On Monarchy

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Monarchism—the bane of small-r republicans everywhere—is on the cusp of a renaissance in the English-speaking world. Will & Kate™ are vastly more charismatic than the current heir to the British throne, but this is not the real issue.  Ordinary citizens take comfort in social stability and political continuity. When electoral politics reveals its full disruptive force—think Trump or Corbyn—the idea of an enduring, unimpeachable head of state gains currency. Prince Harry raised eyebrows when he remarked that no one in his family really wanted to be king or queen. But when he added that they'll continue to do it "for the greater good of the people," he revealed his blue blood.