Brian Leiter has a link to a riveting film clip of the attack on Camilla and Charles’ Rolls; someone is shouting “off with their heads.” There’s a quite good discussion in the accompanying article about the price people in various countries are now paying for the comfort of the wealthy. And comments about what is being conveyed by the sight of a royal couple in a Rolls Royce driving through a crowd of protestors.
Looking around at various clips, I found a BBC reimagining of the royal family. It’s a stark reminder of some of the class/economic/cultural differences that used to exist in the UK, and perhaps still do.
I certainly knew people who went from a background like the one portrayed – particularly well captured by the father – to Oxford; in fact, I have sat in front of the telly in rooms quite like that, though the mums weren’t wearing a crown. You can imagine what they thought of someone bringing home an American working on philosophy in Oxford; the reactions were not favorable, but since I was convinced that everyone over 30 was out of their heads, it didn’t matter to me then.
At the same time, though I was caught in these very unfamiliar cultural clashes, I could hardly like the classist attitudes of the people whom I was more like. Very difficult.
These cultural/class/economic differences can constitute great divides, and while in the US the idea that higher education involves a debt is not a surprise, in a country where that isn’t a familiar idea, the coalition gov’t actions at least threaten the idea of providing equal opportunities to children of the less advantaged. As so many are arguing.