Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Sleeping King

"Monarchy is also a natural and organic form of government, understood intuitively by individuals of widely varying backgrounds and intelligence. Legitimacy is conferred from above (the Divine) rather than from below (the people), but Monarchy is part of the natural order and is worlds away from an unnatural "system" of government imposed on a submissive population. The Monarch is the very symbol and guarantee of his people's liberty and is there to serve rather than rule. This Christ-like function finds mythological expression in the tales of King Arthur and his Knights, where we also find a legend common to many nations and cultures: that of the sleeping King, destined to awaken at his country's hour of need. "

I know next to nothing about Anarchism, but an online Anarchist journal Synthesis has published a provocative article by John Fitzgerald on the symbolic power of kingship.
It appears to be the case that Christians and occultists are rubbing shoulders together over at Synthesis, a very strange place. I'll be reporting more on this phenomenon as I learn more.

I have been aware of Hans Hoppe, an anarcho-capitalist of the Austrian School who has written extensively about the relative superiority of monarchy over democracy, though he views both as illegitimate monopolizers of coercive power.

I don't think anarchist confusion promises to be a fruitful avenue of investigation, but I find it immensely interesting that there are individuals out there who are anarchists and pro-monarchy at the same time. Perhaps they think a totally free and open society will naturally re-form itself into a monarchical order.


Jack said...

"Perhaps they think a totally free and open society will naturally re-form itself into a monarchical order." I don't think that is their point. At least with regard to Hoppe, the assumption seems to be that monarchy is simply the most efficient system to employ while working toward a complete dissolution of the state.

For a good Christian "anarchist", Jacque Elul can't be beat. A french calvinist, he participated in the exile community during the Nazi occupation. He seems to have done quite a bit of work in providing social order to the refugees. Although, to be honest, reading his book Christian Anarchy I quickly came to the conclusion that he isn't really advocating anarchy, but what we would call limited government -- a somewhat foreign concept to the french. His Idea of the City is better as is his Politics of God, Politics of Man the latter being a commentary on II Kings.

Andrew Matthews said...
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Andrew Matthews said...

Thanks for the author recommendation, Jack. I've spent a little time in Ellul's The Meaning of the City, which is a stimulating read.

As regards to Hoppe, I'm sure you're right that he wants the dissolution of the state. As far as some of the folks over at Synthesis, it appears that at least a couple really would like to see a return to the monarchical form of government.