Monday, September 22, 2008

What is a neomonarchist?

Theodore Harvey

Neomonarchists
see monarchy as entirely separate from Left/Right political divisions. Their own political views are likely to range from liberal to moderately conservative, or they may not be very interested in politics at all. While respectful of the religious traditions associated with royalty, they are usually not particularly religious themselves. Neomonarchists are primarily concerned with the support of existing constitutional monarchies, such as the ten currently reigning in Europe, and it is this model of monarchy that they would advocate in the case of any possible restoration. Many of them enthusiastically follow the lives of contemporary royals, and are inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt when they are criticized. Neomonarchists tend to be socially liberal and so are unlikely to object to non-traditional marital alliances such as that of the Crown Prince of Norway with an unwed mother who had confessed to using drugs. They embrace multiculturalism and see monarchy as a potential unifying figure in Europe’s increasingly diverse countries, as exemplified by Denmark’s part-Chinese Princess Alexandra and the Prince of Wales’s interest in Islam. They
enjoy contemporary popular culture and welcome royals’ interactions with it. Most importantly, neomonarchists are those royalists who have made their peace with modernity and do not see any fundamental conflict between monarchism (they may prefer to say “interest in royalty”) and liberal democratic values. Not especially prone to nostalgia, they are nevertheless often quite fascinated by the royal personalities of past eras, and have no problem sympathizing on a human level with members of autocratic royal families such as Russia’s Romanovs while rejecting everything that these royals stood for ideologically.

8 comments:

Stelios Rigopoulos said...

I have long been aware of Theodore Harvey's brand of Neomonarchism and, quite frankly, as a traditional Monarchist and unashamed Legitimist, a European, Greek Orthodox but well-disposed towards the Catholic Church, with no particular brief for the "Right" or the "Left", I do not like it. I am certain that for Theodore Harvey and all the "Theodore Harveys", call them "Neomonarchists", glossy magazine "Royalists" or "Fans of Celebrity Royals", there is no common ground between us, no mutual sympathy or common understanding of what I would call the "phenomenology" of Monarchy. Whether on a religious base or not, his proposal reaks of American Liberal Protestantism (which I frankly deride, even despise - I'm sorry I cannot tell a lie) and, in the finale, places Monarchy in the arena of popular approbation. Chosen models of the current British or Northern European Constitutional Monarchies are nicely, "democratically" sanitised, so as not to disturb the illusion that they co-exist comfortably with elected parliaments, which express the real will of the Almighty "People". I say adamantly NO to this inverted pyramid, which may be mighty fine for an American or to a European enjoying his first taste of a liberal economy, a free market society and consumer-based life-styles, but has nothing to do with the classic concept of Monarchy, in the image of God, and the Sovereign, always, under the law, and most importantly, under God's law, as the shepherd of his people, and the guarantor of their prosperity and spiritual and material well-being. I expect Theodore Harvey, coming from where he is coming from, to reject my view. I reject his. I am asking myself how Serbians, with a far more elevated culture of Tradition than any American could possibly have, and especially Serbian youth with the mirage now of a liberal society before their eyes, are going to "swallow the bait" of Neomonarchism, as a political option?

Монархистичка Иницијатива said...

It’s awfully simple, dear Mr. Rigopoulos: the classic concept of Monarchy, „in the image of God, and the Sovereign, always, under the law, and most importantly, under God's law, as the shepherd of his people“ has nothing to do with the prosperity and spiritual and material well-being. We DO want to enjoy liberal economy, a free market society and consumer-based life-styles. Our „culture of Tradition“ has lead us – quite spontaneously – to the constitutional, parliamentary monarchy – as early as in 1903!

Theodore Harvey said...

Why, Mr. Rigopoulos, do you assume that I am advocating "neomonarchism"? What appears on this blog is only part of a longer essay in which I identify various types of monarchism without necessarily endorsing everything I write about. If you read the whole article that would be clear. Please do not jump to conclusions. I think you owe me an apology for assuming that I am interested in nothing more than glossy magazines when in fact my concept of monarchy is far closer to yours than you thought.

Theodore Harvey said...

Here is the link to my original complete article:

http://www.royaltymonarchy.com/opinion/twokinds.html

If you still disagree with me, fine, but at least read the whole thing.

Noel S. McFerran said...

I'm not sure how Mr Harvey came up with this definition for "neomonarchist". Indeed the term is not widely used. There are very few people who describe themselves as such. I can't see how Mr Harvey could have taken a survey of these people to determine their beliefs.
It is clear, however, that the group of individuals who Mr Harvey calls "neomonarchists" are not monarchists at all.

Michael said...

Let's review it again: "Neomonarchism", in Theodore Harvey's definition stands for:

1) Egalitarianism.
2) Cultural Marxism, including the mantra about "diversity" that plainly consists in the ethnic destruction of european peoples through massive immigration, cultural promotion of miscegenation and globalism.
3) Social dellusions, like the (pathetic) one that pretends that some person's previous deeds tell you nothing about his or her future behaviour.
4) An absolute concept of democracy. I.e.: Ochlocracy.

This "neomonarchism" is pure leftism with some gayish frivolity and interest in celebrities. It makes me puke.

James Gillan said...

Have a look at thos web site and blog which I write www.freethepeople.co.uk I'm interested in contacting Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle with a view to presenting her with documents.
The documents reffered to can be seen in their entirety there.

Great blog.
James N. Gillan


James Gillan said...

Have a look at this web site and blog which I write at www.freethepeople.co.uk I'm interested in contacting Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle with a view to presenting her with documents.
The documents reffered to can be seen in their entirety there.

Great blog you have here yourself.

James N. Gillan