Ordinary World 20 Oct 2018


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Wo3: Australian republicanism is kind of weird. Becoming a republic wouldn’t really change anything except replacing a far away ceremonial hereditary head of state with a local elected head of state with much less flash. Parliamentary republics have this problem. You still need somebody to perform the ceremonial parts of government and act as a figure head of national unity. Elected ceremonial Presidents seem to be something of non-entities though. Very few people care who the Presidents of Italy, Ireland, Israel, India, Finland, Germany, and other parliamentary republics are. Constitutional monarchs are able to perform ceremonial head of state functions better because people have emotional attachments to them because of monkey brain tendencies.

    I suppose the arguments over whether there should be a ceremonial monarch or a ceremonial president are about the role of rituals and traditions in government. Small r-republican minded people tend to have very little patience with the choreography of government. They want it to be all business, in the sense of being filled with self-effacing hardworking elected officials and civil servants that do what they are supposed to do with little fuss. They don’t want any pomp and circumstance be it a royal wedding or an elected mayor doing a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new subway system. There are plenty of people that love the rituals of government though and believe that serves as a way to connect the people with the government in a meaningful fashion.

    The left side of politics from mainstream liberalism to far leftism suffers from hating the ceremonies of government because it creates a situation where we need perpetual parliaments, and therefore electorates, of saints. This obviously doesn’t happen in nature because people like their creature comforts, their celebrity gossip, and other humans things. The sentiment of “how dare you take your kids to an amusement park when there are all these big problems that need to be solved” makes a lot of sense to people on the leftist side of politics, especially if you go really further left. Humans don’t operate this way though.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Wo2: if I am reading that right, they drained the lake so it can be dredged and have repairs made to a bridge, then it will be refilled.Report