Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Quote of the Month

I wish circumstances could be different.

Mr. Theodore Harvey wrote:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of dedicated monarchist Walter Moore of Maryland, whose uniquely indefatigable commitment to e-mailing articles on royal and monarchical news was of invaluable assistance to me in maintaining this website. Goodbye Walter and thank you. R.I.P.
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It's Time for Wilsonianism to Go!

U.S. Representative Ron PaulOver at the Intellectual Conservative, I have an updated and expanded Ron Paul article this week.

Halloween

Halloween (photo: Toby Ord)If I could find a way to dress up as the nouveau régime unmasked, I could scare the wits, the devil, and the living daylights out of the entire neighborhood.

King George III Speaks to Parliament after Declaration of Independence

George III on coin231 years ago today, King George III gave his first speech before the British Parliament since the leaders of the American Revolution came together to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Turkish "Celebration" Today

Osman ISeven dozen years ago today, Turkey became a republic, which the Persona Non Grata of this weblog lived to see.

Supposedly, everyone in Turkey is a republican. Hmm?!?

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote in the previous century:

Throughout the previous century, two empires had between them dominated Central Europe and the Near East: the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Once, every schoolchild was taught that breaking up these empires was "a good thing." We are now painfully aware how false that is.
Further:
The fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy has often been mentioned in the same breath with the end of the Ottoman Empire. The analogy has weak points. The Ottoman Empire was by no means so cohesive; and unlike the Danubian Monarchy, it was outside Christendom. Still, there are indeed parallels-mostly in the aftermath. The big Armenian slaughter, for example, took place not under the Ottoman Empire, but under the "democratic" Young Turks, whose motto was Unity and Progress. Under the empire, civil-service careers in Turkey were open to Christians and Jews; under the democratic successors those doors were closed, and the Greeks were expelled.

Neo-Jacobins in DC?

The Jacobin ClubAt the New York Times, Professor François Furstenberg compares the present neocon regime on the banks of the Potomac to the Jacobins of the French Revolution.

H/T: Lew Rockwell

Friday, October 26, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

America, France, and Russia

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of The Modern World, 1788-1800In the Washington Post, Andrew Cayton reviews Jay Winik's The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of The Modern World, 1788-1800.

H/T: Tea at Trianon

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Conservative Intellectual Uprising

Modern AgeOver at Taki's Top Drawer, Dr. Joseph R. Stromberg chronicles the rise against neoconservatism in Modern Age since the spring of 2004 till the present.

Gold: The Once and Future Money

Gold: The Once and Future MoneyNick Adama reviews Nathan Lewis's Gold: The Once and Future Money.

See also: Mises Economics Blog

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Election Fraud"

Buying votesIn this Oil Kingdom there were local elections, i.e., elections for county, municipal, and submunicipal bodies, and even a few “experimental” direct elections for mayor, last month.

In the aftermath of the elections, there were a few controversies over alleged election fraud. According to Norwegian media, there were incidents of “election fraud” in the municipalities of Drammen, Tønsberg, and Askim. In Drammen, NOK 50 was allegedly paid for votes. In Tønsberg, tickets for a ride with a ferry cruise ship to Denmark were allegedly handed out together with ballots where the candidate with this innovative approach was marked for an extra vote. In Askim, kebabs were allegedly offered for votes.

According to Norwegian media, the police have been involved.

Also according to the media, Cabinet Secretary for Municipal and Regional Affairs, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, said that electoral fraud in any form is morally dispicable and totally unacceptable.

Reportedly, it turns out that handing out gifts together with ballots is not illegal, whereas explicitly buying votes is. We might see a change to that quite soon though.

When politicians buy votes through promising and giving grants to all sorts of thing for other people's money, however, that's not “election fraud” – that's democracy, our fantastic, wonderful, and benevolent democracy.

On another note, ballots were only folded this year. My ballot was partly opened by an election officer, reportedly not the only incident, making a mockery out of the “right” to secret ballot. Not that I feel very strongly about the electorate being able to go to the polls in total secrecy and total lack of responsibility, but rest assured that there are quite a few who are infuriated.

See the Wikipedia article on the elections.

Elsewhere: Mr. Kai Roer

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Confoederatio Helvetica

The Swiss FlagModernism is destroying the Helvetic Confederation as well. So writes Takuan Seiyo at the Brussels Journal.

Via Tea at Trianon.

Money out of Thin Air

Federal Reserve SealThe Federal Reserve was created under the bête noire of this weblog.

The Mises Economics Blog has an interesting post today on modern funny money.

Remember also that there's a petition for letting the Fed go.

Kaiser Karl

October 21, 1911Today is Blessed Emperor Karl's Feast Day. Eight dozen years ago today, then Archduke Karl married Princess Zita.

