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Scheduled Mild Amusements Dump
Americans are obsessed with the royal family.
We're still mourning the death of Princess Di.

Most peculiar, given our proud history.

We have our King of rock and roll, as well as some Dukes and Prince's. We have several Queens, including Aretha Franklin.
We speak proudly of our royalty in the film industry.


Must be 'separation anxiety'.
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Quote:Posted by stanky - 35 minutes ago

Americans are obsessed with the royal family.

We're still mourning the death of Princess Di.

Most peculiar, given our proud history.

We have our King of rock and roll, as well as some Dukes and Prince's. We have several Queens, including Aretha Franklin.
We speak proudly of our royalty in the film industry.


Must be 'separation anxiety'.

I think you are very close with that.

I hold this notion that humans are  feudal by default.  No proofs, just observation and historically puzzling choices that seem to align with the same 'instinct' that makes people turn to religion.  
They want and need to have someone taking charge of looking after them.  Someone to shoulder responsibility, and take the blame.

Not only priests,  or Royalty,  or democratically elected governments,  but they'll also accept crazy war lords, crazy evangelists, and crazy homicidal maniacs (Manson) as long as they're offered a place in 'pack' and a form of protection by belonging to it.

 Royalty may be seen as that 'benevolent dictatorship' that is oft quoted.  It's centuries since the monarch was hands on murderous so people aren't scared of them now.    Since they got that layering of authority right, the princes, dukes and down, it has become a more secure and relaxed form of control,  kind of 'family', while also maintaining the permanence, through line of descent of the ritualistic form of government that they're familiar with. 
Could be Americans are trying to impose that upon what they've really got, sounds reasonable.


It's as though the majority of humanity is still in the 'larval' stage, still babies, or at best young juveniles.  


Royalty of itself isn't what they need,  it's the security and tradition and strict rituals symbolic of the power that comforts them.  Just as the religious chanting and ritual does. 
 Everything's fine as long as the people in charge are calmly carrying on the traditions. 

Republics don't have that 'familial' feel, they're quite cold comfort especially when the wrong people get elected.
People realise that what they've elected is all they have,  no 'parent' to arbitrate and fix the mistakes. 
Maybe that's why there is so much 'god' in American politics?

... just rambling now ....
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Human nature/sociology as handed to us by our primate beginnings. Individuals die, groups do not.
You can lead 'em to knowledge, but you can't make 'em think.
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