Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Report from a Funeral

Last September over at The Daily Reckoning, Bill Bonner reported from a funeral:

"She was a royalist. In fact, the whole family are royalists," explained a neighbour, after the funeral.

"There are a few people like that in France. It isn't serious in the sense that no one really expects France to become a monarchy again. Some people just admire the British for their royal family. Especially when there are royal marriages. It's a kind of focus for the whole nation. And everyone seems to like the pageantry of it.

"And most people probably imagine a parliamentary system with a king at the head of it... like the Netherlands or Spain. But this family is a little special. They want an absolute monarchy."

"Well, there is something to be said for monarchy", said another person at our table. At least, it is much clearer and more honest. In a democracy, such as we have here in France, you don't really know who's in charge... or what they really want. The voters think they are in charge, but they have no real idea of what is going on. They get tired of one party and they switch to the other. The real deals are made behind the scenes.

"Yes, democracy is a fraud. The voters think they are in charge. But they're not."

"And I don't know if it would be any better if they really were in charge," another friend added. "I mean, just because you can get a majority of dumbbells to vote for something doesn't make it right. Remember that both Hitler and Mussolini began by getting elected.

"I don't even understand the idea of it. I mean theoretically. What gives the majority the right to tell everyone what to do? At least, with a monarch there's a kind of logic to it. The people obey the king. The king obeys God. Good kings were good. Bad kings were bad."

"There's another way in which a king may be better," we volunteered. "The voters, especially old voters, have now realised that they can vote themselves more money - more healthcare and more pension benefits, usually. No candidate for president can tell them the truth - that we can't afford to give them the benefits they're getting now. So, the system just keeps going... until it finally blows up.

"At least, a monarch - who didn't have to face re-election - would be able to do what needs to be done."

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