America’s Long Tax Holiday
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  • Jim.

    Eh, even the British are free to decide for themselves to decide how seriously to take the “superiority of birth” idea.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but how many British can you really find that truly in their hearts believe that members of the royal family are their “betters”? What sort of consequences are there for ignoring or chuckling at the very idea?

  • Bart Hall (Kansas, USA)

    As both a descendant of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and a loyal subject of the Crown (I’m a dual citizen) I would disagree with you.

    America is unusual in that our head of state and head of government are combined in the same person. A large part of Reagan’s greatness arose from having been an actor and consequently played head-of-state surpassingly well.

    The great advantage of monarchy is that you can vest the sovereign with certain rarely-used powers one would *never* wish to place in the hands of politicians.

    In 1975 the government of Australia, though enjoying a substantial majority in Parliament (and therefore immune to motions of no-confidence) had clearly lost the confidence of the people. The Queen simply declared, through her official Australian representative that “The government do not enjoy the confidence of my Australian people. It is hereby dissolved, and the election will be held on 13 December.”

    This was barely three years after the Whitlam government had been elected to great national euphoria.

    Such powers might recently have been useful in America.

  • Michael K

    I think 85 cents per person for either the 1st or 2nd most famous Head of State in the world is a bargain compared to what us US taxpayers pay to maintain the occupant of the White House.

  • Crocodile Chuck

    “.but so far at least we’ve avoided the idea that some people are, by blood, better than others.”

    Walter, the above is a specious statement in light of Citizens United’s notion of corporate personhood.

    Corporate fascism ‘de jure’.

  • Andrew

    For shame Professor! Did you British schoolteachers not advise you of income which the State recieves from Crown Lands, Tourism, etc. As another commentator has mentioned, it would be no bad thing if the USA had a monarch who could dismiss our sorry crowed of so-called “representatives” rather than an imperious President.

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