Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some Randoms

All over at

Says Dr. Michael S. Rozeff:

Is it the policy of the U.S. government to assure freedom and democracy in every land on earth and for all of its peoples? This is a practical impossibility that results in continual war. If it ever succeeded, the result would be global tyranny. Have Americans appointed themselves the unilateral and universal crusaders and administrators of freedom and democracy? This role is impossible too. It runs up against the individual developments in one nation after another. It runs aground on the ambiguities of what freedom means, what democracy means, and the flaws of democracy. It runs aground on the self-interests and imperial interests of those who control the U.S. government. This too is why freedom and democracy are not sufficient arguments for interventions.
Asks Mr. Eric Margolis:
But on the Western Front, generals on all sides kept sending their men on suicidal bayonet charges across dense wire in the face of interlocking machine gun fire and shrapnel. How could they have been so foolish?
Says Dr. Hunt Tooley:
The stalemate “crisis” also justified related repression of all kinds: the internment of “enemy aliens,” new and commodious rights of confiscation of property, jail time for all kinds of nay-sayers, the command economy, the national security state (broadening and creation of state security police, patriot laws like the Defense of the Realm Act in Britain), the state assault on privacy, and much more.
Dr. Tooley also reviews WWI history.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Continent Design

Chateau de BrestFour years short of a century ago today, the bête noire of this blog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Queen of Kenya

50 years ago today, Queen Elizabeth II was deposed as Queen of Kenya.

Previously: Independence of Kenya

Monday, December 8, 2014

Passing of King Oscar II

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

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Infamy Indeed

97 years ago today, the Persona Non Grata and bête noire of this weblog signed the declaration of war against Austria-Hungary, after having spoken three days earlier. The motion to declare war passed unopposed in the United States Senate. It was opposed by one honorable United States Representative. This war had become for the Allied Powers almost exclusively – if not entirely – a war to make the world safe for unfettered mass democracy, although the British Empire had to wait a while to have that unleashed upon it.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Voyage for King Demos

Cabin for 1st Class passengers of the George Washington luxury steamer, built by the Norddeutsche Lloyd in 1909
Four years short of a century ago today, the bête noire of this blog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to redraw the map of Europe and make the world safe for King Demos.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bonaparte Coronation

21 decades ago today, General Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

Franz Josef's Accession Day

166 years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria commenced.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Theodore Dalrymple over at Taki's Magazine:

Modern politicians, having been given the mandate of heaven (vox populi vox Dei), do not accept limitations of their authority or their moral competence, even if, in practice, only a third or even a quarter of the eligible voters have voted for them. Procedural correctness is all that is necessary for such a man to feel justified in pursuing his own moral enthusiasms at other people’s expense.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Stefan Zweig Born

133 years ago today, Stefan Zweig, author of Die Welt von Gestern, was born.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Johan Scharffenberg at 145

Johan Scharffenberg
In this Norwegian consitutional bicentennial year, 145 years ago today, Johan Scharffenberg was born.

Scharffenberg was active in 1905 for the republican cause in the Kingdom of Norway, but at the end of World War II he was behind a move to give more powers to the King.