Hapsburgs to rule Harvard?
Via Ross Douthat, the story of some Harvard student council candidates with a serious interest in Franz Ferdinand (not the band): The Waite-Petri campaign is adopting an age-old tradition of using their platform to advocate for the abolition of the Council. There is one caveat, however. “We’re going to invite a member of the House ...
The Waite-Petri campaign is adopting an age-old tradition of using their platform to advocate for the abolition of the Council. There is one caveat, however. “We’re going to invite a member of the House of Hapsburg to rule the student body indefinitely instead,” Waite says.
“I think that a member of the Royal Family would be in a much stronger position to negotiate with the administration and faculty,” he explains. “It’s much easier for Harvard to blow off a group of self-important undergrads than it is the House of Hapsburg.” […]
Despite the fact that no American university has ever established a hereditary monarchy to rule over the student body, Waite says that this is certainly not an obstacle.
“Harvard is always on the forefront of change. We can set an example,” he says.
I’ll have to check with Blake and Beth, but I think that Yale is now obligated to adopt the Romanovs in retaliation.
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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