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Single Idea 19972

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 5. Leaders / b. Monarchy]

Full Idea

In a sense, nobility is one part of the essence of monarchy, whose fundamenta maxim is: 'without a monarchy, no nobility; without a nobility, no monarchy'. There are, of course, despots, but they are something else.

Gist of Idea

The nobility are an indispensable part of a monarchy


Baron de Montesquieu (The Spirit of the Laws (rev. 1757) [1748], 02.04)

Book Reference

Montesquieu,Baron de: 'Selected Political Writings', ed/tr. Richter,Melvin [Hackett 1990], p.122

A Reaction

Hence the worst vice associated with a monarchy is patronage, even when the monarch is weak and 'constitutional'.