Category: BOURGEOIS VALUES

Britain’s royal wedding: Recasting the monarchy in the age of identity politics

PAUL MITCHELL—oday, US actress Rachel Meghan Markle marries His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David, Prince of Wales—otherwise known as Prince Harry. In what is being billed as a breakthrough for feminism, Markle will proceed unaccompanied down the aisle of St. George’s chapel, Windsor Castle, where she will be met by Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.

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Trotkyist WSWS website delivers scathing balance sheet of left movements in Latin America.

BILL VAN AUKEN—The ICFI warned that the Pabloites’ elevation of Castro as a “natural Marxist,” entailed the wholesale repudiation of the historical and theoretical conception of the socialist revolution going back to Marx, and laid the basis for the liquidation of the revolutionary cadre assembled by the Trotskyist movement internationally into the camp of bourgeois nationalism and Stalinism.

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BOOKS—Russian Peace Threat: Russia Sends Yuri Gagarin Around the World for Peace; US Invades Cuba

RON RIDENOUR—“As the cold war reached freezing point, the USA and the Soviet Union entered the space race both hoping to be the first nation to conquer space. In 1957 the Soviets, led by the extraordinarily talented rocket scientist Korolyev, launched the first manmade satellite (sputnik) into orbit. This was soon followed by the first animal in orbit with Laika the dog. Laika sadly never returned to earth but in 1960 the heroic dogs Belka and Strelka successfully orbited the earth for a day and returned safely, laying the final grounds for the first human space flight” wrote Louise Whitworth.

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MIKE FAULKNER: The situation as seen from London

MIKE FAULKNER—In 2003, in the days and weeks preceding the invasion of Iraq, it is notable that the largest anti-war demonstrations were in those countries whose governments were directly involved in the invasion or who supported it. Two huge demonstrations in London, one numbering two million people and the other more than one million, were the biggest mass mobilizations in British history.

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Meditations on Skripal

JIMMIE MOGLIA—Meantime, during the re-enactment of the Vendome-Alberoni episode by the UK establishment, the European media announced and confirmed that London has currently a higher murder rate than New York City, for the first time in contemporary history. Which is meaningful. For one, England has a complete ban on private ownership of guns, and knives are the most expedient method of assassination.

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