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May 29, 2008 11:06 am

A Farewell to Kings

Fantastic news from across the globe about the abolition of yet another monarchy. (Hat tip: Fark)

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Aeon J. Skoble - 5/30/2008

Mark, that's a completely valid point. I agree that a Maoist dictatorship would not be an improvement over monarchy. I was just happy to see another vestige of anachronistic oppression fall off, but you're right that it matters what replaces it.

Mark Brady - 5/29/2008

Two observations. First, the more significant change was that two years ago the monarch was stripped of all his powers and became a figurehead monarch. Second, this constitutional revolution was achieved as a result of a self-identified Maoist insurgency to which, of course, the "republican" United States was resolutely opposed. I've been following developments in Nepal for some time and I doubt whether you would have been so enthusiastic about events in Nepal as they unfolded over the past decade.

Aeon J. Skoble - 5/29/2008


Steven Horwitz - 5/29/2008

One of my fellow fans has a better reply (but he's too lazy to sign up):

They pulled this off in Katmandu
While smoke rings filled the air
Partied through the Nepal night
Democracy gets them there

HT to Max.

Aeon J. Skoble - 5/29/2008

Turned them from the castles in the distance, too. I would have been seriously disappointed if you hadn't noticed... :-)

Steven Horwitz - 5/29/2008

Good to see that the Nepalese have raised their eyes from the path of least resistance. ;)