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Curse of Republicanism. The value of Constitutional Monarchy for countries. In praise of Kings and Queens.

Updated on February 14, 2016

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Constitutional Monarchy. The best form of government.

Countries where monarchy was abandoned for republicanism.

Conclusion. Constitutional Monarchy 100%. Republicanism 0%.

Watch this. Then Think.

King Juan Carlos I. The King who saved his country.
King Juan Carlos I. The King who saved his country.
Napoleon Bonaparte. Caused the death of millions.
Napoleon Bonaparte. Caused the death of millions.
Woodrow Wilson. The evil President of The United States.
Woodrow Wilson. The evil President of The United States.
Mao Tse Tung. Murderer of millions.
Mao Tse Tung. Murderer of millions.
The consequences of american independence.
The consequences of american independence.

Constitutional Monarchy. The best form of government.

The current political and economic crisis in Greece has left me thinking about the differences between countries that are monarchies, and those where the people are ruled by a republican form of government. Most particularly those where, for whatever reason, the monarchical form of government has been abandoned in favour of ideas of progress and equality.

The modern state of Greece was originally set up as a constitutional monarchy, but royalty in that country has had a chequered history. The monarchy has been abolished around four times in the last century, and one King had the misfortune to be asassinated. The last abolition was in the nineteen seventies. At the moment there is no immediate prospect of a restoration. King Constantine II lives in exile in London, and his former subjects are starting to tear the country apart.Now I am not saying that the restoration of the monarchy would repair the greek economy, but it is arguable, that had it not been abolished in the first place, it would be giving the greek people a focus of loyalty, and a feeling of historical continiuity in their institutions that would give them pause. This is something that can never be got from a purely republican form of government, where the head of state is just another politician.

The situation in Thailand illustrates my point. In this country there is an enormous amount of political upheaval at the moment. The opposition are on the streets, and many people have been, sadly, shot in clashes. But despite the bitterness of the divisions there is still one figure in the country that commands almost universal admiration.That figure is King Bhumibol. No politician could ever hope to achieve his stature. loyalty to the monarchy, and to the person of the king is the one thing that binds all factions of the country together.It is my considered opinion that the institution of Monarchy is the cement that binds the most stable nations together, and the one thing that gives " glue" to the more volatile among them. People are naturally hierarchical, and tribal in their inner being, and they need to feel they are looking up to the leaders in their society. A royal family provides for that need in the most real way.

My study of history has lead me to look at a variety of different countries, and I have concluded that no good can come to a country, or a people when they abandon the natural form of government which is embodied in hereditary monarchy. I will give just a few of them here as examples to illustrate what I mean.


Countries where monarchy was abandoned for republicanism.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

It may seem odd to some people that I would consider that the USA would have been better served if the founders of the republic had remained loyal to King George III instead of rebelling as they did in 1776, but if they had not thrown off their allegiance, for, in my opinion very dubious reasons, they could have saved themselves the trauma of the civil war. Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire in the eighteen thirties. The "independent" colonies had to endure another thirty years, and a devisive conflict to achieve the same result.

FRANCE.

France first abolished its ancient monarchy in 1792. It was immediately followed by a reign of terror in which many thousands died, and then the megalomaniac reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose lunatic attempts to conquer the rest of Europe lead to almost twenty years of war, and over six million deaths.The abolition of the monarchy in France didn't even lead on to better material conditions for the poor. Thousands of people who depended on patronage from the royal family and the nobility for employment starved when the "Rights Of Man" was the ruling philosophy in the state.

RUSSIA.

I don't think I need to go into a lot of detail about the negative effects that flowed from the republican revolution in February 1917 that overthrew the centuries old Russian Empire. I only have to type one word. STALIN.

GERMANY and AUSTRIA HUNGARY

The perniciuos meddling of, republicanism obsessed, United States President Woodrow Wilson at the later stages of the first world war, in refusing to make peace with Germany and Austria Hungary, because he wouldn't make peace with "monarchical non representational" governments, not only prolonged the war; but because it lead on to revolutions in both those countries, and the abolition of their ancient forms of royal governance, opened the way for the rise of Hitler, and the scourge of nazism.

CHINA

In 1911 the last emperor of China abdicated and the country abandoned the monarchy that had ruled for over two thousand years. The result. Thirty years of civil war, invasion by Japan, and the death of over seventy million people at the hands of Mao Tse Tung, and his lunatic social experiments when the country fell to communism in 1949.


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Conclusion. Constitutional Monarchy 100%. Republicanism 0%.

These are but a handful of examples that I have put together, but there are plenty more I could list.I don't think that Roumania became a better place after the communists abolished the constitutional monarchy, and forced King Michael to abdicate at gunpoint in 1948, nor did Bulgaria exactly prosper when the child king Simeon II was bundled out of the country by the same marxists. Italy is hardly a model of stability in the modern world. It has had 68 governments since it abolished it's monarchy in a rigged referendum in 1946. Has Laos prospered after the King and Queen were starved to death in a concentration camp by communists in the nineteen eighties? I think not.

There is one bright spot among this litany of degradation and historical spoliation. That is the ancient kingdom of Spain.In 1931 the ancient monarchy of Spain was abolished by republicans. Result. Bloody civil war followed by almost forty years of repressive fascist dictatorship. In 1975 the sad trend of history was reversed. Spain once again became a monarchy. It was under the wise leadership of King Juan Carlos that democracy and human rights were restored in that country. Some years later remnants of the fascist regime attempted to take over the country. They were foiled by the prompt and decisive action of the king who ordered the leaders of the army to support the state.It was because of their allegiance to the king that they obeyed.

To conclude my essay can I say that I am an avowed monarchist, who will always support a royal form of government, before a republican one any day. But this is not just based on sentimentality or nostalgia for times past. There is real evidence in history that the monarchical form of government is the type that suits best the human temperament, and that is more likely to lead to cohesion in states. I am not in favour of absolute monarchy, as I am also a believer in democracy and human rights. Constitutional Monarchy, as seen still in several lucky European states is the ideal. I just hope that some more of the countries that departed from their allegiances in the past might receive the blessings of peace that can result from readopting their ancient forms of government. I include in that list The United States of America.

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