I've always found it interesting that the U.S. declared war on Bl. Charles's government on December 7, 1917, another date that will live in infamy.previous
Monday, March 31, 2008
As you can see, just like a monarchy is similar to a private property owner, democracy is similar to mob rule with a kingpin mobster in charge. They try their best to amass enough power to be able to challenge the other kingpin mobsters (called Democrats or Republicans in the U.S.) all the while enriching themselves and their kinfolk (political and corporate leeches). It is a form of nepotism.
I would repeat my earlier statement in that the west’s infatuation with democracy and ideological majoritarianism has a lot to do with this and other problems. Once the state was elevated above all other institutions in society and once that state apparatus was separated from a natural order of things (class and aristocracy) via marxism and liberalistic democracy, society was set upon a path of destruction.One of the facets of the modernity that grew out of the ashes in 1918 and since has developed or “progressed,” if you will is the concept that government can redefine anything. This is a a consequence of the Wilson Revolution or a longer revolution, of which the Wilson Revolution is a significant part, if you will.
Just before Palm Sunday a bill passed the King in Council in Norway for rubber-stamping to be presented to the Storting to redefine “marriage.”
Please feel free to visit or revisit my satire My Bike Is a Car.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
It is today one year since this blog was launched.
It is also one year since parliamentarism was promulgated as part of the written Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway.
Since the launch of this weblog, the Habsburg colors have been introduced as the the blog's colors, more than 400 entries have been posted, and the blog's icon has been honored with a Wikipedia entry.
As the EU-US Open Skies Agreement comes into effect today (more), let's be reminded that the Old World can be visited cheaply.
This year, we will mark 160 years since the ascension of Franz Josef of Austria to the throne. Birthday celebrations normally take place, as they did last year.
While the website of the Austria Imperial event in Innsbruck now seems to have disappeared completely, which is a pretty bad sign, there are other events, such as Kaiserballs in Vienna.
See also this Time article from 1930.
Now, can anyone name a festival for the celebration of the Destructor-in-Chief?
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Democracy is socialism applied to the highest level: the form of government.
Shaking off Wilsonianism is a worthwhile goal.
From Versailles to the UN to the idealism of George W. Bush: we set out to make the world safe for democracy, and ended up making it unsafe for just about everyone.
What is rarely recognized is how much Wilson had in common with Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, and all the other murderous socialist dictators of the 20th century. Like them, he believed that humankind could be reshaped by the idealistic vision of the privileged few who governed them. Like them, he was loath to allow the reality of human nature to stand in the way of his vision.
[T]he great crash of 1917-18; which brought down the whole edifice of European civilization (specifically, monarchial European civilization) -- to which Wilson contributed his mite -- was the pivotal catastrophe of modern times.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Surya Bahadur Thapa, former Prime Minister of Nepal, is apparently departing from his pro-monarchy stand. So Nepal News reports.
The Nepalese Maoists say they will not accept defeat at the polls. So the Himalayan Times reports.
Indian opposition believes the Kingdom of Nepal needs the monarchy. So the Telegraph Nepal reports.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
89 years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family arrived at the Austro-Swiss border in an Imperial train and departed Austria under the protection of this weblog's icon, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.
Stefan Zweig reported in The World of Yesterday that he met the Imperial train when reentering Austria. Also, Stefan Zweig committed suicide in the Brazilian Imperial City of Petrópolis in 1942.
Stefan Zweig was at the Austro-Swiss border, at Buchs, when the Imperial-Royal Family departed the land. He regretted the loss of the old European culture. He departed this world in the Imperial City of Brazil, the town that above all represents the old order of Brazil.
Update April 19, 2008: Stefan Zweig's story of meeting the escort was from Feldkirch on the other side of the border. Also, Gordon Brook-Sheperd's The Last Habsburg reports that the departure from Austria was on March 24. Brook-Sheperd's Uncrowned Emperor reports Monday, March 26. March 26, 1919 was a Wednesday. While the source of my error is an error in one of my sources, I take full responsibility.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
89 years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family departed the hunting lodge at Eckartsau of internal exile for external exile in the Helvetic Confederation under the protection of this weblog's icon, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.
Says Bart Stewart at his blog Reason and Imagine:
I knew I would find myself in some political wrangles when I started up this blog in January. Never did I imagine being called upon to defend democracy against – monarchy!The post I first commented is here.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
A few curiosities.
This page seems to believe that Liechtenstein is a figurehead monarchy.
And there's this memo in the Council of Europe, which BTW is not the European Council, from half a decade ago in connection with the constitutional amendments in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The memo states towards the end:
It would not only prevent the further development of constitutional practice in Liechtenstein towards a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy as in other European countries, but even constitute a serious step backward.The memo apparently does not only know the meaning of backward, but also that constitutional monarchy is just a synonymous term for let-the-politicos-do-as-they-please monarchy.
The memo also states:
[T]here is no generally accepted standard of democracy[...]Yes? But there is of constitutional monarchy?
Fully-fledged constitutional monarchy? My my, what kind of education do they have at the Council of Europe?
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I can only say there are many people who would love to move to Liechtenstein, but unfortunately we are much too small to take them all.And:
If you look at human history world-wide you see that throughout human history usually monarchies dominated as the form of government and not republics. There have been of course republican periods but they were usually shorter. As an historian one has to ask oneself of course why this is the case. Monarchies can apparently offer some advantages which republics cannot. Probably it has to do with the fact that a monarchy usually offers more political stability over longer periods of time and that the monarch has the tendency to think in generations and not about winning the next elections. I think the combination which we have here in Liechtenstein with a strong monarch, a direct democracy which goes further even than in Switzerland and political decentralization which gives our communities a lot of autonomy could be a model for future monarchies. For a little bit less than a hundred years we have lived now in a republican age, which is not very long if you look at human history, and I think sooner or later monarchies will come back.
Two centuries ago today, the Royal Court of Portugal landed in the Brazilian colonial capital, Rio de Janeiro, after having fled Napoleon. Rio de Janeiro became the capital of Portugal.
Elsewhere: Brazzil Magazine
- Abraham Lincoln: 50 (43 %)
- Woodrow Wilson: 42 (36 %)
- Andrew Jackson: 10 (8 %)
- Ulysses S. Grant: 8 (7 %)
- Theodore Roosevelt: 1 (0 %)
- George Washington: 1 (0 %)
- Thomas Jefferson: 1 (0 %)
- Thomas Jefferson: 1 (0 %)
Sunday, March 2, 2008
[T]ax havens are not compatible with European integration.