Submarine Warfare Ends

Map of the German EmpireOn this day 89 years ago, Imperial Germany ended her submarine warfare.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Yorktown the Next Morning

Surrender at Yorktown226 years ago today, the world woke up to a surrender after the victory in the American War for Independence at Yorktown.

The Humanitarian with the Guillotine

Guillotine (courtesy of mises.org)An article by Isabel Paterson was published this week at mises.org. She wrote:

Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends.

King Gyandendra Does Not Back Down

The Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, NepalThe King of Nepal plans today to continue his religious role. So the Earth Times reports.

Ottomans Seek Armistice

Ottoman Coat of Arms89 years ago today, the Ottomans sought an armistice with the Allied Powers.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Russell Kirk 89

Russell Kirk: The Conservative Mind89 years ago today, the late American conservative Russell Kirk was born.

"Mild Colonial Boy, Esq." quoted Russell Kirk recently:

If rights are confused thus with desires, the mass of men must feel always that some vast, intangible conspiracy thwarts their attainment of what they are told is their inalienable birthright.
Please also do feel free to visit the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Majestic Alaska

Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska (Wikipedia Creative Commons)Seven score years ago today, Alaska was transferred from the throne of Russia.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Kingdom of Bohemia

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of BohemiaAs the “celebration” of 90 years of vacancy on the Bohemian throne approaches, there is a growing number of monarchists. So Aktuálně reports.

Kathmandu Farce Recess

Basantapur Palace, KathmanduThe Parliament of the Kingdom of Nepal will reconvene on October 29 for further discussions of Maoist demands to proclaim a republic. So Bloomberg reports.

Google News has more.

The “Rights Industry”

PhilosophersOver at Taki's Top Drawer, Matthew Roberts laments the “rights industry.”

Dom Pedro

An interesting, very recently established blog just showed up on my radar: Dom Pedro

It has been added to my blog roll. Thus far, there are only 5 blog posts, all dated this October 16. I look forward to seeing the development of this very new weblog. The blog author has my best wishes for the future.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

More on Walter Moore

The Mineral Daily News-Tribune has an obituary of the Great American monarchist Walter Moore, previously paid tribute to at this weblog.

Perpetual Adolescence?

Over at the Brussels Journal, there's an interesting article on the decline of our civilization.

Amongst other things, the article suggests “the husband state” as a term for the so-called “welfare state”. This reminds me of Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn's term “provider state.”

Marie Antoinette Murdered

Marie AntoinetteOn this day 214 years ago, Marie Antoinette's life was taken.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day.

This year's topic is the environment.

I'll just remind you that the environment is in fact being used to empower the nouveau régime.



In light of the awarding of a certain prize to a certain demagogue last Friday, we should now move to have the prize renamed the Nobel Prize for Outstanding Demagoguery and Propaganda.

This year's prize should, however, not come as a surprise. The prize was awarded in 1920 for 1919 to the bête noire of this weblog, and he was not exactly innocent in the atrocities of the 20th century. It did not stop there.

Awareness of environmental and climate change issues is supposedly a way of avoiding future conflict. So if conflict possibly may arise out of situations that possibly may occur in the future, one awards a peace prize to someone who uses alarmism and propaganda to create “awareness” about a possible situation in the future, which mankind possibly (?) can do something about? Impressed? I guess that's what happens when you put members of the Norwegian political class to the task of awarding a peace prize.

I guess the members of the political class are blinded by their own utopian visions. They seem not to be able to see the problems with a world (attempted) made in the image of politicos. This at least goes for the issue of peace. In fact, political utopias have had a tendency to promote the opposite of peace.

On another note, what about all the resources we stand at the risk of wasting due to climate hysteria, resources that alternatively can be used for measures that more obviously are peace-promoting.

Al Gore is a proponent of more government coercion. If you have a seven foot guy with a baseball bat standing above you, and he threatens to slam you in the head if you move, and you don't move, you might say there's no conflict, and politicos would probably call it peace.

Jeffrey Tucker told us last November that the Nobel Committee seems always in the position of following the zeitgeist rather than leading.

Mike Rozeff has an LRC article on the prize today.

Jan Oberg of Lund, Sweden is one of those who made a statement Friday.

Please also feel free to visit or revisit my article on the nomination of Al Gore to the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007.

H/T: Vampus (video)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Empire of Brazil

Dom Pedro Primeiro15 years short of a couple of centuries ago today, Dom Pedro Primeiro proclaimed the Empire of Brazil – on his 24th birthday.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Perpetual Childhood?

Issue no. 4, 2007 of Svensk Tidskrift (in Swedish) was out this Monday.

Mr. Adam Nelvin has an article concerning monarchy in Sweden (in Swedish).

