Friday, July 31, 2009

Quote of the Month

Mr. N. Joseph Potts, author of The Downside of the 'Tea Party', paraphrasing the reverend Mather Byles, writes in a comment to a post by Mr. Stephan Kinsella:

Mather Byles said it all in 1770: Which is better—to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away?

We have met the enemy, and he is us.
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The French

Over at the National Examiner, wrote Mr. Tim Worstall:

It did indeed mark the beginning of the end for a not very oppressive nor particularly inefficient monarchy, one soon to be superseded by the mass slaughter of the Revolution itself. A Revolution which quickly threw up Napoleon and the series of wars that kept Europe fighting from 1799 to 1815, a period in which millions upon millions died.

A funny thing to celebrate and have parades about but then that's the French for you.

Democracy and Hope

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

Naturally a hope that we shall be governed best if such-and-such happens is not a form of government, let alone a good one; it is merely a hope to that end. A hope, so far as I know, cannot be a form of government, except in the apolitical sense that it can govern a man’s deeds to good or ill effect. Hoping may well be a motivating factor in bringing the concept of democracy to realisation, so far as that is possible, but it has nothing to do with the concept itself. Furthermore the word “democracy” does not denote goodness, nor does the fact itself entail it; such is a connotation which a man fancies without reason. That said, I entertain a hope — though I dare say I am not governed by it — that the quiet and seemingly-innocuous emptying of words of their denotative meanings in the heads of many will not go so far as to bring about terrible consequences for all. It may well denote a vain hope.

The Last Knight of the Habsburg Empire

The tomb of Erik von Kuehnelt-LeddihnA century ago today, the now late Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was born.

Over at LRC, I pay tribute to this great man.

Major-General Lafayette

Washington and LafayetteEleven score and a dozen years ago today, the Marquis de la Fayette is made Major-General of the Contintental Army.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Limehouse Speech

Limehouse Town HallA century ago today, David Lloyd George gave his 'Limehouse Speech'.


Elsewhere: The Monarchist

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recent from Nepal

Some stories and views on the situation in the Kingdom of Nepal:



H/T: American Monarchist

Bad Ischl, July 28, 1914

It was a fateful day for the world that was and for civilization.

Five years short of a century ago today. In the Kaiservilla, Austria-Hungary declares war on the Kingdom of Serbia.

The Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl

Monday, July 27, 2009

Harry Patch, RIP

The last surviving veteran of the trenches of the Great War, Harry Patch, passed away this weekend.

He said:

War is a calculated and a condoned slaughter of human beings.




Harry Patch: The Last Fighting TommyThe Guardian obituary notes that he wrote in his The Last Fighting Tommy, which reportedly made him the oldest first-time author:
[P]oliticians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder.
According to Wikipedia on Private Patch in the series World War 1 in Colour:
He recalled Moses descending from Mount Sinai with God's commandment, 'thou shalt not kill', and couldn't kill the German. Instead, he shot him in the shoulder, which made him drop his rifle. But he carried on running towards Patch's Lewis Gun, so he then shot him above the knee, and in the ankle. Patch said, "I had about five seconds to make the decision. I brought him down, but I didn't kill him".
Mr. Patch shook hands late in life with a German veteran.

Rest in peace!


Elsewhere: The Monarchist, Trond Norén Isaksen, Kingdom of Chaos

Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire BellocA year short of seven score years ago today, Hilaire Belloc, author of – amongst other works – The Servile State, was born.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Puerto Rico

El Castillo San Felipe del MorroNine dozen and three years ago today, the forces of those United States of America invaded Puerto Rico.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Treaty of Lausanne

The Gate of Salutation, Topkapi Palace, ConstantinopleFour score and half a dozen years ago today, the Treaty of Lausanne was signed.

Sultan Restores Constitution

Sultan Abdul Hamid IIA century and a year ago today, the Ottoman Sultan restored the Constitution.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Redcoats at Long Island

RedcoatEleven score and a long dozen years ago today, Redcoats landed at Long Island.


Update: Apparently, I got the date wrong here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Loyalist Victory

General 'Mad' Anthony WayneEleven score and nine years ago today, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne loses against Loyalists.

Notice how the History Channel portrays this as a battle between “Americans and Loyalists.”

The July 20 Plot

Bendlerblock MemorialThree score and five years ago today, Count Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

I wrote this five years ago.

In the course of the past year, the motion picture Valkyrie was released. I have watched it, and I would say it is an improvement over the movies that portray high-ranking Nazi officers as noblemen – also known as “vons.” However, it seemed that the noble background of the plotters in this movie was something almost to be hidden. I personally would have liked a movie with more emphasis on the noble background of the heroes.

