Maybe a Ceremonial Monarchy Can Show the Way to a Less Powerful State

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“When it comes to kings and queens I agree that, as Monty Python had it regarding King Arthur, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. I’m a skeptic. But people seem better at dumping the forms of monarchy than at disposing of the practice. Solitary rulers still command in many countries, eschewing titles and crowns while wielding power to interfere in people’s lives. In recent generations, the British royal family evolved in a different direction, embodying crowd-pleasing pageantry while abandoning most of the political role that made the monarchy so dangerous in the past. Harmlessly satisfying an appetite for pomp while threatening nobody’s liberty is a decent attribute for any institution — and one to which we should aspire for government in general.” (09/12/22)