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Ponocrates

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This article seems to me more of a back-handed compliment, but is not trying to be so.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/doug-saunders/the-strange-paradox-of-the-constitutional-monarch/article2437457/

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The notion of a monarchy revered for its magical powers, or even passively tolerated for its life of leisure and good connections, dissolved the moment Queen Elizabeth II stepped out in 1953 to a phalanx of TV cameras. To keep her job, and maintain it for her offspring, she has had to embody exactly the opposite qualities: transparency, humility, frugalness, ordinariness.

Those happen to be the qualities of a good elected president. For today’s constitutional monarchs know the game is up: In a perfectly reasonable world, they would not exist. If we started from scratch, we would not choose a hereditary selected aristocrat from a randomly selected family as head of state in a modern, rights-based democracy. But we do, in 36 countries, including Canada.

Read the whole article in context.

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A democratist reluctantly concedes that monarchy is not the worst thing since Hitler, as long as it's a heavily demonarchized monarchy with democratic values. Many of them do it, but they're still not our allies.
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As is so often the case, the article is not very accurate. For example:

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Her only remnant of absolute power is her right not to sign any piece of British legislation


The Queen has no such right. Instead, she has a duty to follow the advice of her ministers. The last Queen to decline assent to a Bill that had passed both houses of Parliament was Queen Anne, and she did so on the advice of her ministers.

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