Thursday, December 31, 2009

WRU Unplugger of the Year

The WRU Unplugger of the Year need not be a monarchist, nor regret the fall of the Old European Order. The WRU Unplugger of the Year is simply the one who is considered to have done most in bringing about the unplugging of the Wilson Revolution.

The awardee has done an excellent job at bringing about opposition to the American Empire and its philosophical basis, in particular through launching and hosting Freedom Watch at Fox News.

The 2009 WRU Unplugger of the Year is:

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano


Judge Andrew P. Napolitano


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Quote of the Month

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

I regret to note that the prime minister does not have in mind the overthrow of public-bureaucratic government and the restoration of the ancien régime.
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The Battle of Quebec

234 years ago today, a rebel attempt to capture Quebec City failed.



Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Budapest Coronation

93 years ago today, the latest Hungarian coronation took place.

Royal Family of Hungary at Coronation December 30, 1916





Earlier this month, the Cause of Beatification of Empress-Queen Zita was opened, as reported by Andrew Cusack, New Liturgical Movement, and Royal World.

Rasputin

Rasputin93 years ago, Rasputin was murdered.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Spanish Demos

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Spain31 years ago today, King Juan Carlos I of Spain gave his assent to the democratic constitution, after a referendum 3 weeks earlier.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy

The Civil Constitution of the ClergyA year short of eleven score years ago today, Louis XVI gave Royal Assent to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.

English Bill of Rights

English Bill of RightsEleven score years ago today (December 16 in the Julian Calendar), the English Bill of Rights came into being.

Nationalizing Railroads

Grand Central Station, 1912Four score and a dozen years ago today, the bête noire of this blog announced nationalization of U.S. railroads.

Spreading freedom, right?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wishing all readers a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy from Vienna:





Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce took place 95 years ago.







Empress and Queen Elisabeth

Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary172 years ago today, Elisabeth of Bavaria was born.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Battle of Savenay

Virée de GalerneEighteen dozen years ago today, the Battle of Savenay took place.

The Fed 96

Fiat moneyEight dozen years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.

It was a significant factor in the financing of the crusade to make to world “safe” for democracy, and it has indeed given us problems since.

Rebel Commander Steps Down

Washington Family Coat of ArmsEleven score and six years ago today, General George Washington stepped down as commander.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fall of Toulon

The Royal Navy bombards Toulon216 years ago today, Toulon fell to the republicans.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Boston "Tea Party"

Nathaniel Currier: The Destruction of Tea at Boston HarborTwo centuries and three dozen years ago today, rebels dumped someone else's property into the sea in Boston Harbor.

Please feel free to read N. Joseph Potts: The Downside of the 'Tea Party'.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Malta

The Knights' castle at Rhodes35 years ago today, the Maltese islands – home of the Knights of Malta – became a republic.

Wilson in Europe

Michael Shade: Château de VersaillesSeven baker's dozen years ago today, the bête noire of this weblog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Read here and here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Jamhuri

Kenya Blue Ensign46 years ago today, Kenya became independent, and Queen Elizabeth II assumed the title of Queen of Kenya. 45 years ago today, Her Majesty stepped down as Queen of Kenya, the country becoming a republic.

Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution

Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania222 years ago today, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ratified the United States Constitution.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rhodesia Ended

Three decades ago today, Rhodesia reverted to rule from London – for transition to majority, universal suffrage rule.

Louis XVI Indicted

Augustin Challamel: The Examination of 'Louis the Last'217 years ago today, Louis XVI of France was indicted.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights61 years ago today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.

This declaration is a part of the modernist narrative, a narrative that tells us that people had no rights before, in a world of absolute governments, whereas now – with the United Nations having decreed rights – these governments are no longer absolute. This narrative is dubious at best.

There are indeed areas where these decreed rights are a good thing. However, there are areas where vagueness is the most distinct attribute. Moreover, the declaration protects the right to sleep on the couch for someone else's money.

The Nobel Peace Prize

Gösta Florman: Alfred NobelA century and a baker's dozen years ago today, Alfred Nobel passed away. Ever since the 5th anniversary the Nobel Prizes have been awarded, the Memorial Prize not being one of them, but awarded on the same day of the year from a later date.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is none other than the sitting American President. He was inaugurated on January 20 of this year. On February 1 the nomination deadline expired. Inauguration day being day 1, February 1 is day 13. Now, for members of the committee slightly different rules apply than for others qualified to nominate. Committee members may present their nominations at the first committee meeting after the deadline has expired.

He was elected on hope, and he was awarded the peace prize on hope. At least there is some consistency in this crazy world.

This blogger does not belong to those who believe the committee has stooped to an unprecedented low level. There are indeed worse warmongers than Obama. The escalation of the current war in Afghanistan is nothing in comparison.

