Many people think that the British monarch has no political power. This is false – they can veto laws, for example. Many then say, this doesn’t matter, because although the monarch holds powers in theory, they will never actually use them. In a new piece for What To Do About Now, I use Philip Pettit’s ‘republican’ theory of freedom to argue that monarchy is problematic even if monarchs don’t use the powers they have, and especially if dissent is repressed.
Read it here.