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For 240 years, most Americans have identified our country with its government as the embodiment of "Freedom" and the nation itself. Take away the Constitution, Congress, and presidential elections, and not only liberty but the United States themselves would vanish.
Or would they? We have a government that imposes social change from above at breakneck speed, while each presidential election seems to offer even more pathetic choices than the one before. Many are scratching their heads and wondering - not just "where are we going?" but "how did we get here?" Is our governmental system itself - the leading symbol of the American way of life - heading for a meltdown? And if it is, what - if anything - shall be left of our country?
Star-Spangled Crown is a book that comes to us from over a century in the future. That feared meltdown has already occurred - but these United States survived the loss of the presidency. Erected on the ruins of our current regime, a Monarchy has emerged; contrary to all of our 21st century notions, it is a thoroughly American institution. How it functions - as and where all governments, including our present one must function - is the subject of the book.
Star-Spangled Crown is not a call for radical change. It is an invitation for serious thought about the realities of civil life that we as a people have spent more than two centuries ignoring or avoiding at our ultimate peril. What values shall our society express? Who makes those decisions? By what right do they do so? What is America really - or, as our 22nd century author might say, what are the United States? Star-Spangled Crown offers one set of answers from a possible future - but above all, it calls on you to ask the questions in the present.
Vincent Frankini wrote:
This is a bold and groundbreaking work. With its grand scope, it is clear that this represents the culmination of Mr. Coulombe's experience as a historian and writer for the counterrevolution. It takes your mind into uncharted places, and it allows you to dream as you've never dreamt before.
James Holm wrote:
I just finished "Star-Spangled Crown" by Charles A. Coulombe. A wonderful "what if" history that is written from the perspective of a future (22nd century) writer. In a nut shell our republic collapses into total anarchy culminating in a shoot out in the oval office sometime this century. In a desperate attempt to save our society the Joint Chiefs call in a little known but very able monarch from a small duchy in Central Europe. The story goes through the process of how this king rebuilds and strengthens the US through combining our unique culture and institutions with old world Christian monarchal rule. The author also sprinkles in a good amount of actual historical perspectives on social, military, cultural and religious life under various monarchs.
During this time of social and cultural collapse Mr. Coulombe offers another possibility. Perhaps a thorough rethink on monarchy is due. Perhaps we as Americans should reevaluate our deeply rooted distain of kings and queens, bolstered by two centuries of propaganda. On the monarchist side, it's time to get organized and outline the basic principles of Christendom and it's restoration. Perhaps a revitalized and vibrant monarchism can save the growing "alt-right" movement from degenerating into a neo-pagan, supremacist movement seeking to resurrect Nietzsche. Anyway, great book!
The Gentle Traditionalist wrote:
Charles A. Coulombe has penned a rich, colourful, penetrating new book devoted to (apparently) the most improbable of themes: American Counter-Revolution...What result is a fascinating mixture of history, culture, philosophy, theology, social commentary – and provocative, original thinking. It comes very highly recommended.
Mark Christensen wrote:
Star-Spangled Crown makes clear that while America may be today the center of a liberal world order, the roots of its culture and many republican institutions themselves lie in a civilization which precedes that liberalism. The reader interested in political thought will find this engagement not only educational, but practical.
Online Appendix: Royal Places in America