Friday, July 10, 2009

1776 revisited

Anarcho-capitalist Stephan Kinsella, though not a monarchist, dissents from the prevailing view that the American Revolution was a wonderful thing. A vigorous debate ensues. [To address the argument that modern Britain, though a constitutional monarchy, is hardly a model of limited government, I would point out that it was only the emasculation of the Crown and the [hereditary] Lords in favor of the Commons (and increasingly, of even the Commons in favor of the European Union) that made this possible.]

Along the same lines, the late John Attarian's 2003 "Hurrah for King George!" is always worth re-reading.

As a monarchist, for whom monarchy is a positive good and not merely a "lesser evil," I obviously believe anarcho-capitalists to be wrong to suggest that the state could or should be dispensed with entirely. But recognition that the replacement of kings with presidents and other non-hereditary sorts of rulers increased, rather than decreased, the potential for tyranny is always welcome.

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