The great and late Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn referred to Allen Welsh Dulles' Germany's Underground: The Anti-Nazi Resistance for an account of German World War Two resistance.

I have also watched another motion picture of World War Two resistance this calendar year, namely Max Manus. The movie has been under some fierce attack for lack of historical accuracy. One small detail that caught my attention was the stating of the terms Cabinet and King – in that order. Not only is stating the King before his Cabinet formally incorrect, but – as a friend of mine pointed out – they probably would not have done so at the time.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Franco-Prussian War

The Franco-Prussian WarA year short of seven score years ago today, the Second French Empire declared war on the Kingdom of Prussia, starting the Franco-Prussian War.

The Crisis, Iceland, and the EU

IcelandIceland has decided to apply for membership in the EU. There is a crisis caused by easy money. Of course, Iceland could have decided to go for gold.

Instead she decides that the “solution” is to join the European Union and the money printers in Frankfurt am Main.

Are we supposed to be impressed?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Oscar II Crowned

Trondhjems domkirkeA century and three dozen years ago today, King Oscar II was crowned King of Norway in Trondhjem Cathedral.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth

Grand Duchess Elizabeth91 years ago today, Grand Duchess Elizabeth, along with several other members of the House of Romanov, fatally fell prey to the Russian Revolution.


Elsewhere: Russian Monarchist's Blog

Poll Results: Which of these Concepts Was the Worst Concept for Civilization?

universal suffrageThe results for the poll, asking which of the stated concepts was the worst for civilization, ending at midnight between June and July, are as follows:

Total votes: 77.

  • universal suffrage: 25 (32 %)
  • democracy: 18 (23 %)
  • unchecked democracy: 14 (18 %)
  • popular sovereignty: 7 (9 %)
  • parliamentary sovereignty: 7 (9 %)
  • elections: 3 (3 %)
  • referenda: 2 (2 %)
  • political freedom: 1 (1 %)
A new poll will be up soon.

This Week's Revolutionary Anniversaries

Amongst those who have remembered yesterday's tragic anniversary are:


Le Fleur de Lys too remembers the Vendée.

Over at MercatorNet, Bill Muehlenberg reflects on the Revolution in France (H/T: The Western Confucation).

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn at Brenner Archives

Universitas Leopoldino-FrancisceaErik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn has finally gotten his online entry (in German) at the Brenner Archives of the University of Innsbruck, after years of the entry being in preparation.

Note the childish ways of the “Republic of Austria” in putting “Ritter von” in a paranthesis note.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hilaire Belloc

Joseph Hilaire Pierre René BellocFour years short of five dozen years ago today, Hilaire Belloc passed on from this world.

The Austria Imperial Festival – What Happened?

Mittleres gemeinsames Wappen von Österreich und UngarnThis weblog reported last year that the Austria Imperial Festival seems to be gone.

The website still exists, but not with the austria-imperial.at domain. The website still – apparently – has not been updated since 2006. The website still tells us we can buy the CD. However, an inquiry from your truly to their e-mail contact address bounced after several days. I do not know whether there is any real or formal organization left for this festival. An e-mail inquiry from yours truly to the European Philharmonic Orchestra remains to be answered.

If you want to get the CD, I would recommend getting it either from the orchestra CD shop or from Amazon.

As for what happened to the festival, the book Royal Tourism: Excursions around Monarchy can give us an idea. The book has several pages devoted to the Austria Imperial Festival, starting on page 118, with the chapter on Austria starting on page 107. Reading these pages, we are told that a conflict broke out in the autumn of 2004, and that “republican concerns” were involved.

This development is quite sad.

However, there are other celebrations. There is the annual festival in Bad Ischl around the birthday of the late Emperor-King Franz Josef. Also, there is the annual festival in Cormons, which this year is announced to be August 22 through 23. Be not surprised if there are other commemorations this summer as well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Colonel-General Marquis de la Fayette

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de la FayetteEleven score years ago today, the Marquis de la Fayette was selected Colonel-General of the National Guard of Paris.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Sedition Act

The Alien and Sedition ActsTwo centuries and eleven years ago today, the Sedition Act was enacted.

Monarchy and the Good

On this day, this blogger recalls Bishop Williamson's statement about being uncomfortable around monarchists.

