Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn on Royal Babies

Recent events remind me of the following passage from Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:

Monarchy is an organic form of government, in which reason can harmoniously be joined to the the Gefühlswelt [ …] Monarchy is not a ‘thought out,’ artificial, arithmetical form of government, rather in the strictest sense of the word “natural,” proportioned to the nature of man. Begetting and birth are contrasted to poster covered walls and nights at the computer after election battles. (Die rechtgestellten Weichen, Wien: Karolinger Verlag, 1989, p.94).


2 thoughts on “Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn on Royal Babies

  1. The news led me to similar thoughts–monarchy ties government into natural cycles of life. The King will sometimes be enfeebled, and will sometimes be a child. And while these possibilities are often the first argument made against monarchy, I think it is almost the weakest. Any governor, however chosen, will sometimes be foolish, reckless, easily led, short-sighted, etc. And though monarchy and democracy produce different tendencies for the vices of rulers, I’m not at all sure we should prefer the vices of democracy. Heredity brings to power those who did not seek it–and brings with it the vices of inherited position: being weak-willed, lazy, impractical, undiscerning, or plain uninterested. Democratic election brings to power only those who did seek it, and brings the vices of ambition: selfishness, manipulation, means-justifying amorality.


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