What is the Best Form of Government?
Thursday, 6 December 2007
ALL today’s politics and ideologies are in fact pretty new. It’s odd that we just take for granted ideas like Capitalism, Democracy, Communism, Socialism, Trades Unions, insurance, banking, and even parliaments as the norms.
However, the truth is that they are all experimental ideas — all of them are man-made, designed, thought up, devised, planned and contrived — and they are not very old, so they have not had a lot of time to iron out the wrinkles.
Although trade is as natural and as old as mankind itself, it soon became corrupted when “capital” was required to build ships for global shipping trade. “Capitalism” was born out of invention not nature — the idea being that you speculate, raise money and provide a return depending on results.
I have heard far too often that “Capitalism” is natural and intuitive when it clearly is not! Capitalism is far removed from the simple natural world of trade, and is a complex man-made system of investments and returns, of insurance against loss and damage, of stocks and shares, and of banking. As time goes on there are new complexities added — think of things like portfolios, hedging, betting against the future value of shares and earning a living entirely from “playing the markets”.
It amazes me that so many people think there is only one game, and only one set of rules, and that it is impossible to change anything (or to think up something “new”). Why just accept things as they are; after all nothing is set in stone! Realising this, are we not compelled to ask what has worked and what has not? — and what is the best form of government for now and for the future?
Surely a review is well overdue?
This developing Capitalism was naturally the perfect model to be taken up during the Industrial Revolution of the mid-1800s as it was as perfectly suited to production as it was to trade, and it did not have any particular political or philosophical position — meaning that it was able to co-exist with government (indeed governments would gamble tax money on the free markets).
However, the historical period is called a “revolution” because of the relatively sudden shift in money and power away from a traditional, natural, and organic ruling class to a new, contrived and experimental class.
Bearing in mind that an industrial world of mechanisation and mass-production is inherently a world contrived or invented — and organised by a few men, so it is no surprise that people (equally suddenly) wondered if we ought to be ruled by Capitalists as opposed to the traditional aristocratic world order.
- As a result, all of the political parties and ideologies that we have today were dreamt up, formed, invented or created within just 50 years of the start of The Industrial Revolution.
I don’t know about you, but this brings up immediately two very scary thoughts. First that these are all just experiments — untried and untested ideas thought up in the limited minds of mere mortal men, and secondly that we have had no further new, fresh, ideologies since that time!
Industrialisation and Capitalism are complex man-made messes. So are Communism and Socialism; all are experimental notions which, over time and in different places, have been adapted and corrupted — simply because they are essentially unnatural — by being the products of the human mind.
Democracy is unnatural too, and in an earlier article I explained that there is no such thing (and can be no such thing) as democracy — even though political doctrines claim democracy as fundamental. Consider this: both the Capitalist USA and the Communist USSR claimed to be founded on democracy!
When you step back and think about it, you will see that it’s layer upon layer of nonsense. Even if democracy was possible, would it be desirable? Mob rule? Seriously?
OK, so I have laboured the point: all these notions are (a) new (b) experimental (c) complicated and man-made, and (d) corrupt.
This is the point in the investigation to consider what might be an alternative. This could be a brand new idea — trouble is, I cannot think of anything at the moment. If we reject the present array of failed ideas and cannot think up anything better, we are faced with looking at the past.
What has a proven track record? What actually works? Is there a more natural form of government possible — something more sociologically sound?
When we do that, when we think hard about it, we suddenly see the horrible and glaringly obvious truth — that the only organic, natural, and true form of government is a monarchy!
Let’s face it, it has proved itself to have been the most successful method in history — and seems to work well in different cultures and different times because it is natural and organic — as opposed to being devised by a philosopher or politician.
