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Voters in a county election, 1854. Etching by John Sartain after painting by George Caleb Bingham; National Gallery of Art

Why Franklin, Washington and Lincoln considered American democracy an ‘experiment’ – and were unsure if it would survive

Is American democracy an ‘experiment’ in the bubbling-beakers-in-a-laboratory sense of the word? If so, what is the experiment attempting to prove, and how will we know if and when it has succeeded?
King Charles and Queen Camilla stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their coronation in London on May 6, 2023. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)

Dismay over King Charles’s coronation raises questions about Canada’s ties to the monarchy

Canadians should learn the lessons of the U.S. and the U.K. to avoid idealizing a republic with a powerful president and at the same time acknowledge that a constitutional monarchy is no alternative.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla pose for a photo with representatives of the Commonwealth countries during the annual Commonwealth Day reception at Buckingham Palace in May 2022. (Daniel Leal/Pool via AP)

King Charles’s coronation: Can the British monarchy shed its imperial past?

The coronation is a critical moment for King Charles to show that the monarchy can be more efficient and more sensitive to the legacy of British imperialism.
Then-Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles visiting Canada in 2017. As a new monarch is crowned in Britain, is it time for Canada to have a head of state who is Canadian? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

King Charles’s coronation: Should Canada become a republic?

As Charles is crowned King, maybe the time has come for Canada to reassess its connection with the British monarchy and become a republic.

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