Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Kingdom of Nepal

Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Nepal
Wilson Revolution Unplugged does NOT recognize the Republic of Nepal.

Monday, May 26, 2008

King Gyanendra out of Kathmandu

Narayanhity DurbarHis Majesty King Gyanendra of Nepal has left his Kathmandu palace for a palace out of town. So Sify News reports. See also the Sunday Telegraph's report.

H/T: Theodore Harvey

Friday, May 23, 2008

Wonderful Slogans

FDR: New DealDr. Robert Higgs describes the wonderful democracy where the masses – or electorate if you will – go after the best slogan. At LRC.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Guessing Game

Crystal BallNepali Netbook reflects on the immediate future of the Kingdom of Nepal.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Constitution Day

The Royal Norwegian Guard (Hans Majestet Kongens Garde)Tomorrow is Constitution Day in Norway. 6 years short of 2 centuries ago, the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway was signed and Prince Christian Frederik proclaimed King.

It is Constitution Day, but the day sure has been hijacked by democracy.

I will be celebrating – albeit quite silently – the constitutional system established in 1814.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

King Leaving?

Great future for Nepal?The Nepalese Maoists seem very anxious to have His Majesty vacate the Palace.

Read here, here, and here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hawai'ian Flowers

Island of Hawai'iOver at The Nation, Elinor Langer chronicles the history of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

H/T: Theodore Harvey

Poll Results: Worst Constitutional Event for the United Kingdom

Henry VIIIThe results for the poll, asking which [of the alternatives] was the worst constitutional event for what is now the United Kingdom, ending at midnight between April and May are as follows:

Total votes: 51.

  • Royal takeover of the Church: 19 (37 %)
  • The constitutional reforms of Tony Blair: 11 (21 %)
  • The "Glorious Revolution": 7 (13 %)
  • Parliament Act 1911: 4 (7 %)
  • Queen Anne's Retreat of Veto: 4 (7 %)
  • Universal suffrage: 3 (5 %)
  • The lasting effects of the deposition of Charles I: 2 (3 %)
  • The Reform Act 1832: 1 (1 %)
  • Introduction of Parliamentary Government: 0 (0 %)
  • Parliament Act 1949: 0 (0 %)
  • The Reform Act 1867: 0 (0 %)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Land of...

I have just returned from a trip to the Land of the Unfree and Home of the Afraid. I also got a taste of the Department of Homeland Insecurity.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

17th Amendment

Popularly elected U.S. SenateOn this day four score, a dozen, and four years ago, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution of these United States was passed by the United States House of Representatives.

95 years ago last April 8, the amendment was ratified.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Aloha!

Iolani PalaceMonarchists have occupied Iolani Palace in Honolulu. So CNN reports (H/T: American Monarchist).

See also the LRC Blog here and here.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Quote of the Month (April)

Writes “Deogolwulf” at his eloquent weblog The Joy of Curmudgeonry:

It is not to be doubted that liberty of thought and deed was one of the demands of the Enlightenment, but, before we get carried away with words, let us recall Lord Acton’s saying: “At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare.” And let us recall that equality was a demand of the Enlightenment too — and who can calculate the cost to liberty and plurality that the ideal of equality has incurred?
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John Adams

“American Monarchist” quotes John Adams:

An excellent writer has said, somewhat incautiously, that "a people will never oppress themselves, or invade their own rights." This compliment, if applied to human nature, or to mankind, or to any nation or people in being or in memory, is more than has been merited. If it should be admitted that a people will not unanimously agree to oppress themselves, it is as much as is ever, and more than is always, true. All kinds of experience show, that great numbers of individuals do oppress great numbers of other individuals; that parties often, if not always, oppress other parties; and majorities almost universally minorities.

Sick of Democracy

Writes “American Monarchist”:

I am sick of every move I make being governed by a constantly expanding alphabet soup of unelected agencies - the FDA, DOE, EPA, IRS, HUD, HEW, and hundreds more. Citizens never have a chance to vote for the people who run these agencies and consequently wield enormous power over their lives. Nor has there ever been a referendum where citizens were given the opportunity to vote on whether or not they consented to surrender their freedoms and rights to these agencies.

"Republic" of Nepal Coming Up

King Tribhuvan of NepalHis Majesty King Gyanendra is being urged or he will be treated as a “common criminal.” Nepal News reports.

Well? Common criminals should know how to treat someone as one.

United We Blog! For a Democratic Nepal reports on cutting off of opposition's water supplies.

See also the latest reflections at the Nepali Netbook.