Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Monarchist Generation

Could the "millennials" be the first generation in quite awhile to be wiser than their parents and grandparents? Fully 60% of Australians aged 18-24 support keeping the monarchy, as do a narrow majority of Australians overall. In no age group do republicans now outnumber monarchists, though the gap is much narrower among baby boomers. God Save the Queen of Australia!

It's not hard to see why when following coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's ongoing triumphant visit to Australia, including this visit to the Blue Mountains.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monarchist Thought of the Day

Why do so many people believe that winning an election is more indicative of "merit" than hereditary succession? Where is the evidence for this widespread belief? And why should anyone have more confidence in the wisdom of the electorate, who just happened to be born in the right place and time and didn't do anything to be qualified to vote other than be 18 or older, than in that of one person, who just happened to be born in the right place and time and didn't do anything to get into the royal family? An individual might be good and wise, or he might not. A majority of the public? Far less likely. And the sort of person who wants and seeks the highest office in the land--something dictators and elected presidents have in common, though their means differ--is precisely the last sort of person who should be entrusted with it.

No divine right monarchist has ever been more mystical and unscientific about Royal Blood than republicans are about Elections and Public Opinion.

Monday, March 31, 2014

An Archduke's New Video

Earlier this month, Ferdinand Habsburg (aka HI&RH Archduke Ferdinand, de jure Crown Prince of Austria & Hungary) released his second "vlog" (first here) on his training as an aspiring future Emperor...uh, I mean, racing driver.

It's hard for monarchists not to feel a twinge of disappointment when this charming 16-year-old (who undoubtedly would make a splendid Crown Prince if he were allowed to be) says that "One day I'd like to be famous for being a successful F1 driver, and not for being the great-grandson of the Emperor." But then if one of the advantages of monarchy is a head of state who did not seek the position, one can hardly expect non-reigning royalty to "campaign," and with the role of Crown Prince not currently available, HI&RH must carve out his own future. (One just hopes he'll stay safe.) Alas, it is the lot of 21st-century monarchists to often find ourselves "plus royaliste que le roi."

Prince George and the World

HRH Prince George: the world's youngest diplomat, and ready to drive the final nail in the coffin of Australian republicanism next month.

Scum Then. Scum Now.

It's true that the internet brings out the worst in people, as any good royalist unable to ignore the hateful comments inevitably appearing at the bottom of almost any online article on the British royal family can attest. However, "British" republicans haven't really changed since 1871, when a radical newspaper published the following on the death of the day-old son of the Prince (future Edward VII) & Princess of Wales:

"We have much satisfaction in announcing that the newly born child of the Prince and Princess of Wales died shortly after its birth, thus relieving the working men of England from having to support hereafter another addition to the long roll of State beggars they at present maintain." (Jane Ridley, The Heir Apparent, 172.)

Restoration in Libya?

Could Libya be the first country to return to sanity and restore its monarchy in the 21st century? Pray for a domino effect! (And someone needs to tell that high school student that monarchy does not mean that "one person governs a whole country alone.") It was Kadhafi who overthrew the monarchy in 1969, so if you hate Kadhafi, you should be for the monarchy. Long live the Senussi dynasty and the Kingdom of Libya!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hierarchy vs. Equality

This excellent analysis of How Hierarchy is Kinder to the Poor than Equality ought to make sense to anyone who has watched Downton Abbey.