Friday, October 31, 2014

Bertrand de Jouvenel at 111

Eleven decades and a year ago today, Bertrand de Jouvenel was born.

Writes Bruce Frohnen over at The Imaginative Conservative:

Ironically, Jouvenel observed, what made the state so dangerous in modern times was precisely what to most people gave to it its legitimacy: democracy. To many, this recognition of the dark side of democracy rendered Jouvenel’s thought suspect, at best.
Professor Frohnen writes further:
The greatest danger in democratic times, Jouvenel (like Tocqueville) saw, was the emptying out of society of all the institutions and communities in which people actually live. The resulting landscape of atomized individuals and the state, the mode of society propounded by too many who claim to seek the protection of individual “rights,” would spell the end of liberty, and of any decent social order. Too often overlooked by many libertarians, the “makeweights” of social institutions (including, of course, the church) were necessary for both human flourishing itself and for the cabining of political power within the bounds necessary for any decent society.

Happy Halloween!

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Take a look at modern civilization unmasked!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Turkish Interregnum at 91

Seven baker's dozen years ago today, Turkey was proclaimed a republic.

Four years short of a century ago tomorrow, the Ottoman Empire and the Allies of the Great War agreed to an armistice.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What Uncle Sam Has Money For...

Just, kidding... We always have money for war

H/T: The Daily Paul (no, your host blogger does not endorse this way of using the word “like”)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oscar II Abdicated

A year short of eleven decades ago today, King Oscar II abdicated the ancient throne of St. Olav, formally ending the union of Sweden and Norway, being a step on the march towards ever increasing democracy.

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.