Return of the Kaiser

Buried in an otherwise inflammatory article about royalism in Germany is an interesting and encouraging statistic. The Spectator reports: “Around 10 per cent of Germans support the restoration of the royals; among those under 34, that number is nearly one in five.”

The overthrow of the Hohenzollern dynasty was probably the greatest political catastrophe of the modern era. Although carried out by a domestic coup, it was the result of external pressure. The Western powers had imposed the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II as a prerequisite for peace at the end of World War I. This reflected Woodrow Wilson’s ominously broad mission to “make the world safe for democracy.”

Will we eventually escape from the twentieth century?—and from its homogenizing globalisms?