There was a brief opinion piece on Reason a few weeks ago that I have been meaning to comment on. I found the article rather odd concerning reasons normal fare, cosmotarian drug/gay/government pieces, as the piece was on the benefits of monarchy. For many Americans the idea that monarchism would somehow be the best, and perhaps most libertarian, form of government is intrinsically at odds with out world view; or it at least it appears that way.
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Many of the Canadian bloggers that I read are Monarchists. In fact, some are of the opinion that the king or queen should actively partake in daily governance, rather than the ceremonial position they occupy now. As for myself, my official opinion is that it doesn't matter. My primary concern is liberty and good governance, which are synonymous, and though American republicans Canadian and British monarchists could debate the benefits and pitfalls of each system of governance, and which form of government would ultimately best protect our rights, the fact is that we are not to the point where those pitfalls and strengths of those systems of government really matter. I suspect that for republicans and monarchists alike, if they were to live in the other system at it's most optimal, would be perfectly content to live in the opposing system of governance.
The state and current trajectory of the West makes the debate, admittedly of really only academic interest during good times, a potentially dangerous diversion today. There isn't a nation in the West today, be it a constitutional monarchy or a republic, that has not seen a significant reversal in regards to the cause of liberty. Neither the crown nor sacred document have, or could have, prevented the cultural crises we face today. The West has fallen out of love with liberty and that is a tragedy. It will take the combined efforts of liberty minded republicans and monarchists to reverse the disastrous trajectory our culture is taking today. Ultimately, If making America a monarchy, or conversely Great Britain a republic, would somehow reverse the trend then I, and I suspect my monarchists counterparts, could live with it. Either way, either system of governance, which are inherently rooted in tradition and the nature of man, is obviously superior to the modern demagogue democracy we find ourselves in today.
I'd rather have a king in the model of this man:
Than a president in the model of this one: