Consider a Monarchy, America

by Nikolai Tolstoy

Southmoor, England - As a foreigner with dual British and Russian citizenship, it is not for me to comment at length on the merits of the rival candidates for the presidency of the United States. But it seems uncontroversial to say that neither appears to be a Washington or a Lincoln, and that the elective presidency is coming under increasingly critical examination.

That their head of state should be elected by the people is, I imagine, the innate view of almost all American citizens. But at this unquiet hour, they might well wonder whether - for all the wisdom of the founding fathers - their republican system of government is actually leading them toward that promised "more perfect union."

After all, our American cousins have only to direct their gaze toward their northern neighbor to find, in contented Canada, a nation that has for its head of state a hereditary monarch. That example alone demonstrates that democracy is perfectly compatible with constitutional monarchy.


The whole article can be read on the website of the New York Times, where it was published on 5 November 2016.

Count Tolstoy-Miloslavsky is the current chancellor of the International Monarchist League.