“It was pitiful for a person born in a wholesome free atmosphere to listen to their humble and hearty outpourings of loyalty”

July 23, 2013 at 1:18 am (Beyond parody, insanity, Jim D, Monarchy, republicanism)

“It was pitiful for a person born in a wholesome free atmosphere to listen to their humble and hearty outpourings of loyalty toward their king and Church and nobility; as if they had any more occasion to love and honor king and Church and noble than a slave has to love and honor the lash, or a dog has to love and honor the stranger that kicks him! Why, dear me, ANY kind of royalty, howsoever modified, ANY kind of aristocracy, howsoever pruned, is rightly an insult; but if you are born and brought up under that sort of arrangement you probably never find it out for yourself, and don’t believe it when somebody else tells you. It is enough to make a body ashamed of his race to think of the sort of froth that has always occupied its thrones without shadow of right or reason, and the seventh-rate people that have always figured as its aristocracies — a company of monarchs and nobles who, as a rule, would have achieved only poverty and obscurity if left, like their betters, to their own exertions…

The truth was, the nation as a body was in the world for one object, and one only: to grovel before king and Church and noble; to slave for them, sweat blood for them, starve that they might be fed, work that they might play, drink misery to the dregs that they might be happy, go naked that they might wear silks and jewels, pay taxes that they might be spared from paying them, be familiar all their lives with the degrading language and postures of adulation that they might walk in pride and think themselves the gods of this world. And for all this, the thanks they got were cuffs and contempt; and so poor-spirited were they that they took even this sort of attention as an honor”  – Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

5 Comments

  1. Kate: The Nation Rejoices, it’s a Wee Boy! | Tendance Coatesy said,

    […] are proud to pour out our humble loyalty to  Her Royal Highness The Duchess of […]

  2. Jim Denham said,

    …Meanwhile over at Socialist Unity, someone makes the mistake of thinking Nooman’s good wishes to the royals were meant ironically…

    Nooman: It would be churlish not to extend good wishes to the Royal parents, but equally there were 2200 babies born yesterday across the UK, and it is crying shame that not all of them have the same prospects of sucess in life: that some will be destined to suffer from entirely avoidable disadvantages of prejudice, discrimination, thwarted ambitions, poverty and neglect.

    Vanya: As I’m constantly being told, irony doesn’t work too well online :)

    Nooman: No, I mean it. Having a baby is a very special experience, and I have no negative feelings against the Royals.

    • Andrew Coates said,

      Andy Newman’s wise and kind words…bless!

      • dagmar said,

        Newman’s wise words: they’re no surprise though, are they?

        Exactly to read this kind of thing was the reason I looked at Socialist Unity today, and I wasn’t dissapointed.

  3. dagmar said,

    Tomorrow’s headline in the soaraway Morning Star:

    “Gawd Bless You, Ma’am. Cor Blimey, I’d Gladly Give You And Your Attractive Loyal Airforce Husband All The Coal In Our Cellar AND The Last Pieces Of Gruel and Bread/Dripping, It Would Make Me And Our Kind So Happy, Your Highness SAYS SOUTH-WESTERN EX-TROT NOW TANKIE TURNCOAT AND GMB LABOUR MP WANNABE…AND WE’RE WITH HIM ALL THE WAY, MA’AM.”

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