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©2000 Ludwig von Mises Institute MONARCHY AND WAR Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn * Modern history is nothing but an inventory of bankruptcy declarations.

By Nicolas Gomez Davila

Abstract

Monarchy is a form of government not well understood in North America. To many people in that part of the world, monarchy seems to be a totally obsolete, even childish, institution. The surviving monarchies, after all, might still play a symbolic or even a psychological role, but not a decisive political role. As a rationalist and a liberal (in the worldwide sense rather than in the American sense), I am also a monarchist who realizes that monarchy, combined with Christianity and Antiquity, was responsible for the rise and flowering of Western civilization, which is slowly assuming an almost global character. Yet, the modern mind is political rather than historical, and therefore is hopelessly tied to the spirit of his time. As Goethe wrote: He who cannot give account Of the last three thousand years Rests in darkness inexperience

Year: 2011
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