Kick ’em out!

I’m sympathetic to people who abhor the royal family in the United Kingdom. They’re a symbol of oppression and colonialism. They live in tax-payer funded opulence while the social safety net is being cut. They don’t even have real political power! Why should the people in the United Kingdom keep on funding them?

Well, there is one reason: because they make a ton of money for the country.

Here’s how:

I totally understand and sympathize with people who want to abolish the monarchy in the United Kingdom. In my view, these folks have the moral high ground in this argument. But in practical terms, the royal family is a huge cash cow, tourist trap, and purveyor of cultural power for the country. That’s why this outdated institution remains.