Monarchy Forum
Sign up Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
Ponocrates

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 2,517
Reply with quote  #1 
The Monarchist website has a story about General MacArthur as a life-long monarchist.

http://themonarchist.blogspot.com/2010/08/monarchist-macarthur.html


Quote:
I was surprised to read in Secret Places, Hidden Sanctuaries (a jolly good book in which I shall provide a later review) that General Douglas MacArthur was a lifelong monarchist, and apparently even a member of the Royal Stuart Society, after that monarchist society was established in 1926. Prominent Americans are not (never?) renown for this.


Then, as the article indicates, he reconstituted Japan as a constitutional monarchy.  How many other American leaders would have done that?    MacArthur seems to be an American that monarchists could celebrate as one of their own. 


__________________
"For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." - Anatole France

Personal Motto: "Deō regī patriaeque fidelis."
Royalistdefender

Registered:
Posts: 849
Reply with quote  #2 

Hmmm, I find that both surprizing and fascinating!

Peter

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 7,516
Reply with quote  #3 
My impression has always been that, firstly, MacArthur was personally impressed by the Emperor, and secondly his concern was for public order and a peaceful and stable occupation, which he believed would be made more possible by retaining the revered Imperial institution. I am sure entirely correctly.

If he did have personal monarchical leanings that would certainly be surprising, but I doubt whether that would have influenced his decision as much as the obvious practical consideration, that there was no reason apart from spite to cause the upheaval that would inevitably follow the abolition of the monarchy.
Ponocrates

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 2,517
Reply with quote  #4 
Peter, I think you are right that MacArthur understood the prudence of keeping the Emperor in the final reestablishment of Japan, which was his main motivation. However, this doesn't mean, as you say, that it wouldn't also suit his own monarchist sympathies (which is the surprising allegation in the article).  Because we don't have any examples of him ending a monarchy for the sake of practical considerations, we cannot say that he was only a pragmatist.    And I should research if there was any opposition by the State Department and the Washington political class against MacArthur's decision to keep the Emperor, such an opposition not based on practical considerations, but for a republican ideological bent that seemed to carry at the end of WWI.           

__________________
"For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." - Anatole France

Personal Motto: "Deō regī patriaeque fidelis."
godwin

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 188
Reply with quote  #5 

Wow, MacArthur a monarchist!  That is surprising.  I would agree with the reasoning of Ponocrates, and it would be very interesting to see if there were any opposition to MacArthur in this regard. 

JonathanCid

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 170
Reply with quote  #6 
How trustworthy is the source, Ponocrates? This is something fascinating enough that I want to believe it, but I'm not sure if I should just yet. Too good to be true? Who would figure that as enormous an American figure as Gen. MacArthur would have been a monarchist?

__________________
"There is only one Jesus Christ and all the rest is a dispute over trifles." - HM Queen Elizabeth I
Ponocrates

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 2,517
Reply with quote  #7 
I'm not able to vouch for the primary source, but am trusting the interpretation of someone from the Monarchist site about that source.   I think at the very least, MacArthur was not animated by a republican bias, which is no small feat for an American politician or general from that time or any other.   

__________________
"For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." - Anatole France

Personal Motto: "Deō regī patriaeque fidelis."
JonathanCid

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 170
Reply with quote  #8 
I understand. General MacArthur's open-mindedness towards monarchy is a big deal, even if he wasn't truly a monarchist. He may very well have been though. Curious piece of information.

__________________
"There is only one Jesus Christ and all the rest is a dispute over trifles." - HM Queen Elizabeth I
Lefairh

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 6
Reply with quote  #9 

Incredibly interesting, I didnt know or even imagined this, but considering the fact that he respected the Japanese monarchy it makes sense


__________________
God bles the Royal House of Bourbon
KYMonarchist

Registered:
Posts: 4,853
Reply with quote  #10 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_B._Laughlin

The ambassador to Spain who advocated non-recognition of the Second Republic.

__________________
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.