Until the Reformation destroyed the Church's power to resist the whims of kings -- who suddenly had the option of pulling their nation out of communion with the pope -- no king would have had the power or authority to rule with anything like the monarchical power of a U.S. president. Of course, no medieval monarch wielded 25-40 percent of his subjects' wealth, or had the power to draft their children for foreign wars. It took the rise of democratic legal theory, as Hans Herman Hoppe has pointed out, to convince people that the State was really just an extension of themselves: a nice way to coax folks into allowing the State ever increasing dominance over their lives.previous
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Over at the LRC Blog, Mr. Stephan Kinsella declares that he is throwing out Thomas Jefferson, a painting print of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and a facsimile of this Declaration from his attorney office. He is giving these icons away.
Mr. Kinsella has cross-posted here.
There is the story of His Late Majesty King Olav V and seat belt regulations. The King had heard about the upcoming regulations, and at a Cabinet meeting he asked about the implications of these regulations for individual freedom. When the regulations were on the agenda, the proceeding Cabinet Secretary might have been nervous as to what His Majesty would say. No comments, however, were given.
Some time later though, the King was reported to have waved a piece of paper, containing a police dispensation for His Majesty personally from the requirement to wear a seat belt, at his Cabinet. He was also reported to have said:
I tricked you.The late King was an enthusiastic sports sailor. So is his son and successor, His Majesty King Harald V.
The royal sailing boats are named “Fram.”
On the first weekend of May last, Dagbladet quoted Verdens Gang, and His Majesty is reported to have said:
I will not wear a life jacket. I have never worn a life jacket in “Fram,” and I will not today either.As additional information Dagbladet adds:
King Harald visiting his old boat, where he is teach 15 young sailors in the project Nor Steam. After the statement the King got, [according to] VG [Verdens Gang], a jacket [discreetly] stuck in his hand, which he after polite preasure pulled over his head before the boat left shore.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Mr. David Kramer of the LRC Blog tips us of a couple of inflation calculators.
The U.S. Government calculator says USD 1 in 1913 is equivalent to USD 21.75 in 2008.
The alternative calculator going all the way back to the year 1800, whereas the former calculator only goes back to 1913 says USD 1 in 1913 is equivalent to USD 21.52 in 2008. This calculator also says USD 1 in 1913 is equivalent to USD 1.55 in 1818.
There is quite a contrast between the 95 years since 1913, the year of the creation of the Federal Reserve, and the preceding 95 years. Indeed the ratio is different, but the direction (price inflation vs. price deflation) is also different.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Over at Taki's Magazine, fellow monarchist Mr. Charles A. Coulombe has some thoughts on conservatism. So does Dr. Paul E. Gottfried.
Mr. Theodore Harvey of Royal World has some comments.
Over at the University Bookman, Dr. Paul E. Gottfried also has some more specific thoughts on the late Dr. Russell Kirk (H/T: The Western Confucian).
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Historian Trond Norén Isaksen reports on the sad event of the last semi-bicameral sitting of the Norwegian Parliament Friday last.
This weblog was launched on the day the constitutional amendment was promulgated Friday March 30, 2007.
Previous post: Parliamentarism in Writing
H/T: Radical Royalist (for drawing my attention to this historian's weblog)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Five score and four years ago today, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Norway committed a constitutional coup against King Oscar II, effectively asserting parliamentary power as ultimate.
In Norwegian calendars, this day is erroneously listed as the day of dissolution of the Swedish-Norwegian union.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Prince Luíz of Brazil is 71 today. Happy birthday to His Imperial Highness.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Prince in February of last year in São Paulo.
Now we are in not so pleasant circumstances, with the recent loss of a member of the Imperial House aboard the crashed flight bound for Paris.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Over at the Wall Street Journal, Antonio Regalado and John Lyons pay tribute to His Late Imperial Highness Dom Pedro Luíz, Prince of Brazil.
May he rest in peace.
H/T: Radical Royalist (for the obituary)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Dom Pedro Luíz de Orléans-Bragança e Ligne was on board the Air France flight reported missing over the Atlantic Ocean.
My condolences to the Imperial Family, Brazil, and other families involved in this tragedy.
Royal World has more.