“ At any time, in any kingdom, the people could have decided to take the crown off of their king’s head and place it upon the head of any common beggar and treat him as the new king. And, in every meaningful way, he would be the new king.”
True, but in many cases where the people rose up and removed the King / tyrant / Politbureau Secretary (often removing his head from his shoulders in the process) what followed was even worse.
After just seven years of The Protectorate England was ready to return to the monarchy. The Liberté, égalité, fraternité of the French revolution turned first to bloody brutality as the revolutionaries ran out of aristocrats and turned to slaughtering citizens who were not enthusiastic enough in their support of the new regime. Finally it was superseded by Vive l’Empereur as the tyrant Bonaparte took over.
Lenin’s revolution became Stalin’s dictatorship and Mao’s Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Army became the Red Guard which drove ‘the great leap forward’ resulting in an estmated 45 million deaths. And my youthful anti — monarchism turned to grudging acceptance after life had forced me to contemplate what catastrophes President Thatcher or President Blair might have wrought had then been given absolute power.
I haven’t read the full article slowly yet, I’ll definitely get back to it as I like what I’ve seen so far.