Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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monarchy represents the unelected rule of the disproportionately privileged over those who suffer due to economic inequality. Academics and journalists have faced either stonewalling or outright lawfare in response to even modest attempts at getting scrutiny. He often falls back on tired tropes in an effort to make himself seem more patriotic, and makes a couple of questionable comparisons that I found quite odd and behind the times for what is otherwise a progressive work.

Thomas Paine does get a mention, though one is left with the suspicion that Smith’s acquaintance with him comes via The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations rather than Rights of Man, since he is invoked merely to make the point that the appearance of something being correct doesn’t make it so. Such a great explanation of the various reasons why a republic is the right and necessary thing in a democracy.Even in my most evangelical of days as a teenager (I really must have been insufferable in my religious fervour) I could see that the belief the monarchy was somehow 'God-given' was simply not true. Questions about the source of its legitimacy and the contract between citizen and state go unaddressed, as does the big one: why is a republic more conducive to human wellbeing than a monarchy?

It just reaffirmed what I already think without being too revolutionary or bogged down in facts/figures. As the country faces a growing number of crises we’re heading for a crisis of confidence in our constitution, our head of state and the whole political system. However, I did feel that the book started to lose it’s way when it was talking about the House of Lords, seemingly ignoring concerns that a fully elected chamber runs the risk of having some of the same issues and the Commons. Graham Smith been involved with the republican cause for twenty years, employed as Republic’s lead campaigner and CEO since 2005. If ever you thought tradition, tourism, or political stability were good arguments for the Crown, this razor-sharp book knocks that nonsense into a top hat.His aspirational democratic principles stand in stark contrast to the way we are actually governed today. Again, he draws on primary sources to demonstrated that the shift from monarchy to republic would be a relatively simple task.

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