"Our system obliges us to elevate to office precisely those persons who
have the ego-besotted effrontery to ask us to do so; it is rather like
being compelled to cede the steering wheel to the drunkard in the back
seat loudly proclaiming that he knows how to get us there in half the
time ... One can at least sympathize, then, with Tolkien's view of monarchy. ... A king--a king without any real power, that is--is such an ennoblingly arbitrary, such a tender and organically human
institution. It is easy to give our loyalty to someone whose only claim on it is an
accident of heredity, because then it is a free gesture of spontaneous
affection that requires no element of self-deception, and that does not
involve the humiliation of having to ask to be ruled."
- David B. Hart
at First Things, writing about J.R.R. Tolkien's attraction to both monarchy and anarchy
[Hat tip: E. D. Kain
at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen]
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