Thursday, May 8, 2008

Monarchy and Modern Medicine

Like many of you, I have been watching The Tudors despite the historical inaccuracies and excessive sex scenes. (For one thing, the historical Henry VIII was actually a serial monogamist, not the sex maniac the series implies.)

While watching the fruitless attempts of Henry's first two wives to give him a son, and reflecting on the attempts yet to come, I couldn't help but speculate. Modern prenatal care and care for premature infants has advanced astronomically. Women who have difficulty conceiving have more hope than ever before. And finally, a laboratory can actually separate the Y and X chromosomes before fertilization, allowing parents to choose the sex of their child. Imagine if the Bennets had had this technology available to them! All right, we would have been robbed of one of the best novels ever written, but for the Bennets it would have been highly beneficial.

It seems to me a shame that institutions that actually worked very well, such as monarchy, hereditary titles and primogeniture, were done away with just as these advances were beginning to be made. History is filled with the tragedies of barren queens and families that needed sons and couldn't produce them. The marriage of stable social institutions and modern technology would likely have been a happy one indeed. Unfortunately, we haven't had the chance to find out.

I believe that we shall, however. Almost all of recorded human history has been monarchical. Every republic in history has eventually returned to this form of government. To the extent that such manmade institutions as government can be called "natural", monarchy is clearly the most natural form of government, and its return is inevitable. The only question is, will the havoc currently being wreaked on civilization by the twin forces of cultural Marxism and militant Islam cause us to lose our present scientific advances before the world comes to its senses?

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