Royal World had a response, in which Mr. Theodore Harvey, amongst other things, said:

It seems to me that in declaring that kings are “insufficient,” the bishop is jousting with straw men; I am not aware of any monarchist claiming that the restoration of kings per se would instantly solve all our problems.
We also recall what the late Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn said in Monarchy and War:
[I]t would be most erroneous to believe that a return to monarchy, even a Christian monarchy, would solve all of our problems. Recall the praise the great monarchist Charles Maurras bestowed on this form of government: “Le moindre mal. La possibilité du bien. (The least evil. The possibility of something good.)”

Vive le Roi de la France!

Eleven score years ago today...

Prise de la Bastille

The Royal Standard of France



The Daily Telegraph reported earlier this year that the “Declaration to all the French” – not to be confused with the last will and testament – had been found (H/T: Royal World).

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy

France: The Civil Constitution of the ClergyA year short of eleven score years ago today, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy was passed.

The American Revolution Revisited

Amongst the recent posts at the LRC Blog are:

The Progressive runs Dr. Howard Zinn's Untold Truths About the American Revolution.

See also Hurrah for King George! by the late Dr. John Attarian.

Some time ago, I was recommended a number of books by a couple of monarchist correspondents (unfortunately, some of them are out of print):

More on Honduras

The Flag of HondurasOver at AntiWar.com, Philip Giraldi explains what's happened in Honduras.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jacques Necker Dismissed

Jacques NeckerEleven score years ago today, Jacques Necker was dismissed as Director-General of Finance of the Kingdom of France.

Gold...

GoldPeter Schiff, who is seriously considering running for the United States Senate, recommends gold stocks.

Dr. Gary North says no central bank will launch a sound currency to replace the U.S. dollar.

And over at The Times, Jamie Whyte wants to strip the Bank of England of its power.

Nepal

The King may be seeking a return. So The National reports.

Some views on the situation in the Kingdom of Nepal:

Burr-Hamilton Duel

The Burr-Hamilton duelTen score and five years ago today, American monarchist and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded in a duel (text, video).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Edmund Burke

Edmund BurkeTwo centuries and a dozen years ago today, Edmund Burke passed on from this world.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Spoof: Obama Apologizes to Loyalists

King's ColorsYet another story at The Spoof.

Please also feel free to see my other news stories and my profile at The Spoof.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, King Gyandendra!

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of NepalHis Majesty King Gyandendra of Nepal is 62 years old today.

Happy Birthday!

Long live His Majesty King Gyanendra of Nepal!

Strutt Passing Day

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSO3 score and a year ago today, Edward Lisle Strutt, the icon of this weblog, passed on from this world.

May he continue to rest in peace!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Identity-Chip Implants

The Seal of the Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaThe House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed a ban against forced identity-chip implants. So the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


H/T: David Kramer of the LRC Blog

The Bayonet Constitution

King of Kalākaua I of Hawai'iSix score and two years ago today, the Bayonet Constitution was signed.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Olive Branch Petition Adopted

The Olive Branch PetitionSix years short of a score dozen years ago today, the Continental Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition.

King George III

His Britannic Majesty King George IIIThe Mad Monarchist profiles King George III.

The Near-Miracle of American Independence?

John Ferling: Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of IndependenceOver at Alvah's Books, Randall Radic previously this year reviewed Dr. John Ferling's Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence.

Amongst the older reviews is Masterful Analysis of the American Revolution by Col. Cole C. Kingseed.


Previously: American Independence – a "Miracle?"

Kingston, Ontario

Kingston, OntarioOver at the Boston Globe, Mr. Edward McClelland reported from the Loyalist settlement of Kingston, Ontario in Her Britannic Majesty's Kingdom of Candada earlier this year.


Also: The Monarchist: Who Were the Loyalists?

Hawai'ian Independence

The event `Restoration of the Nation: Looking to the Future´ is taking place this weekend at the Iolani Palace Grounds in Honolulu (at times windy):

American Independence

Some reflections on American Independence:

Honduras

The Coat of Arms of HondurasOver at Taki's Magazine, Patrick J. Buchanan gives his thoughts on the recent happenings in Honduras.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4

The Marquis de LafayetteEleven score and a baker's dozen years ago today, the United States Declaration of Independence was issued.

Four score and a dozen years ago today, Wilson's troops marched through Paris and paid tribute to the tomb of the Marquis de Lafayette. He must have rotated in his grave over troops to “make the world safe for democracy” paying a tribute to him.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Gettysburg Ends

The Battle of GettysburgSeven score and half a dozen years ago today (here and here), the Confederacy must see a miserable failure indeed in the war that created the behemoth that was to run around the world making it safe for democracy.