. But he gamely has the conversation anyway. The result is a deep, wide-ranging discussion about everything from the mysteries of the universe to the mysteries of audio equipment.
* You do see that we have a list of “Recommendations” on the front page of our Substack, right? While, like many corners of our workshop, it could stand to use more professional attention, it has belatedly grown to include the great Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em pod w/ Fif’ den mother Nancy Rommelmann and Texas journo-pal Sarah Hepola (#354). Which I mention because Nancy today dropped a conversation she had there with a visiting Oksana Hutnyk, who Nancy had stayed with in Lviv when she was reporting about the war in Ukraine. Which I in turn mention because the Hutnyks were over at the Welches’ last night, and nothing will warm your heart more than two 7-year-olds, born six days apart, overcoming their language barrier with a mutual desire to handcuff Vladimir Putin!