Republic Versus Monarchy - part one, section two
The ridiculous nature of hereditary Monarchs
Through the centuries Britain has had its fair share of Monarchs who were eccentric, mad, despotic, immoral, and otherwise considered to be "strange".(7) That such people are the "rulers" of a country not only can bring the nation into disrepute, acting as they are as "symbols" of the nation, but can also highlight the ridiculous nature of hereditary Monarchies, whereby someone can be King or Queen due to an accident of birth, and yet can be quite unfit for the position.
The principle of hereditary Monarchs is ludicrous, it does not guarantee that good and suited people will be great in the position of "ruler", let alone any other public position.
To quote Thomas Paine: "An hereditary governor is as inconsistent as an hereditary author".(8)
There is no guarantee that great wisdom and good character will be passed from one generation to the next.
Republic Versus Monarchy
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