Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quote of the Month

Wrote Professor Richard M. Gamble:

In foreign affairs, it is possible that this Wilsonianism gets the prize as the most destabilizing force in the 20th century.
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Kathmandu Museum

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of NepalRoyal World laments the turning of the Royal Palace of Kathmandu into a museum.

Wilsonianism Reviewed

The American ConservativeOver at The American Conservative, Professor Richard M. Gamble reviews The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-first Century and What the World Should Be: Woodrow Wilson and the Crafting of a Faith-Based Foreign Policy.


H/T: The Western Confucian

Friday, February 27, 2009

Mencken and these Times

H.L. Mencken: Notes on DemocracyDoug French reflects on our times and H.L. Mencken's thoughts on democracy and our present time.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ancient Wisdom and Democracy

SocratesEd Kaitz reflects on Socrates, Plato, and democracy.


H/T: American Monarchist

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Regulations Coming

The Berlaymont Building, BrusselsEuropean politicos are laying grounds for more international regulations, including bullying tax havens. So the Associated Press reports.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rubber-Stamping Followup

Crown Prince Olav of NorwayFollowing up the complaining about rubber-stamping, a new “package” was presented at a press conference on Sunday February 8. The proposal was presented at Council of State on February 9.

His Late Majesty King Olav accepted that the politicos had the final say. However, he is said to have been furious if anything was leaked before it passed Council.

Now, there are not only leaks. There's a press conference before the formal acceptance.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hohenzollern and Ottoman

The Weimar ConstitutionDesign of a Violent Century has posts on the Weimar Assembly and the fall of the Ottomans.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Charles I

Charles I of EnglandOne and a half dozen score years ago today (January 30 in the Julian Calendar), His Britannic Majesty Charles I was brutally murdered.

There was reportedly a reenactment a couple of weeks ago.

May His Late Majesty continue to rest in peace!


Elsewhere: The Monarchist, Tea at Trianon, Anglican Wanderings, Sanctae Ecclesiae, Mercurius Politicus

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Strutt 135

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSO135 years ago today, the icon of this weblog was born.

The Thistle, Journal of the Royal Scots, has a short piece on the Lieutenant-Colonel in the November 2008 issue (page 12).

May this partisan of the Old European Order continue to rest in peace!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Treetops Accession

Three years short of three score years ago today, Her Britannic Majesty ascended the throne at Treetops.

The Daily Telegraph ran an article on the Treetops accession in connection with the Golden Jubilee.

Having grown up in the Land of Endless Sunshine, I find a special personal connection to this accession story.


Today's Treetops Lodge:

Treetops Lodge, Aberdares, Kenya

A thin-striped zebra at Treetops:

Thin-striped zebra at Treetops, Kenya

Thin-striped zebra up close at Treetops, Kenya


Photos courtesy of the family archives.

Franco-American Alliance

Collage of American War for Independence231 years ago today, the Treaty of Alliance was signed.

Crisis on an Island

Where the continental plates of America and Europe meetOver at Taki's Magazine, Kevin DeAnna reflects on the situation in the old outpost of the Kingdom of Norway and implications for the future of those United States.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SCOTUS to Be Packed

Seal of the Supreme Court of those United StatesSix dozen years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced his plan to pack the SCOTUS.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn told us in Liberty or Equality:

There is, in a democracy, no Supreme Court which a political party long enough in power, cannot “pack.”

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Diplomatic Relations Broken

Flag of the Empire of Germany92 years ago today, those United States broke diplomatic relations with the Empire of Germany.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The German Revolution

Statue of German revolutionary soldier in BerlinProfessor Hunt Tooley posts on the German Revolution.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Carlos I of Portugal

Sua Majestade Fidelíssima Carlos I de PortugalA century and a year ago today, His Most Faithful Majesty Carlos I of Portugal and the Prince Royal were assassinated in Lisbon.

Reform the Lords

The House of LordsOver at Scotland on Sunday, Gerald Warner supports reform of the House of Lords, restorative reform that is.