A:     The Saudi King has picked a new successor, in one royal decree he changed the line of succession. Imagine having that kind of power. Our leaders have to go through piles of paperwork to get even a light bulb replaced, no wonder they take extra constitutional steps. On a side not, I feel for Prince Muqrin, the guy was supposed to be the next king, overnight all those cars and camels now are destined for someone else.

S:     Cars and Camels! That cracked me up. He still has that though, more than he could ever want, he is still a Saudi prince, without the burden of responsibility he might even get to take them out for a ride. But I get the point that you’re trying to make, democracy takes time, but it is much better than the archaic system that operated in Saudi Arabia.

A:     True, no one should have that much power, but hypothetically speaking, in a time of crisis or an emergency, having a central figure who makes snap decisions would be much better than endless bureaucratic red tape.

S:     As far as being quick, sure. Weather his decisions will be smart and well thought out is another question, you need someone to second guess your judgement. Our minds tend to ignore information that tends to contradict our judgement, and emphasises that information that confirms it. It’s called affirmation bias. History is ripe with examples of kingdoms which have been brought to ruin out of a kings ego.

A:     But what if the king is the right man for the job and everyone around him is bringing him down? History is also stocked with examples of kings who single-handedly took their nations to prosperity. When you and I talk about what’s wrong with our country and how we would fix it if we were in power, are we not imagining ourselves as dictators too; whose judgment is the best one and no challenge or compromise is allowed?

S:     True. I’d make an excellent king though. We all know this.