Do Not Confuse Appearance and Function: Constraints Need Not Be Monarchical

Source: Cato Unbound
by Vincent Geloso

“Thanks to the arguments of Profs. Spruk and Guillen, I did realize one of the implicit assumptions in my mind that motivated my case. I argue that we should not get rid of ceremonial monarchs because of who the average (or even median) anti-monarchist is. That average anti-monarchist never emphasizes the role of political constraints. He also never proposes a replacement constraint. In other words, my defense of existing ceremonial monarchies is based on the fact that no one has come up with a better instrument to constrain rulers in places where ceremonial monarchs still rule.” (07/08/21)