The simple case for the monarchy

It should not be a surprise that I support the Danish monarchy. In general, countries “ruled” by constitutional monarchy – that is, severely limited in power – have enjoyed substantially more peace and prosperity that republics or dictatorships, be they despots, communists or absolute monarchs.

But Nassim Nicholas Taleb puts it rather simply this way:

The main purpose of religion […] is not to affirm that there is a God, but to prevent humans from thinking they are Gods.

Likewise the purpose of a modern king is not to rule, but to prevent politicians & office climbers from thinking that they are kings.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Constitutional monarchy is an interesting legal construction and the Danish constitution is no less so. For example, on paper, the Queen is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the head of government. In reality, not so much.

As an aside, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Margrethe II has become Europe’s longest serving current head of state, and globally only the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei have served longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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