Sunday, September 14, 2014

Falsen at 232

Christian Magnus Falsen232 years ago today, Christian Magnus Falsen was born. Falsen was one of the leading men at Eidsvold. He was a proponent of aristocratic and monarchical power. However, at the Constitutional Convention at Eidsvold in 1814 he was soft on popular sovereignty. He did recover from such thoughts after a few years.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Severin Løvenskiold

Two years short of eight score years ago today, Severin Løvenskiold passed away.

Løvenskiold was governor of Norway until his demise in 1856. He was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention at Eidsvold in 1814, said to be the most reactionary representative, even supposedly rejecting the principle of popular sovereignty.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mencken at 134

Painting of H.L. Mencken134 years ago today, H.L. Mencken was born.

In November, the H.L. Mencken Club hosts its 2014 conference – October 31 through November 2.

Mencken is indeed needed in this day and age. His Notes on Democracy is full of witty wisdom.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ambassador Dumba

Konstantin DumbaOne hundred years ago today, the United States Secretary of State Robert Lansing demanded Austro-Hungarian Ambassador Konstantin Dumba recalled.

Robert A. Nisbet

Robert Nisbet: Conservatism: Dream and RealityTwo years short of a score years ago today, Robert Alexander Nisbet passed on.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Selection from August

Over at, writes “Bionic Mosquito”:

Barzun identifies the Great War, and at it roots the transition from classical liberalism to a socialist society, as the beginning of the end for Western civilization. It seems to me that we are now living through the final convulsions, as witnessed by the remaining centralizing structures acting and reacting almost reflexively to maintain and extend control in the face of the inevitable progression toward decentralization.
Also at, writes Ryan McMaken:
Europe during the bourgeois century was certainly no utopia. The new cities were filled with disease, pollution, and crime. Medical science had yet to achieve what it would in the twentieth century, and of course, standards of living remained low when compared to today. But even if we consider these problems, which plague many societies even today, the enormous gains made for ordinary people, thanks to industrialization and the rise of free trade, were fostered all the more by the rise of classical liberalism which actively sought to avoid war, political repression, and economic intervention as the means to a more prosperous society.
Too at, writes Eric Margolis:
As a former soldier and military historian, I’ve always felt that WWI was the most tragic conflict in modern history: a totally avoidable madness that wrecked Europe’s glittering civilization and led directly to World War II, Hitler and Stalin.
Tea at Trianon provides a quote regarding August of 1914.

Over at his weblog Royal World, Theodore Harvey gives some thoughts on democracy. More August musings from Royal World.

Says Peter Hitchens in a Mail on Sunday column:
The best thing would be to get the old hereditaries back, but our media and political classes are too stupid and malevolent to allow that.
At his blog, Mr. Hitchens also says:
The Wiki Man continues to dispute clear facts about the British declaration of war on Germany in 1914, available to any interested party, claiming that they are matters of opinion.He even suggests that (despite it being well known to everyone interested that it wasn't so) that the Commons did vote on our entry into war. They did not. I understand that this *seems* incredible to anyone used to the modern age, and to anyone who thinks that our entry to war was an open and honest process. But it is by grasping that these unbelievable things actually happened (or did not happen) that we understand that the entry into war was not open or honest. There was no obligation to Belgium. Parliament had no opportunity to vote on the war until after it had irrevocably begun.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Independence of Brazil

Four squared dozen years ago today, the future Emperor Dom Pedro I proclaimed the independence of Brazil.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quote of the Month (August)

Writes Dr. Paul E. Gottfried over at The Unz Review:

If one could go back in time and tell these delegates they were founding a global democracy based on human rights, and that they were putting the US on a course toward converting the entire planet to something called “liberal democracy,” they would have viewed the speaker as mad.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Roth 120

Joseph (right) and Friederike (Friedl) Roth nee Reichler horseback riding with an unidentified manSix score years ago today, Joseph Roth was born.

Tolkien Passed

41 years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien passed from this world.