Essay: THE CONTINUING MAGIC OF MONARCHY

NOBODY is mad at monarchy these days. Britain's angry John Osborne can sneer: "My objection to the royal symbol is that it is dead; it is the gold filling in a mouthful of decay." But that was nearly a decade ago, and even Osborne has simmered down since. Antiroyalism was once such an embattled issue that even Americans—who basically adore royalty—could echo Mark Twain's dictum: "There was never a throne which did not represent a crime." But nowadays monarchy is not much of a villain. And what would astonish Mark Twain is not that...

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