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PostMonarchies Have No Place in the 21st Century (Anthony J Candil, USA, 09/21/22 3:39 am)
I congratulate my dear friend Consoly León Arias on her dispassionate analysis of the European monarchies. As usual, well written and said.
Nevertheless, and JE knows that I am a fervent believer in the values of the Republic, I believe that the monarchy as a political system is completely outdated and out of place in the Western world in the 21st century. No head of state should lead without having been chosen by the people. Anywhere.
I recall something said by Thomas Paine in 1775: "Why do we have to obey someone just for the only reason of being someone's son?"
I cannot see any reason or issue where the present king of Spain had done anything for the sake of his country. What has he done to justify his position? And the same can be said regarding most monarchs. They are privileged people living on their subjects as parasites. And no matter what, they are there to stay forever. They even enjoy total immunity (e.g. the former king Juan Carlos), so they are above the law.
Honestly, I cannot understand, again going back to Spain, why a left-wing government--bad or good--which declares itself in favor of a republic, doesn't call the Spanish people to a referendum asking them what they want. And let's not forget that the present Spanish monarchy was never restored. It was set up by none other than General Francisco Franco, stating clearly that it was a new monarchy, and that his successor will carry the title of King! Even Juan Carlos' father, Infante Don Juan, was against such a decision and didn't want to recognize his son as king (it took him two years to finally accept it).
Therefore, where are we? I think that monarchies will continue on and on, and as uneducated and ignorant as the people are, monarchs will thrive better.
Consoly also mentioned the "undervalued and excellent military and university training of Philip VI." Well, I am not going to dispute such an irrelevant issue but I can harbor many doubts. Did Philip undergo any admission tests to enter either the military academies or universities? Do we know anything about his qualifications or grades? Did he complete the whole curriculum for his studies? The answer to all that is probably not. And someone might even say it's unnecessary, well, let's not even talk about that. His father, Juan Carlos, was a very bad student and I mentioned what one of his teachers said about him in my book El Golpe del Rey.
In any case, I think monarchies, shame on them, will last. Because the people are ignorant.
By the way, a couple of weeks ago Michael Smerconish asked his audience, which will last longer, the British monarchy or US democracy? I defer to you all his question.
JE comments: Let's discuss Smerconish's question. We may have some clarity on American democracy by this November, or at least in 2024. The survival of Britain's democracy depends on how well Charles III fills the very big shoes of his late mother.
Anthony Candil reports that he is on his way to Costa Rica for a month. Safe travels, and please send a report or two!