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Britain’s Cult of the Fallen Soldier

What's left of the Left?

(Article originally published by Dissident Voice on 6/11/2012)

As the run up to Armistice Day (or Remembrance Day) in the UK quickens, the red poppy is becoming a part of daily life, with an estimated 40 million made by the Royal British Legion each year. The red poppy this week will become a constant in the public sphere, and is so prevalent on the lapels of individuals it becomes almost unnoticeable.

Around the UK, citizens are answering the call of their nation, and in numbers are showing where their allegiance lies, to the soldiers of the United Kingdom past and present (as the Royal British Legion, the charity which produces the poppies, states), and subconsciously at the very least, to the British nation. The poppy becomes a symbol of identity, one that continuously reminds people of their national identity and those who fight under the banner of the nation, and…

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