Friday, April 29, 2011
The American preoccupation with the British Royals is a curious thing. Here we base a country on casting off the control of a King and still 230 years later we can't get enough of the Royal Wedding. The reality is that we never truly lost our fascination with royalty. At the start of our country, we tried to turn George Washington into a King. Even today, we continuously draw analogies between dynastic families and royalty.
In Britain, the wedding has revived the debate over maintaining the Royal family as an institution. Here's an interesting, strictly financial, defense of that institution.
I prefer the classic argument.