Charles again

Brian has been in the news again.

This time for giving a speech on the occasion of being awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa title by Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj on May 29th. You can read the full text of the speech here. Eloquent and displaying a clear and very real love for Romania it nevertheless carries all the traits of a typical Charles Romania speech, which can be paraphrased as: ‘you lucky little people with your backbreaking work and outside toilets.’

As we have said one thousand times before, the Romania Charles loves exists only in his head. He endlessly romanticises peasant life, and in finding ways to support people living these lives, Charles is irrefutably helping to keep them where they are. This of course fits in with his world view: the idea that there is a natural order of things, and that everyone should know their place. If you are born a prince you must stay a prince. If you are born a peasant you must stay a peasant. The idea of social mobility does not exist for someone like Charles.

His love for Romania may be real. Such a shame that the idyllic, happy peasants toiling in the fields Romania he loves is not.


8 thoughts on “Charles again

  1. Some people are really enamored of rural life. Charles is one of them. I can see why he wants to preserve farming — change happens really fast now and what’s gone is gone forever. Maybe on the rural enclaves he owns life will not be so gruelling if staffing and (limited) machinery are adequate.


    1. Oh, and upward mobility in Romania tends to be the Gigi Becali/Gabriela Firea sort. I can see why Brian and many others might not find it alluring.


    2. It is not that he wants to preserve farming that it is the problem per se, it is that he wants to preserve it for others. He advocates a way of life that he himself does not wish to lead.


  2. You sound like a left-winger not a libertarian. Life is hard indeed in the countryside but this way of life was the essence of Europe for millenia. Social mobility and doing what your ancestors have done for generations are at odds and there is much to be said on both sides. But tradition and hereditary callings and hierarchy are what a monarchy is all about.

    Back in the 1980s sweet English upper class girls used to say things like, ‘I think people were happier when they knew their place’. I wonder if they still do.


  3. One of the very biggest problems in Romania is that the elite was eliminated by the Communists, although some emigres have returned and some reemerged after 1989.


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