The Failure of Meghan and Harry

By |2021-03-19T11:32:42-05:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Aristocracy, England, John Horvat, Monarchy|

The role of Harry and Meghan, the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was to be the almost fairy-tale models for a world in need of elite leadership. They were called to embody all that is excellent in the British nation so that others might strive to imitate them. But they have utterly failed in [...]

“The People”: Sheep and Feathers

By |2020-07-15T12:29:01-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Democracy, Freedom, Government, Great Books, Monarchy, Politics, William Shakespeare|

Abstract law or the worship of a document is not sufficient for guidance of a people, nor are the paltry checks of public shame and dread enough to deter criminality. We stand a far greater chance of learning wisdom from William Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” than we do from listening to the countless talking heads and [...]

The Hobbes-Bramhall Debate on Liberty and Necessity

By |2020-11-23T08:17:17-06:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Government, Leviathan, Monarchy, Political Philosophy, Politics, Western Civilization|

Despite their contrasting metaphysics, Thomas Hobbes and John Bramhall were Royalist supporters during the English Civil War. Both men believed that monarchy was the best form of government despite their opposing perceptions of liberty. If philosophy influences politics, why then would two thinkers’ opposing philosophical views result in support for the same form of government? [...]

The Saudi Crown Prince Starring in the Role of Henry II

By |2018-10-25T10:26:36-05:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Ethics, Joseph Mussomeli, Journalism, Middle East, Monarchy, Politics, Tyranny|

We have all seen the scene at least once, although some of us have savored it perhaps dozens of times. The handsome, dynamic, misunderstood, modernizing young king, with his slender physique, slender beard, and even more slender morals, strutting about the banquet hall knocking the plates and goblets off the table in a drunken frenzy. [...]

John Adams on the Passion for Distinction in Society

By |2019-07-09T14:22:23-05:00September 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Civil Society, Democracy, Featured, John Adams, Liberty, Monarchy, Politics, Social Order|

Political Architecture: The Natural Order of the Many A full understanding of the passion for distinction requires that we look at man not only as the object of attention but also as the agent of notice, as he responds to other men who excel him in any of the qualities of fortune. Viewing men in [...]

Who Has the Right to Rule Us?

By |2019-11-08T16:03:47-06:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Civilization, Democracy, Featured, Monarchy, Political Philosophy|

There’s an old joke that goes, “The definition of a gentleman is someone who knows how to play the accordion, but doesn’t.” The same principle, when applied to political philosophy, contains much wisdom. The definition of a governor, whether he be a president, prime minister, or king, is someone who has the power to destroy [...]

Of Majesty and Anarchy

By |2019-12-19T12:15:39-06:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Monarchy, Rome|

“… then Perceval was told that because he did not ask why the Lance bled or whom the Grail served, his land would become even more waste and desolate…” —Arthur C. L. Brown, The Bleeding Lance (1910) Once upon a time the luminous oracle of Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue consecrated the birth of a lonely and mysterious [...]

Why I Am a Monarchical Republican

By |2019-06-11T17:54:01-05:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: Monarchy, Republicans|

John Adams Gathering my thoughts to once again tackle the question of monarchism, I glanced over the comments on my 2014 essay, “Why I’m a Monarchist.” One commenter, known only as Harris and identified only as an aging Maltese, noted that “Thomas Hobbes makes the argument more pungently, and more brutally. What is [...]

Monarchy, Democracy, and Plutocracy

By |2018-09-20T11:39:32-05:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Christendom, Democracy, Featured, Government, Joseph Pearce, Monarchy, Politics|

My recent article on the relative merits of monarchy and democracy brought an array of comments from both ends of the political spectrum. At one extreme I was berated for suggesting that the absolutist view of monarchy, rooted in the political theory of the divine right of kings, was wrong. The person who made this [...]

Monarchy, Democracy, and Social Justice

By |2019-06-13T10:56:24-05:00March 15th, 2015|Categories: Democracy, Joseph Pearce, Monarchy|

Like many modern people, or, at any rate, like many modern people in England, I would describe myself as a monarchist and, at the same time, as a believer in democracy. Am I therefore an idiot? Am I guilty of holding two mutually exclusive positions simultaneously? Am I like the poor dupes in George Orwell’s [...]

Federal Liberty: The Importance of the Dutch Example

By |2020-01-09T11:49:10-06:00May 13th, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Government, Monarchy, Religion|

Conservatives to a significant degree are defined by their respect for historical origins. In the American context this has meant recognizing the importance of a tradition with its roots in England, but also further back, and further East. To put it in terms reminiscent of Russell Kirk, the religion of Jerusalem, the philosophy of Athens, [...]

Why I’m a Monarchist

By |2015-07-06T23:08:26-05:00March 13th, 2014|Categories: Monarchy, Politics|Tags: |

I would like to offer Mr. Rod Dreher a response to his recent article, “Among the Neoreactionaries”, as I’m afraid there aren’t many of them (perhaps us), and it would be no fun a’tall if the discussion wasn’t taken up by the someone with at least sympathy for the current of American reactionary ideology. I [...]

Prince Charles: Imaginative Conservative

By |2016-07-17T10:00:00-05:00September 11th, 2013|Categories: Communio, England, Featured, Monarchy, Stratford Caldecott|

Few Britons and fewer Americans, I suspect, know much about the Prince of Wales, except that he is first in line to the throne. But in fact his vast range of public and charitable works, and his frequent interventions in public debate, will probably have a bigger influence on the nation than anything he will [...]

The Myth of Limited Government

By |2014-01-10T20:31:39-06:00August 17th, 2012|Categories: Democracy, Government, Joe Sobran, Monarchy|

We are taught that the change from monarchy to democracy is progress; that is, a change from servitude to liberty. Yet no monarchy in Western history ever taxed its subjects as heavily as every modern democracy taxes its citizens. But we are taught that this condition is liberty, because “we” are—freely—taxing “ourselves.” The individual, as [...]

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