I thought a fitting way to start this blog would be with a scripture from the Hebrew bible which is shared by Jews, Christians and some other religions. I'm sorry that I don't know relevant passages in other scriptures such as Islamic or Hindu scriptures. If you do then please let me know.
I am starting with this because when I think about whether we should have a monarchy or not, for some reason this passage keeps coming int my mind.
1 Samuel 8:10-18
Samuel told all the words of Yahweh to the people who asked of him a king. He said,
“This will be the manner of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them to him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall run before his chariots; and he will appoint them to him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and he will set some to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots.
He will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. He will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive groves, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
He will take your male servants, and your female servants, and your best young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks: and you shall be his servants. You shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen you; and Yahweh will not answer you in that day.”