Why Royalty Still Works in the UK and Elsewhere

By:  Nathaniel Handy

Queen Elizabeth II's popularity is attributed to her character rather than her accomplishments, but is this truly accurate?

The concept of hereditary rule contradicts our values, but Queen Elizabeth II's personal qualities made her exceptional.

Rulers are either corrupt or merit-based, depending on the type of governance, ranging from autocracy to strong democracy.

In the UK, politicians are believed to rule based on merit, as the country is seen as more meritocratic than corrupt.

Meritocracy's credibility falters as individuals question if leaders rule based on superiority, citing systemic corruption concerns.

Hereditary rule contradicts meritocracy, yet paradoxically enables monarchy to exist within a meritocratic and democratic era.

Queen Elizabeth II's status as queen was not earned through merit, but rather inherited, making her no inherently better at the role.

Despite its unedifying nature, royalty serves as a fallback against worse corruption when we doubt meritocracy's existence.