Saturday, October 25, 2014

George III, King of America

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.

Constant at 247

Benjamin ConstantThree years short of a quarter of a millennium ago today, Benjamin Constant was born.

A quote:

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

Lecky Passing at 111

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

Feast Day of Blessed Charles

Today is Blessed Emperor-King Karl's Feast Day. A century and three years ago today, then Archduke Karl married Princess Zita.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Propaganda Depicted

German mockery (with option of English subtitles):

H/T: Daniel McAdams, The LRC Blog

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ortega y Gasset Passing

A year short of three score years ago today, José Ortega y Gasset passed from this world.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Queen to the Guillotine

In this year of 225 years since the outbreak of the French Revolution, 221 years ago today, Queen Marie Antoinette was brutally murdered.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Real Climate Monster

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

Anatole France Passing

In this year of the centennial of the outbreak of the Great War, three quarters of a century and a year ago today, François-Anatole Thibault, also known as Anatole France, passed on.

Some quotes:

Another quote:
For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Swiss Gold Initiative

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

Poll Results: World War One Was the End of Western Civilization. What Is this Statement?

The results for the poll, with the question “World War One was the end of Western Civilization. What is this statement?,” ending on midnight between September and October, are as follows:

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%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quote of the Month (September)

Writes the host blogger of Once I Was A Clever Boy:

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.