Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Challenge to Assent

HSH Hereditary Prince Alois, Regent of LiechtensteinA conflict over regal powers is ongoing in the Principality of Liechtenstein. So the Bangkok Post reports.


Anonymous said...

The trouble with Liechtenstein and the key flaw in their otherwise almost ideal constitution is the republican option. The Prince does not have the power to prevent an absolute majority of citizens from adopting a republican constitution. This ultimately means the Prince holds his throne by the grace of the people, and worse, that not only does an individual Prince rely on the people for his power, but the monarchy as a whole is subject to disestablishment by them, a sure formula for disaster. Liechtenstein will not long remain the freest state in Europe (with the possible exception of Monaco) if the republican option is kept on the table

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Indeed, sir!

This was part of the 2003 package, and the typical commenter/reporter in the mainstream media did not mention this -- let alone reflect on it. It was called a return to absolute monarchy, but how could a monarchy with such a constitutional provision be an absolute monarchy?

Anonymous said...

Of course it cannot. Some monarchists, in fact, such as the staunchly traditional Spanish Carlist blogger known as Firmus Et Rusticus, would contend, and not without reason, that such a monarchy is not a monarchy at all.