Why Not Bring Back the Czars?

When they are not worrying about whether they will eat this winter, the people of the former Soviet Union must be wondering how they will be ruled. Postcommunist government is bound to be democratic. But democracy takes many forms, from the checks and balances of House, Senate and President in Washington to the checkmates of the Knesset in Israel. Russians and other ex- Soviets should consider a democratic variation on a theme from their own past: a constitutional monarchy headed by a restored czar.

From 1613 to 1917, the Russian empire was ruled, sometimes disastrously, sometimes rather well, by the Romanov...

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