Emmanuel Macron, France’s new President-elect, is a man known for his charm (and his wife Brigitte), but less known for his agenda…
I am not sure whether or not I have shared this article previously, but I do not think so. Even if I did, it is interesting, and some may have missed it! Macron is difficult to get a handle on. He lacks a track record, by means of which his actual beliefs and intentions might, at least in part, be discerned. But this is, at least, interesting:
“Democracy is always presented as if it were incomplete, because democracy is not enough by itself,” says Macron, elaborating that there is always something missing in the democratic process; some sort of void.
“In French politics, this absence is the presence of a King, a King whom, fundamentally, I don’t think the French people wanted dead,” said Macron. “The Revolution dug a deep emotional abyss, one that was imaginary and shared: the King is no more!”
According to Macron, since the Revolution France has tried to fill this void, most notably with Napoleon and then Charles de Gaulle, which was only partially successful. “The rest of the time,” said Macron, “French democracy does not manage to fill this void.”
At least the “Overton window,” the range of subjects acceptable for serious political discussion, has been wedged open to the point that monarchy can be a legitimate topic for political discourse!