I have an article on the monarchy issue in Sweden as well (in English).

Thanks to Mr. J.R. Sjöberg for the tip on Hjalmar Branting.

The Kingdom of Georgia

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of GeorgiaGeorgian parliamentarians are seriously moving towards a monarchy. So RIA Novosti reports.

See also reports on the position of the Orthodox Church of Georgia here, here, and here.

Bulgaria Enters the Great War

Crest of the Kingdom of BulgariaFour score and a dozen years ago today, the Kingdom of Bulgaria entered the Great War on the side of the Central Powers.

Miklós Bánffy

Michael Henderson reviews the work of Hungarian nobleman Miklós Bánffy.

Update on Nepal

Maoist-controlled village (photo: Pavel Novak)Apparently, PM Girija Prasad Koirala has lost patience with His Majesty. Maila Baje writes at his blog here and here.

The Parliament of the Kingdom of Nepal meets today over a Maoist motion to abolish the monarchy immediately. So Reuters reports.

Charles Maurras

Charles MaurrasDr. Paul Edward Gottfried compares French monarchist Charles Maurras to the neocons.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Walter L. Moore, RIP

It was with a mixture of sadness and disbelief I this Thursday received the message that my e-mail friend and fellow monarchist Walter L. Moore of Maryland had fatally suffered a heart attack on Wednesday, October 3, 2007.

It was on the turn of the month of May and June of 2004 I ended up on Mr. Moore's monarchist e-mail list. It was quite early on I created a separate folder for e-mail from Mr. Moore. My archives consist of more than 9 thousand e-mails from Mr. Moore, the last of which I received only this Tuesday – containing an article on King of Spain Juan Carlos I's defense of the role of monarchy.

I never had the pleasure to meet Walter Moore, or even talk to him, but his e-mails were greatly appreciated, and they will indeed be missed. These e-mails were of great service to me when preparing and writing articles, for this weblog, and in general for my being informed on monarchical, royal, and other topics. I know that other monarchists have had similar, most helpful service. I wish the circumstances were so that this service could continue. For this invaluable service to me and the monarchist cause in general, I thank you.

Walter Moore was kind, grateful, and polite. He saw greatness in others. He often referred to himself as a “monarchist in the Great Republic.” It was indeed a great pleasure to correspond with him. It is hard to believe that silence from now on is in the place of this correspondence.

I am certain that Walter Moore's family was very lucky to have him as a family member. Close friends, I am certain too, were lucky to have him as a close friend. My most sympathetic thoughts first of all go to the family of Walter Moore, and then to others close to him. My condolences are offered for this untimely passing at the age of only 57.

Mr. Walter Moore was born on July 16, 1950. Mr. Moore, a Roman Catholic, was unmarried, and he had only this last mid-September experienced the passing of his mother.

Thank you so very much, and may you rest in peace.

Elsewhere: Mr. Theodore Harvey

Nepal Elections Postponed

The top of the world (photo: Pavel Novak)Due to conflict between Maoists and other politicos, elections for the Nepalese Constitutional Assembly, until recently set for the upcoming November 22, have been postponed indefinitely. So the New York Times reports.

Google News has more.

Cusack for Paul – Once Again

The Honorable Dr. Ron PaulNew Yorker and fellow monarchist Andrew Cusack's support for Ron Paul goes on, now with an encouragement for citizens of the Empire State to register as Republicans by October 12.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Annexed

99 years ago today, Bosnia and Herzegovina were annexed.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Viva o Rei de Portugal!

Flag of the Kingdom of Portugal

On this day 3 years short of a century ago, the Kingdom of Portugal fell.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Imperial Germany Seeks Armistice

Imperial German FlagOn this day a year short of a dozen years short of a century ago, Imperial Germany sought an armistice with the Allied Powers.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

All Trends Reversible?

His Honour the Honourable Steven Lewis Point, OBC, LLB (Photo: Darren Stone, Times Colonist)Writes “Lord Beaverbrook” over at The Monarchist:

The Hon. Steven Point impressed me not for becoming the first aboriginal Canadian to be appointed [Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia], but because of his decision to wear the traditional Windsor uniform (approved by George III) at the installation ceremony. His recent predecessors made some show at 'modernizing' their appearance, and indeed for a time it looked as though the ostrich-feathered and oak leaf embroidered attire was going to disappear altogether. We can take this as proof that all trends are reversible.

War Revenue Act Passed

90 years ago today, the United States Congress passed the War Revenue Act.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Ron Paul for POTUS

The Honorable Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.I have an article today at Enter Stage Right in support of Ron Paul for the GOP nomination.

Imperial German Crisis

Imperial German Coat of ArmsA year short of a dozen years short of a century ago today, a crisis took place in Imperial Germany.