Professor David Valone tells South Korean radio station: Most successful democratic leaders have imperial air about them

valoneDavid Valone, chair and professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, told a South Korean radio station that Prince George’s birth exposes an ironic twist in democracy.

“In democracy, it seems that the most successful democratic leaders have that sort of imperial air about them,” Valone told TBS, the 24-hour English radio station. “In America, you think certainly of people like Ronald Reagan, who just carried themselves with a kind of distinction and that allowed them to be powerful and successful in ways that other democratic leaders who don’t have that kind of air about them don’t have.”

In the interview, which begins around the nine-minute mark, Valone said Americans’ interest in the royal birth highlights the man’s yearning for guidance.

“It reflects something very deep-seeded in a lot of cultures — the wanting of that special leader to take us to the promised land,” he said. “We want our democracies to be places where anyone can come from humble beginnings and rise to positions of power but we also want those people in power to have a kind of royal air about them.”

Please click here to listen to the interview.

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