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The American Revolution: Conflicting views from Britain
Paul Simon writes: "Looks to me more like you prefer Monarchs!". No, I think they are outmoded, although in Spain the monarchy serves to unite the people. Even the monarchies of Norway and Sweden are weakening. The recent marriage of the Norwegian crown prince to a woman previously married to a drug-dealer was the usual glittering affair, but the glitter is gilt, not solid gold. Unmarried Prince Felipe of Spain is being carefully trained to occupy the throne, but all kinds of stories circulate about him. Publicity about the British monarchy has ended the mystique which surrounded it.
I dislike revolutions and do not approve of the apotheosis of the American revolutionaries, especially Jefferson, whose call for a revolution every generation would get him into trouble today. However, revolutions may be necessary to break the shell and let reforms out. That was the role of the American Revolution, which effected reforms struggling to get out in the English system. However, the American presidential system means that there is no individual who is above politics and who embodies the history of the country. The chief justice would be a good candidate for that role, with the president becoming a prime minister,
History is marked by political systems each of which has its time and then fails because of some inherent weakness. Western capitalism has created an economic feudalism which is the root cause of the unrest in the world. What will succeed it is the great conundrum of our times.
Ronald Hilton - 9/23/01