INDEPENDENT NEWS

Feedback: A New Commonwealth

Published: Fri 31 Aug 2001 11:57 AM
Re: Keith Rankin: Global Oligopoly
Dear Keith,
there already is a Commonwealth in our part of the world - it's called Australia and NZ has a constitutional right to rejoin.
Cheers,
Adam Bogacki, Sydney. afb3@primus.com.au
P.S. The Latin 'res publica', literally 'thing public', is often translated in modern terms as 'republic', but also as 'common wealth'. The first Commonwealth in the English-speaking world was Cromwell's which has received a slanderous press ever since the Restoration - you should read some of the virulent royalist tracts of the time. Tom Paine was banished and his books burned for suggesting an English republic after the American revolution (but before the French). Not much has changed since. Now, however, Britain is no longer an imperial power and as a member of the EU has to confront the unpalatable fact that much of its history since Waterloo puts it at odds with the other members, many of which are republics. It can be argued that republican ideals of inclusion are now taking on a new currency.
Have a look at John Keane's "Tom Paine: A Political Life", Bloomsbury, 1995.
Scoop Feedback
Scoop Independent News
Scoop is NZ's largest independent news source; respected widely in media, political, business and academic circles for being the place on the internet for publishing "what was really said", and for the quality of its analysis of issues.

Next in Comment

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK
By: Binoy Kampmark
Foreign Correspondent: Rightwing Populism Will Make You Sick—Really
By: Reese Erlich
Dunne Speaks: Early Voting Is OK, If You Know Who To Vote For
By: Peter Dunne
Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not
By: The Conversation
On The Recession, And On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-election
By: Gordon Campbell
Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics
By: The Conversation
The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising
By: Binoy Kampmark
Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face
By: Binoy Kampmark
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media