Let's hear it for the King
Posted by aogWednesday, 17 November 2004 at 18:32 TrackBack Ping URL

Via Brothers Judd we have a report about the failure of Communism in Vietnam.

Of course, Communism resulting in misery and failure is hardly news. What’s interesting about this is that many of the Communists have realized this. That alone makes them far more perceptive and far less dogmatic than many American academics. As one commentor noted, it would be great fun to have these reformed Communists debate some of our local Communist sympathizers.

Most interestingly to me is that the story is basically a press release put out by the “Vietnamese Constituational Monarchist League”. While straight monarchy has its problems, I find constitutional monarchy quite a bit more palatable. A monarch with limited powers can provide a good “reset swtich” for a representative government. There are two key things that are required to have it be a net positive instead of a negative:

  • The monarch can only stop / reset actions. The monarch can never initiate government action. So, for instance, the monarch could dissolve Parliment but not appoint anyone to it, nor introduce legislation.
  • The monarch actions must be big, so that they can’t be used frequently nor “under the radar”. Non-format monarchial duties should never be required in the normal running of the government. This will not only discourage frivilous use of monarchial powers but add gravitas to any such use.

Constitutional monarchies may actually be well suited for emerging democracies, where things can get wedged more easily. It is an option that should be taken seriously in such cases.