Even today, children get books filled with castles, princes, princesses, sultans, emirs, chiefs, chieftans, pharaohs, and the like. Everyone instinctively knows the natural order. Who has never heard of most (if not all) of the following: Aladdin, Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, Shrek, Star wars, Robin Hood, King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table, Sir Lancelot, Rob Roy, The Princess Bride, St. George and The Dragon, Egyptian, Greek and Norse Mythology, Helen of Troy, Jewish and Christian Bibles, King Herod, King David, Good King Wenceslas, Old King Cole, Baron Frankenstein, Lord Snooty, All The King’s Horses and All The King’s Men, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Grand Old Duke of York, The Black Prince, The Black Knight, The Red Baron, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Henry VIII, The Sun King, Montezuma, Geronimo, Chief Sitting Bull, Suleman The Wise, King James Bible, Catherine The Great, Charlemagne (King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor), Alexander The Great, Frederick the Great, Caesar, King Louis in Jungle Book, The Dauphin, William of Orange, Queen Victoria, Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Marie Antoinette, Roundheads and Cavaliers, The Three Musketeers, Emperor Hirohito, The Sultan of Brunei, Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Diana, Princess Leia and even The identical twin of King Louis XIV — The Man in The Iron mask. The list is endless — but in case you’re still not convinced about how natural and deeply ingrained the concept is, look at the two most popular, universal and long-lasting pastimes:
Brides want to be like “princesses” and swept away by their “prince charming”! From Disney films to Star Wars, it is evident that this is firmly in our psyche. Can this really be in dispute?
So it is perfectly clear that the longest serving form of government throughout history is monarchy — and Imperialism. Even the Christian church refers to the “Kingdom of God”, God being on a Throne, Jesus being referred to as “Lord”, and we are his humble servants.
- So if this form of government served us so well for so long, and if it is so natural — what happened to it? Where is it today?
Well, these two questions will now be addressed. The reason the modern world changed away from this natural Imperialism as the primary form of government is that for the USA to become a superpower, it first had to destroy Imperialism, and it was successful. Empires cover large areas, have large populations and large resources. Breaking them up would make the USA the biggest market and the dominant force. That is what happened in a nutshell:
Their big chance came when the world went to war — they waited until most of the world was on the brink of collapse to enter and finish the second world war by dropping a nuclear weapon of mass destruction.
The US American sole purpose was to destroy Imperialism throughout the world — particularly the vast and dominant British and French empires — in order to take over. Is this merely my opinion or a flight of fancy on the part of my imagination? Well, I have no axe to grind, all I can suggest is that you consider the bald facts:
- Before the world wars there was The British Empire, The Japanese Empire, The Ottoman Empire, The Russian Empire, The Austro-Hungarian Empire and so forth.
- After the world wars there were none — all were wiped out!
If you think I am exaggerating, then consider this: before the world wars the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, approximately one-quarter of the world’s population and it covered about 36.6 million km² (14.2 million square miles) — about a quarter of Earth’s total land area! Britain as the dominant superpower had the role of global policeman, a state of affairs known as the Pax Britannica. However, after the world wars — and despite “winning” — Britain was reduced to a small country.
My goodness, these empires had been around for centuries — The Ottomans from about 1300 and the British from about 1500, so it is amazing that they did not survive the world wars of the twentieth century.
The Second French Colonial Empire was the second largest after the British Empire. The French Fourth Republic was established after the world wars and struggled to hold on to its colonial empire. The First Indochina War ended in French defeat at The Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
The Second Indochina War is perhaps better known as the Viet Nam war — which was lost by the USA — and that brings me to my next point: that in getting rid of centuries of natural monarchy, aristocracy and imperialism, the world was made a worse and less stable place.
The USA gained the upper hand after the world wars, but in destroying centuries old imperialism, they left a big mess. Instead of royal marriages, natural boundaries, wars and so forth deciding territories in a sensible way, the post-imperial atlas was carved up in a hurried and careless way — which is ironic because the second world war was pretty-much caused by the messy results of the first world war.
The German Royals lost the first world war — ending the German Empire. Hitler’s Germany began by trying to gain back that which was popularly felt to rightfully belong to Germany. The ensuing empire-building and imperialist attitude of Hitler has a long tradition, even though Hitler was no monarch in the official sense — but you just have to look to Napoleon or Caesar to understand that.
So if the victors had only managed the spoils of the first world war better, we wouldn’t have had a second world war!
