A dozen score years ago today, the First Continental Congress petitioned His Majesty George III to address grievances.
It was on his 14th Accession Day. 254 years ago today George III ascended the Britannic throne.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
The choice of the people belongs to men who command attention, who attract respect, who have acquired the right to esteem, confidence, and popular recognition. And these more energetic men will also be be moderate. People always take mediocrity as peaceful. It is peaceful only when it is locked up. When chance invests it with power, it is a thousand times more incalculable in its motion, more envious, more obstinate, more immoderate, and more convulsive than talent, even when emotions lead the latter astray.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Eleven decades and a year ago today, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, who stood up against the rising age of democracy, passed on from this world.
I read his two-volume work Democracy and Liberty from start to end not too long ago. One of his many insights are:
No danger in representative government was deemed greater than that it should degenerate into a system of veiled confiscation—one class voting the taxes which another class was compelled to pay.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Over at Enter Stage Right, says Mr. Tom Harris and Dr. Bob Carter:
But he [Mr. DiCaprio] has identified the wrong monster. The real one is the climate scare something DiCaprio promotes with his sensationalist, error-riddled movie. That is the real threat to civilization.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.
Friday, October 10, 2014
The Swiss are to vote on gold and money this upcoming November 30.
Mr. Lukas Reimann, member of the National Council from the Canton of St. Gall, has given this speech in favor of the Swiss gold initiative (English subtitles):
More information (via LRC).
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Total votes: 29.
- almost completely true: 11 (37%)
- completely true: 6 (20%)
- mostly true: 6 (20%)
- a bit more true than false: 2 (6%)
- a bit more false than true: 1 (3%)
- mostly false: 1 (3%)
- almost completely false: 1 (3%)
- None of the [alternatives]: 1 (3%)
- half truth, half falsehood: 0 (0%)
- completely false: 0 (0%)
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Those who thought that getting rid of the Hohenzollerns and the other German dynasties and bringing in the age of the common man were, of course, to be in for a very nasty shock when they saw what the common man could, and indeed did, turn out to be like.