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    What’s the Cure for Ailing Nations? More Kings and Queens, Monarchists Say

    Keep in context I still follow Hoppe's Democracy: The God That Failed thesis that orders from best to worst anarchy > monarchy > democracy, but here is empirical evidence monarchy is better than democracy.

    What’s the Cure for Ailing Nations? More Kings and Queens, Monarchists Say

    ...Countries with monarchies are better off because royal families act as a unifying force and a powerful symbol; monarchies rise above politics; and nations with royalty are generally richer and more stable.

    Critics say such views are antiquated and alarming in an era when democracies around the globe appear to be imperiled. The count and his band of fellow monarchists, however, are determined to make their case at conferences, in editorials and at fancy balls.

    A recent study that examined the economic performance of monarchies versus republics bolsters their views. Led by Mauro F. Guillén, a management professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the study found “robust and quantitatively meaningful evidence” that monarchies outperform other forms of government.

    Far from being a dying system, the study said, “monarchies are surprisingly prevalent around the world.” They provide a “stability that often translates into economic gains”; they are better at protecting property rights and checking abuses of power by elected officials; and they have higher per-capita national incomes, the study said.

    ...History books, of course, are replete with examples of monarchies that became symbols of repression and rapacious, cloistered wealth. Some were ousted by bloody rebellions (the American and French Revolutions) or collapsed in ruins (the Hapsburg Empire), and many have ruthlessly marginalized whole classes of people.

    But Count Tolstoy insists that monarchists are not pining for the days of absolute rulers and the divine right of kings, when Henry VIII of England could order up the execution of unwanted wives and political foes.

    Instead, his group advocates constitutional monarchies, in which a king or queen is head of state and the real power rests with an elected Parliament — much like those in Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain (although demonstrators in 2014 demanded a referendum on the Spanish royal family after King Juan Carlos abdicated).

    All of those countries, the monarchists note, have relatively strong economies....
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    I don't think the Monarch plays a huge role in the Commonwealth, particularly in terms of the economy, but there is something comforting about having a stable head of state for 70 years.

    QEII has never stepped into Canadian politics so far as I know, but she could, and she is actually someone who has earned respect over time. Her representative in parliament is a Canadian and the role of GG is actually quite helpful in ensuring parliament runs smoothly. It also connects us to the Commonwealth, and we definitely appreciate from the relationships we inherently have with other original members.

    I am not sure the Monarchy will survive Charles or William; I think QEII was our last great Monarch and that most Commonwealth countries will become Republics shortly after QEII dies. Our comfort level is about to expire at a time when most of the population has never known a different Monarch.

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