Monarchism

in American Charles Coulombe (though he’s too Blue for this Red Tory!), a couple brief, interesting articles:

  • The Monarchy in Australia,” written before the republic referendum, mostly regarding the ‘orthodox’ forms of religions, and monarchy.  I note especially (and with apology to Pacific Islanders), “For in the end, the greatest argument in the world on the issue at hand remains this: these United States are the most powerful nation in the world, and they are a republic. It matters not that, save ourselves {sic!} and Switzerland, the world’s republics sway giddily between chaos and despotism. In the face of all reason and logic, and even though it is generally understood rather than stated, here is the heart of the matter. Really though, it is a sort of Cargo Cult approach to politics. Instead of building an imitation airstrip so that phantom cargo planes bearing goods will come, the Keatingites would build an imitation republic, sure that ‘nationhood’ whatever that may be, will follow.”
  • and “In Defense of Monarchy,” a general USA-eye-view survey of the question.  Although given the abuses of some if not many U.S. Presidents – especially the (alleged) incumbent – I’m not so sure I want even a good king or queen regnant to have as much power as they!  What’s painfully clear from the last six years is that the mere “power of the purse,” even the power of impeachment and removal, are not sufficient checks on corruption and authoritarianism.  But he goes over some familiar territory – including all the great ironies – in unique ways!  I note especially, One of the major roles of the monarch is as ultimate guardian of the law….  It has rarely happened in this century, but on several occasions, where prime ministers have tried illegally to hold on to power, or to void their respective constitutions, such as in 1930s Italy, the sovereign or his representative has acted decisively to maintain the rule of law. In other cases, where the political classes have been unanimous in their support of or opposition to a measure against the interests of the people, such as in 1990s Thailand, the sovereign has raised his voice, when no one else could speak….  If anything, if the institution is ever to regain its effectiveness, kings must begin to act in regard to politicians not as if they were the chosen servants of the people of legend and tale, but what they are: the governing caste, whose interests frequently run counter to those of the folk from whose votes they claim to derive legitimacy.”  I also didn’t know Washington kept post-Communist, Orthodox Romania, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia from restoring their monarchies.  Shameful internal interference in societies Americans don’t understand!
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