Are the only Mediæval events which the mainstream media deem worthy of commemoration the ones which fit into the grand progressive narrative of mankind’s glorious march towards Fukuyama’s liberal ‘end of history’? From yesterday’s Sydney Daily Telegraph:
1215The rest of the events dated from 1844. There was one listed modern-era event which I found particularly interesting, though:
King John averts a civil war by stamping the royal seal on the Magna Carta at Runnymede, England. It guarantees a list of citizens' rights.
Wat Tyler, leader of the English peasants’ revolt against heavy tax on the poor, is beheaded in London by order of the lord mayor, a day after winning concessions from King Richard II.
(The Daily Telegraph, Monday, June 15, 2009, Sydney, Australia, p. 41)
1940I had not heard of, or at least did not recall hearing of, this event until reading that entry. As is well-known, the High Court judged a Cold-War-era attempt by Sir Robert Menzies to outlaw the Communist Party to be unconstitutional. I wonder when the effect of the 1940 attempt ceased (which, presumably, it must have, if the later attempt was necessary), and why it succeeded in the first place? Surely it didn’t go unopposed?
Communist and fascist parties are declared illegal under the wartime federal National Security Act. It allows their property to be seized.