But lessons were not learned, and after the second world war, the losers were the imperial empires — and the way these empires were quickly carved up has created all the problems we face today.
The sudden and messy dissolution of the British Empire led to (for examples) the creation of East and West Pakistan and India , the ridiculous formation of countries in Africa, the creation of Israel in Palestine, and Communist China.
Later, the Communist experiment in the USSR suddenly dissolved to leave a lot of unstable and unfortunate Eastern Bloc states.
We have to admit that the last century was a disaster — it ended the only natural and successful form of government mankind has known. It contained two world wars and created the means of self-destruction and mass-destruction. All modern political ideologies were thought up, put into practice and failed.
The USA took the role of global policeman from the Brits, and they continue to fight against all forms of government that are “despotic” — they dislike emperors, kings and dictators — and as the attack on Iraq shows, they will invade and occupy a country simply to change the regime to one that they prefer. This perfectly well illustrates that humans cannot change their spots — the US Americans act exactly like an Imperial empire, but they will deny it.
The US American “Imperialism” is not merely confined to the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan — consider the centuries old tradition of Muslim versus Christian, the ancient Holy Wars (Crusades) between the Christians and Islam — and while the names may have changed (no more Holy Roman Empire, no more Ottoman Empire), some things just never really change.
- The present century is still trying to come to terms with this denial of the natural order and the messy fall-out from the abrupt end of Global Imperialism.
The world’s only remaining emperor is Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and there are still 29 countries in the world that have their own monarchies. However, if we include the British Monarch, — HM The Queen then there are 45 monarchies in total. The 29 are:
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Denmark, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, and The Vatican.
Kings, Queens, Emperors, Popes, Dukes, Knights, Princes, Princesses, and Sultans — all are apparently from a time long ago, yet all of which remain in existence to this very day!
What is happening is interesting; countries are joining together — much in the way they used to throughout history when thrones were inherited or by royal marriage. To compete with the USA and rival the emerging China, an Imperial approach is required — the EU needs larger resources, larger population and larger area. The origins of civilisation are in imperial Europe — and now the European Union is growing like an empire once more.
- This is why there are fears about the loss of sovereignty, particularly for those parts of Europe that still have a monarchy — such as Britain and Sweden.
Of course we are all going to gravitate back to natural society and government; we are inclined that way.
Instead of pillage and the “spoils of war”, we have exploitation in the form of buying up property for investment and holiday homes in the poorer countries joining this growing empire.
The EU is considering a presidency that lasts longer than a few months — and this is yet another step toward the natural order of a single leading figure — a king or emperor.
The natural order is for monarchy — and this ought to be admitted at some point. My earlier article shows how politicians are not good for us, we have too many of them and they have to think up things to do with our tax money.
In the present modern day world, I see no problem with a monarch running the country — it’s like a presidency that never ends and which is inherited — and let’s face it, who would want to mess things up for their own kids to inherit? The Commonwealth or EU could be the modern version of an Imperial Empire — something to rival Russia and China in the race to take over from the USA.
It is entirely possible to reconcile two different natural forms of government at the same time, For example, most of Europe has been governed by a monarch at the same time as deferring to The Pope in Rome, and the British Empire ran very well with an Empress and a Prime Minister leading a government.
We Brits pretend that we have a democratic system of government when we obviously don’t. The Americans are an Imperial Empire in denial. The EU is trying to be an Imperial Empire — we all need to own up, and stop the pretending.
We need to admit that all of the political doctrines and fancy philosophies have been tried and failed. It is OK to admit that we tried it, but hey, it didn’t work out.
Unless we can come up with something better, I would suggest that we revert to type — return to nature and streamline government back to a court structure. We could, of course, modernise the concept to take on board lessons learned with respect to the rights of women and children, for example.
I for one would not mind handing power over to a monarch; it’s a serious job and because it is for life, I see it as a perfect accompaniment to democratically elected representatives and advisors — a clear and incorruptible head. There is an old adage that the best leader is the one who does not seek it. Monarchy was the best way, and could perhaps once more be the Best Form of Government, and the way forward in a brave new world of nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
One thing is for sure: it would end the east- west terrorism!