I was discussing the monarchy, the republic, and direct democracy with a coworker a few days ago. He’s an anarcho capitalist of sorts, myself an absolute Monarchist. We got to discussing which was a more favorable form of governing, I offered that Monarchy limits the worst and enables the best while he offered your run of the mill reasons for the free market fixing everything and establishing hierarchy without the need of a State.
Then we got to talking about the Republic. This actually has been on my mind for the past few days. Specifically that in France, year 1789, the Republic was one of the worst things imaginable. It gave power to a murderous group of people who could not run themselves, let alone a country or region. The Republic ensured that those who usurped power would be able to retain that power for a substantial amount of time. Their interests are by nature radically different from the King and the Queen, as their rule does not necessarily lie within a love of the people.
While the French Revolution was devastating to Western Civilization, if there were a true democratic, populist sort of system, the changes that it wrought would likely have slowed. Humans are a fallen people and by nature are greedy and selfish. The factory farms, cleared forests and printed money would likely stay but perhaps the moral ground we have lost wouldn’t be as extensive of a list.
When the Republic was founded in America, it was lead by mostly competent men. I know that might throw some alarms to anyone reading this seeing me say that. I do mean it – even if they were freemason heretics. The Republic was built with good intentions to ensure that the will of the people wouldn’t crush what good we had achieved here. After that generation had passed, it began an absolutely rapid decline. I mean rapid. I forget who said it, but that quote about the United States going from barbarity to decadence comes to mind. The interests of the Republic in a way are much more repulsive than that of your average citizen. Would gay marriage pass in a popular vote here in the United States at this very moment? Probably not. Would amnesty for illegal aliens pass if it were put up to a popular vote? I don’t think so. Immigration would be brought to a halt if the people had a say. The Catholic lawyers fighting a culture war in the 60’s against Jewish porn producers wouldn’t have even been a big deal. We would have just banned it. Their calls for “but muh freedom, cuz u cant be free if u cant desecrate the human body and sexual experience!!!!” would have been answered with a resounding, “No.”
My point here is that the Republic can have the best intentions for its subjects but unlike a Monarchy, eventually these people occupying the Senate and the House die and are replaced by men who have no legacy to match or honor. No family name to protect, no higher ideal to fixate upon. It is a toss up, a box of chocolates. You really never know what you are going to get with a Republic.
A government of the people was once a horrible thing to imagine, but right now it is a temporary cure for the problems we face. I look at Mr.Trump as a shining example of that. He clearly is not an answer to the problem, but he animates a truth much larger than himself. May populism be the future for now, and from it can we reclaim maybe just a little of so much we have lost.