This is one source of our current troubles--a utopian experiment that led to the central-state-empowering Constitution, to democracy and to the abolition of monarchies, to the Civil War and greater centralism, to American entry into WWI, to the punitive Treaty of Versailles, and thus to the rise of German nationalism and Hitler and WWII, tens of millions dead and the Holocaust, nuclear bombings of Japan, the Cold War, etc.previous
No thanks. Give me back the modest taxes under King George III, and rule from over the Atlantic.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Over at Theogothic's Blog, is written:
If society is ruled by only one ruler, and assuming that ruler is a tyrant and madman, then it only follows that you will have fewer people oppressing you. On the contrary, with a democracy’s tyranny of the majority, you have many people oppressing you with their “compassion” and bureacracies.
Yes, I know a monarch can employ secret police but so can a democracy. And the secret police of democracies and socialist republics have been far worse than those of monarchies.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
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Amongst the material I have produced lately is:
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- Monarchy tends to give liberty: 40 (51 %)
- Democracy tends to give liberty: 16 (20 %)
- Monarchy is liberty: 12 (15 %)
- Democracy is liberty: 10 (12 %)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Democracy reappeared in a more civilized form in Athens, but when, in a truly political trial, Socrates praised monarchy, he was condemned to death. Remember also that Madariaga said rightly that our civilization rests on the death of two persons: a philosopher and the Son of God, both victims of the popular will.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Seven score and four years ago today, General Robert Edward Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House in the Old Dominion, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the behemoth that was to run around the world “making it safe for democracy” rose as a phoenix from the ashes of the war.
69 years ago today, the Kingdom of Norway was invaded by Hitler's Germany.
Our nation suffered a consequence of democracy, not to speak of democratic imperialism. Our nation suffered a consequence of the attempt at creating a democratic Germany. Our nation suffered a consequence of a system where the government does all sorts of other things than basic protection. His Majesty did exercise his “Bagehot” right to warn against the consequences of disarmament, but the politicos would not listen, and on that morning of April 9, 1940 it was too late.
The Kingdom of Norway could probably under no circumstance have stood up against the entire Hitler war machine. However, as historical evidence suggests, Hitler's Germany would probably not have risked turning Norwegian fjords into the wet grave of the Hitler fleet. Indeed the Germans were surprised at the resistance. They were surprised it took two months before the surrender. They were surprised that the Blücher did not sail unopposed into the Oslo harbor. The Norwegian defense was at such a low level that it had not been taken seriously by the invading party.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Four score and a dozen years ago today (here and here), the bête noire of this weblog signed the declaration passed by the Congress of those United States for a formal state of war with Imperial Germany.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Not only is there an ongoing project of airport body scans, as reported here, here, here, and here, but also computer technology equipment is reportedly to be searched:
The Daily Telegraph also reports on plans to track travel plans for people leaving the United Kingdom.
More depressing news can be found here, here, and here.
Lew Rockwell and Professor Joseph Salerno talked recently on the Lew Rockwell Show about money and privacy, as well as other money related issues.
On a personal note, here in the Kingdom of Norway, the government gambling monopoly stopped permitting anonymous gambling this February, and this prompted a friend and me to send a copy of 1984 to the CEO.
To top it all, The Daily Mail reports on mind-reading technology under way.
Links are mostly via LRC.
Over at LRC, Peter Schiff takes to task the idea that if we pretend the problems are not there, they will go away.
Patrick J. Buchanan wonders whether the Federal Reserve should be killed.
Professor Jörg Guido Hülsmann talks about the present crisis being an insolvency crisis, not a liquidity crisis.
The Western Confucian draws our attention to a barter system based on modern technology:
The Station Network reports that an initiative to have a referendum on the constitutional powers of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg failed, and that the legislators voted unanimously to reduce the Grand Ducal powers last month.
Catholic News Agency reports that the euthanasia bill has been passed.
Over at the Remnant, Brian McCall, seemingly not totally updated on the history and status of European monarchs' powers in real and formal terms, gives his thoughts on the issue.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The summit reportedly went beyond the expectations of the President of the “Republic of France.”
As the Dialy Telegraph reports and reports, there will be a crackdown on tax havens. I am obviously not very intelligent, so would someone please explain to me what in the world bullying tax havens has to do with cleaning up after a fiat money system run amok?
At the Sunday Telegraph, Liam Halligan says price inflation is going to be a major problem. The Sunday Telegraph also reported that Russia wants some sort of gold standard. The Telegraph has more on the summit.
Bill Bonner says the Yankee dollar's days are numbered.
Gary North had something to say before and after the summit.
Anthony Gregory reflects on the humanitarian with the printing press, the POTUS that is.
The Western Confucian has some more.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Four score and a dozen years ago today (here and here), the Persona Non Grata of this weblog gave his infamous speech to Congress, claiming that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”
The world needs to be made safe from mobocracy, kleptocracy, and ochlocracy.