Thomas Paine Was History’s Greatest Hater of the British Crown / by Ryan Zickgraf

English-born American philosopher Thomas Paine’s Common Sense savaged British royalty. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images) Originally Published in Jacobin, 09.10.2022 The American Revolution was inspired by ruthless criticism of the British monarchy. Why stop now? Since news broke of Elizabeth II’s death at age ninety-six, US social media has been awash with tributes, memes, and merciless dunksContinue reading “Thomas Paine Was History’s Greatest Hater of the British Crown / by Ryan Zickgraf”

Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign Glamorized Britain’s Political Backwardness / by John Merrick

Queen Elizabeth II on a four-day visit to Berlin, Germany in June 2015. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images) Originally published in Jacobin, 09.09.2022 During Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, the UK witnessed immense social transformation. Throughout this tumultuous period, the monarchy served one purpose: suppressing Britain’s political divisions in the name of unity and deferenceContinue reading “Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign Glamorized Britain’s Political Backwardness / by John Merrick”