Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle


United States property law (in both concept and language) originated in England, which got me doing a little reading about monarchy theory in general.

It turns out there was something unique about Hungary's monarchy: the physical crown wasn't just a symbol of the monarch's authority, it was the authority. In other words, the physical crown was considered a sacred object which linked the wisdom of heaven with the power of the state, and the king himself was simply the ordinary human being charged with wearing it.

This doctrine has been in place for the last 800 years, and the crown used today is the same one used when that doctrine arose.

During WWII, just before Hungary was overrun by the Soviet Union, this crown was entrusted to the U.S. Army for safekeeping. As a courtesy, the U.S. government protected it in our gold vault at Fort Knox until returning it in 1978.

How could anyone interested in law not love property? It's not just law in the abstract: it's also human life, human history, and human desire writ large.

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