Project: Absolute monarch

Absolute monarch


          While a  constitutional monarchy can be helpful in some ways, here’s why an absolute monarchy can be better. It enables speedier decision-making. The king has control over both his people and his territory. Making laws is simplified by it.  In an absolutist monarchy, just one individual has decision-making authority. Planning and achieving long-term objectives is made possible.  A king has unending power. They thus establish long-term strategies. In some respects, this is good for the country since it won’t probably be abandoned, unlike when a new leader takes power and thinks the plan is not important enough to pursue.


          King Louis XVI has made some poor legislative decisions recently. But we should believe in him and maintain the old constitution. Everybody makes mistakes. Think about his accomplishments. Firstly he was set up for failure from the start and he was able to control damage. There wasn’t much anybody could have achieved to alter the fact that France’s political atmosphere was primed for revolution. Louis XV’s France was heavily indebted as a result of its defeat within the Seven Years  War. In the 1780s, a sudden wave of crop failures led to acute bread shortages. The old tax system was incredibly unjust, with the lower classes carrying the majority of the burden while the nobility was exempt from paying taxes. At this period, the principles of the Enlightenment started to truly take root and led to revolutionary thought.

He’s more unlucky than a bad king. He was tolourent to religion. He’s never discriminated against someone of another religion. In 1787 he proved that with his Edict of Tolerance. “Louis XVI changed this with his 1787 Edict of Tolerance. His signing of the Edict granted non-Catholics in France the right to nondiscrimination based on their faith and civil status so that they could register marriages, births, and deaths and own property.”  The edict of tolerance is a huge step for civil rights. King Louis XVI also supported the Treaty of Alliance in 1778, which promised an alliance between the US and France in the event that Britain started a war. He also informed Britain that France had recognized the colonies independence. Four days later, when Britain formally declared war, Louis responded by delivering supplies and weapons to the American revolutionaries across the Atlantic.”King louis XVI got some revenge by intervening in the american revolution, assisting the upstart patriots in their war for independence.”(Jennifer Popiel and Mark C. Carnes, pg 43) French commanders, like the Marquis de Lafayette, were also recruited to fight alongside the Americans. He abolished toture for answers. Torture is a barbric way of thinking. A part of the old world. Louis is a man of tolerance and acceptance. He abolished the labour tax. A recurring element of Louis XVI’s reign was upsetting the nobility in an endeavour to appease and assist the common people. He desired the affection of his citizens, but the nobility were a formidable force. He promoted enlightenment. Louis XVI sought to spread intellectualism since he was such a brilliant example of it. He supposedly possessed one of the largest private libraries of the day, was fluent in French, English, and Italian, and excelled in Latin, astronomy, history, and geography. He also apparently had a vast knowledge of languages. In 1774, he created the L’Académie et le Collège de Chirurgie, a medical institution. He also abbolished the death penalty for deserters. In line with his liberal outlook, Louis removed the fear of the death penalty and granted unusually long periods of tolerance to army deserters. This was a part of an effort to give his men some initiative rather than creating an army of drones. He also abolished Serfdom. A vocal opposition to serfdom pointed out the inhumanity of the process and in 1779 Louis abolished serfdom on all land that was under royal control. He hoped that it would encourage other landowners to do the same. He also abolished the labour tax. They were expected to perform 14 days of enforced, unpaid work to construct and maintain the nation’s roadways, which serves as yet another illustration of the poor position of French peasants in the middle of the 18th century. The corvee en nature was abolished and replaced with a land tax under Louis XVI and the finance comptroller, Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, who also happened to be friends with Voltaire. He also adopted 6 out of his 10 kids. If you look at history, king louis XVI is not a bad king, in fact he’s a great king. Why would we take his power away when he can save us and fix the disastrous state we are in. He wanted to be loved by his people, but the nobles don’t like him. He’s knowledgeable and a great king, why fix someone that isn’t broken?


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