Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Diet of the Estates of Sweden

The Swedish House of Nobility
One and a half century and a year ago today, the Diet of the Estates of Sweden held the last vote in support of the institution's abolition and replacement with a two-chamber parliament.

Oscar II Passing at 109

A century and nine years ago today, Oscar II, King of Sweden and formerly King of Norway, passed on – in his 79th year.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Quote of the Month (November)

Writes the Mad Monarchist:

Mr. Tolstoy makes it abundantly clear that he is arguing for a largely ceremonial monarchy according to the liberal worldview, which I do not share and which I do not think has been good for monarchy or ultimately good for anyone else. Frankly, I think this worldview, which I have previously referred to as the ‘republican/revolutionary mentality’ has ruined many outstanding monarchies among the precious few that remain in the world. Many of these countries are, I think, in a terrible state but I would certainly not blame this on their being monarchies but rather on the fact that they have become too nominal about being monarchies and have adopted the republican mentality or the liberal worldview if you like which is at odds with the fundamental concept of monarchy itself.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The World Safe for God Demos

Children's playroom in the George Washington luxury steamer, built by the Norddeutsche Lloyd in 1909; Zeitschrift Deutscher Hausschatz, 1910
Two years short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to carve up Europe and make the world safe for Wilsonian mass democracy.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quote of the Month (October)

Over at his website, Dr. Gary North writes:

This will not be solved by the mere replacement of the ruling elite in the United States. It is endemic to the West. It is the surrender of law to bureaucracy. Compared to this, the election of 2016 is a side show. "See the man with the orange hair!" "See the amazing coughing woman with the rolling eyes!"

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Francis Joseph to the Throne

A century and sixty-eight years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria commenced.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Silver Anniversary

Studentersamfundet i TrondhjemIt was twenty-five years ago today I made my debut at the lectern in the Student Society in Trondhjem.

I have spoken in public – and otherwise been politically active – before and, of course, since.

However, this was the first time in an open public forum. I was quite active at the Saturday debates of the Student Society in Trondhjem for about four years.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Vienna a Hundred Years Ago

A century ago today, Emperor-King Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary passed away – ending a reign eleven days short of 68 years.

Archduke Karl ascended the thrones of the Dual Monarchy as Emperor-King, with his eldest son, Archduke Otto as Crown Prince.






Sunday, November 20, 2016

Archduke Otto 104

Today marks the 104rd birthday of the late Archduke Otto of Austria – the sixth after his passing.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Happy Monaco National Day!

The Principality of Monaco, one of two monarchies in Europe where the monarch can actually in any meaningful way be said to still be ruling, celebrates her National Day.

Congratulations! Especially to the Princely Family and the people and residents of Monaco!