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DavidV

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Let me start by saying this. The social media work and advocacy of such groups as the BML, BMS, AMA and the LA chapter of the IML is admirable, not to mention that of monarchist groups the world over. However, what is frustrating for me is that monarchists of all persuasions have never been able to form a central body as a think-tank and pressure group (although there's the International Monarchist Conference) that has endured. For many years, the International Monarchist League (IML) performed that role, but it seems that its profile apart from its LA chapter has declined in the "Internet Age".

Is there still enough currency in the IML name for it to be reactivated as an organisation that acts as a pressure group/think-tank structure for monarchists? Do we jump in the IMC/CMI wagon? Or do we simply start a new global advocacy organisation? The IML may have the contacts and network, and we might be able to create more chapters of it worldwide.

Such an organisation must have as broad a membership base and connections as possible. The importance of such cannot be underestimated in the work we can undertake.
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You're right that it has declined to what we call the "Internet Age" wherein people flock to Facebook groups (and other websites) to give ideas and discuss about monarchy and how to stamp out Republicanism.

I don't know how else to make all these groups work unless there's financial support from sponsors, or from those who are blessed with more money. I'm even hoping some group can provide a little bit of financial support for those of us in Asia, far away from most of the monarchists situated in the USA, Canada and the UK.
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So I have the following options:

- revive the IML.
- put more effort into the CMI/IMC.
- form a brand new organisation affiliating with existing groups like BML, BMS, ACM, AML.

We need to make this a truly global, broad-based advocacy organisation which can attract the widest base of politicians and other prominent persons. We must be able to provide education to people on the virtues of preserving and restoring monarchies. It must be a thoroughly accessible and mainstream organisation in its appeal.
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Too many acronyms make me dizzy.   It sounds too modern. 
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They're not acronyms, they're just abbreviations. You have to be able to pronounce an acronym like a word. For example, NATO is an acronym, IMF isn't. EU also isn't an acronym, but I wish it were, I would love to call it the ewww.
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Ah, you are correct.


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I got a positive reply from one BMS member and from the BML's Facebook page. It's a start.
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They're not acronyms, they're just abbreviations. You have to be able to pronounce an acronym like a word. For example, NATO is an acronym, IMF isn't. EU also isn't an acronym, but I wish it were, I would love to call it the ewww.


I can say "imf."  It sounds a little bit like lymph.
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Here is what the functions of the organisation would be:

a) lobbying and advocacy - to put it simply, defending existing monarchies, to advance the cause of the preservation and restoration of monarchies. It would include people from all walks of life, it would include royalty if any royals (especially those of fallen monarchies) were to lend themselves to the effort of such, politicians, and others who are interested and sympathetic. The organisation's US chapters could register as a Lobby Group in Washington.

b) education and research - this will be multifaceted, with a view to performing the task of educating and researching on the past, present and future of monarchy.

c) a forum for discussion and debate - by bringing monarchists together from all corners of the globe, it will be a forum for discussion, debate and exchange of ideas on b), on history and current affairs where they pertain directly or indirectly to monarchy.

How would it work:

a) affiliates - like international political organisations, it would have a structure where organisations and individuals are free to affiliate. It would have regional chapters, e.g. by continent. This again parallels international political organisations.

b) conferences - there would be an annual global conference, and perhaps regional conferences as well.

c) permanent structure - the organisation would have permanent staff elected by delegates from among themselves. The organisation's chapters and affiliates would put out regular press releases, publications, websites, utilising all forms of media, especially social media.

d) liaison - because the organisation is meant to be broad-based in membership with divergent interests, it would liaise or rather cooperate with all kinds of movements and causes, not necessarily relating to monarchy, where common interests and contact points exist.

So the options:

a) revive the IML - has certain advantages. It already exists and is an established name with recognition and prestige. It has a structure with chapters, with Los Angeles being the most visible and active these days. It has existing contacts that can be utilised.

b) the CMI/IMC - as above, but somewhat more active and with a more youthful membership, and numerous affiliate groups and contacts (some of whom post here).

c) start a new organisation - more challenging, but has the advantages of being a clean sheet effort with plenty of scope for flexibility.

I'm open to ideas and suggestions, and open to options. One reason why I think this is needed is because of the need to give monarchism a stronger voice in world affairs, and if we had a single global organisation to join us all together, it will be far more effective. We just need to attract all the right people.
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Update: I have corresponded for the first time with Don Foreman, who was secretary-general of the IML 1991-2002. We discussed the challenges faced by any monarchist organisation and I explained to him that the very sort of challenges and divisions faced are perfectly encapsulated on this forum.
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DavidV, Your three options are correct.

But...
the International Monarchist League (IML) is very laden country Anglo-Saxon and in fact, the Germans, the Italians, the French, the Spanish, Nepali... feel 'excluded'.

the International Monarchist Conference (IMC/CMI) does not bring together individuals, but only movements. It is also, in another way, very reductive.

I am not hostile to the fact to consider another mode of another monarchist international "organization".
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The model of political internationals - Liberal International, Socialist International, the EPP, etc - is like this. They are not independent organisations and do not have a cohesive program because politics is different in every country, just as monarchism is different in every country. They are dependent on their constituent organisations.

That's what a new monarchist organisation would follow, but it would be an organisation with somewhat greater cohesion and common goals - promoting and defending monarchy, and serving as a public forum for discussion and debate.

Thank you for your opinions Hubert. I believe you have identified some of the challenges and this will be very useful.
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