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  •  That's not exactly what monarchy necessarily means (4+ / 0-)
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    though. For example, when Norway gained its independence from Denmark they elected a king for themselves and that line became hereditary. In many cases, the origins of a kingdom reflect someone who was able to gain support from a majority of people, sometimes just nobles but sometimes including burgers. The German monarchies were explicitly dependent upon popular concurrence. In addition, ruling like any other complicated social skill, entails a lot of intellectual and social capitol. Though people can pick that up on the fly, having the heir of the monarch next in line has a measure of logic to it (not always supported in the actual case, of course).

    Going further back, a king was someone who could bring together antagonistic tribes by making them kin, with the king as symbolic father.  A kingdom is in fact a kin-dom.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:07:13 AM PST

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