The Royal Wedding is big news today.
Less noticed are the bizarre juxtapositions or painful ironies that typically accompany our attempts to hang on with nostalgia to good old feudalism and oligarchy, such as:
- The dictatorial King Mswati III of Swaziland was there to celebrate the marriage of William and Kate, while his people continue to live under his repressive rule celebrating their high levels of extreme poverty and the lowest life expectancies and highest HIV rates in the world.
- The Independent reports on the other dictators, or representatives of dictators, invited to the Royal Wedding from Bahrain, Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia. Invitees from Syria and Libya, apparently, were told not to come. Would be unseemly, at the moment.
- In the Huffington Post, the British Ambassador to the U.S. Nigel Sheinwald asks:
Why is a nation whose founding document rejects the “absolute despotism” and “long train of abuses and usurpations” of a past British king so gripped by the marriage of a future one?
Yeah, why? I wonder how many of our founding fathers would view America’s fascination with British royalty? Sheinwald doesn’t really answer the question, but instead just repeats all that blather about our shared history, commonalities, etc. So anyway, cheers!