Stability for Whom and with What Aim?
We are told the hereditary passing of immense power and privilege from god-appointed mother to son to “reign over us” is a fait accompli; a matter of “stability” in a changing world. Stability for whom we must ask, and with what aim?
Can we say that there has been stability for the working people and the oppressed of the world, or of the Commonwealth countries or of Britain or Canada because of such anachronistic institutions and arrangements? What about all the countries and peoples that have been the victims of British rule and forms of governance called “peace, order and good government.”
Peace signified the brutal suppression of the struggles of the colonized peoples for independence. Order meant the establishment of the system of courts, police, and prisons to keep the working people in check and to deal with political and economic rivals. Good government refers to the system of party rule and elections that make sure the people are divided and cannot formulate and implement a nation-building agenda of their own that favours them, not the rich and their rule.
Has this “constitutional order” brought stability for the people? Of course not. Even the rich and the rulers bemoan the fact every day that everything is out of their control. No matter what dictates they issue to force people to submit to them and to control the productive forces, the productive powers are growing exponentially and have broken the bounds of anyone’s control.