89 years ago, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog was awarded the 1919 prize. In those days, the committee was apparently in no hurry, as the prize was awarded in 1920 – not 1919. The 1919 awarding is, in spite of this, arguably the worst awarding in the history of the prize.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Referendum in the Kingdom of Greece


35 years ago today, a Greek referendum decided to end the monarchy.


Elsewhere: Radical Royalist

Last Swedish-Norwegian King

King Oscar II bust at Marstrand102 years ago today, Oscar II, King of Sweden and formerly King of Norway, passed on from this world.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Those United States vs. the Habsburg Empire

Uncle Sam in the Great WarFour score and a dozen years ago today, the 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 United States Representative.

Indeed a day that will live in infamy!

David Lloyd George, PM

David Lloyd GeorgeSeven years short of a century ago today, David Lloyd George, deliverer of an address to the American Club in London and the Limehouse Speech, became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Previously: Lloyd George – Friend of Liberty, The Limehouse Speech?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Aurel Kolnai

Aurel Thomas Kolnai109 years ago today, Aurel Thomas Kolnai was born in the number 2 city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dr. Francis Dunlop wrote a biography on Kolnai back in 2002. It was titled The Life and Thought of Aurel Kolnai. Prof. Graham McAleer reviewed the biography in Modern Age in the summer 2003 issue – A Neglected Political Thinker (PDF).

Graham McAleer writes:

Aurel Thomas Kolnai (1900-1973) passes with flying colors. Indeed, here is a twentieth-century thinker who understands America as a nation suffering still from the original sin of rebellion against King George III!
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Readers who are introduced to Kolnai's profound reservations about democracy immediately want to know what his alternative might be, and the “Carta-Memoria” is quite an alternative. He proposes a mixed regime that includes the Crown, a “National Institute” dependent on the Crown and charged with the task of elevating public taste, and an “active citizenry,” about one sixth of the population, elected for life, who vote for candidates to parliament.
And:
The few scholars who work on Kolnai are divided in their judgments of how sympathetic he was to democracy and to liberalism. As the pages of this biography progress, it becomes clear that Kolnai's conservatism increasingly hardened and became a very subtle “Throne and Altar” position, far removed from either democracy or liberalism. That “Throne and Altar” conservatism could be arrived at by an original and inquiring philosophical mind in the middle of the twentieth century raises serious questions for those who confidently assert that only some version of liberal democracy is “historically available” to us.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Set Sail to Redraw the World

USS George WashingtonSeven baker's dozen years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to redraw the map of Europe and make the world safe...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Napoléon Bonaparte

Jacques-Louis David: General BonaparteTen score and five years ago today, General Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

Bolshevik Armistice

peace, bread, landFour score and a dozen years ago today, the Bolsheviks reached an armistice with the Central Powers.

Franz Josef Accession

Eight score and one year ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria commenced.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Empire of Dom Pedro

A long dozen years short of two centuries ago today, Emperor Pedro I of Brazil was crowned. Three years and a day later, future Emperor Pedro II was born.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Gerald Warner:

[I]t should be remembered there is still an untapped resource available for the regeneration of Europe in a reconstituted Habsburg Empire. Hoch Habsburg!
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Imperial Germany and Red October

Richard von KühlmannFour score and a dozen years ago today, the German Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard von Kühlmann applauded Lenin's rise to power.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis111 years ago today, C.S. Lewis was born.

We recall some of what C.S. Lewis told us:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
And:
There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig128 years ago today, Stefan Zweig, author of Die Welt von Gestern, was born.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland

The Coat of Arms of 'Congress Poland'Six years short of two centuries ago today, the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland was adopted.

Royal Constitutional Oath

King Haakon VII giving constitutional oathFive score and four years ago today, King Haakon VII gave his constitutional oath.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Queen Maud

Coat of arms of Maud of WalesSeven score years ago today, Maud of Wales, future Queen Consort of Norway, was born.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Johan Scharffenberg

Seven score 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.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley46 years ago today, Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, passed away.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Austro-Hungarian Succession

Seven years short of a century ago today, Emperor-King Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary passed away.

Archduke Karl ascended the thrones of the Dual Monarchy.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Jersey and the Bill of Rights

The Great Seal of the State of New JerseyEleven score years ago today, the State of New Jersey ratified the United States Bill of Rights.

Ian Douglas Smith

We mark today's second anniversary of the passing of Ian Douglas Smith.

Archduke Otto 97

The Archduke Otto is today 97 years old.

Happy Birthday to His Imperial and Royal Highness!

SKuKH Erzherzhog Otto

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gettysburg Rhetorics

Mark Twain146 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

On this day we recall the words of Samuel Langhorne Clemens:

Wherefore being all of one mind, we do highly resolve that government of the grafted by the grafter for the grafter shall not perish from the earth.
Remember also some words of Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:
While it is perhaps true that “one cannot fool all the people all the time,” it seems that one can fool millions for centuries.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Constantinople Departed

Sultan Mehmed VI departs.A long dozen years short of a decade ago today, Sultan Mehmed VI departed Constantinople.