Monday, August 31, 2009

Quote of the Month

Writes Dr. William L. Anderson to Mr. Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.:

I was listening to the music of Dan Forrest, who is an excellent choral composer, perhaps the best contemporary American church music writer out there today. (He is only 31 and is on the music faculty at Bob Jones University.) One piece, “Look, Ye Saints,” in which Jesus finally is crowned reminds me of the ceremonies of coronation that people deep down really cherish.

I know you have taken heat for your comments regarding royalty and kings, but I believe that the desire for a king really is much deeper in people than they realize. Logan Robinson, when he was in Leningrad, sometimes would bring hard-to-find mustard as a “gift” when he went to a party there. One woman told him that one taste, and she would close her eyes “and imagine that the Czar was in the Winter Palace.”

As you know, music at a presidential inauguration hardly compares to what is performed at a coronation. Ralph Vaughn Williams wrote “O, Taste and See” for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, and it still is sung as a beautiful classic, a very brief but moving work. I think of Henry Purcell writing something that still is sung more than three centuries later upon the death of the queen. No one writes lasting works on the death of a president, and especially an ex-president.
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The Experiment Over?

Writes Mr. Patrick Joseph Buchanan at Taki's Magazine:

When a democracy reaches a point where the politicians cannot say no to the people, and both parties are competing for votes by promising even more spending or even lower taxes, or both, the experiment is about over.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"The Government Can"

Mr. Tim Hawkins:




H/T: Mr. David Kramer of the LRC Blog


Update:

Religion and Liberty

David and GoliathThe Ludwig von Mises Institute has republished an essay by the Rev. Edmund A. Opitz on the religious roots of liberty.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

George Wyndham

Their Lordships vote on the Parliament BillSeven score and six years ago today, George Wyndham – the “die-hard” Commons opposition leader to Parliament Act 1911 – was born.

Women’s Defence Relief Corps

The Great WarNine and a half decades ago today, the Women’s Defence Relief Corps is formed.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheA baker's dozen score years ago today, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. A quote of choice:

Ich habe gar nichts gegen die Menge;
Doch kommt sie einmal ins Gedränge,
So ruft sie, um den Teufel zu bannen,
Gewiß die Schelme, die Tyrannen.
which translates roughly into:
I have nothing at all againt the masses;
but if they come in a tight spot,
then they call, to avoid the devil,
those scoundrels, the tyrants.
And another one:
I do not fear that Germany will not be united; our excellent streets and future railroads will do their own. Germany is united in her patriotism and opposition to external enemies. She is united, because the German Taler and Groschen have the same value throughout the entire Empire, and because my suitcase can pass through all thirty-six states without being opened. It is united, because the municipal travel documents of a resident of Weimar are accepted everywhere on a par with the passports of the citizens of her mighty foreign neighbors. With regard to the German states, there is no longer any talk of domestic and foreign lands. Further, Germany is united in the areas of weights and measures, trade and migration, and a hundred similar things which I neither can nor wish to mention.

One is mistaken, however, if one thinks that Germany's unity should be expressed in the form of one large capital city, and that this great city might benefit the masses in the same way that it might benefit the development of a few outstanding individuals.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nepal and Hawai'i

American Monarchist posts on Nepal and Hawai'i.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Austro-Prussian War Ends

Prague CastleSeven score and three years ago today, the Treaty of Prague was signed.

French Revolutionary Conscription

The Jacobin ClubFour years short of eleven score years ago today, the levée en masse is established.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Blue and White at Lisbon Town Hall

Portuguese Blue and White flown from Lisbon Town HallPortuguese monarchists last week replaced the city flag with the Portuguese Blue and White. So The Portugal News reports.





Portuguese Blue and White flown from Lisbon Town Hall




Elsewhere: Radical Royalist

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hans-Adam II Angers Jews

Seiner Durchlaucht Fürst Hans-Adam II von und zu LiechtensteinHSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein has angered the Central Council of Jews in Germany for invoking World War II persecution of Jews in the present war on tax havens and bank secrecy. So Reuters reports.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wilson Argues for Treaty

The Treaty of VersaillesNinety years ago today, the bête noire of this weblog appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to argue for the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Anniversaries

The Mad Monarchist remembers the Battle of Medina and pays tribute to Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary.

Parliament Act 1911

Crowned PortcullisHalf a dozen years short of eight long dozen years ago today, His Britannic Majesty George V gave Royal Assent to Parliament Act 1911.

Franz Josef

A year short of nine score years ago today, Archduke Franz Josef was born.



Archduke Franz Josef with his mother

Monday, August 17, 2009

Grimmelshausen

GrimmelshausenThree centuries, three decades, and three years ago today, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen passed on from this world. A quote of choice:

Es ist kein Schwerdt, das schärffer schiert,
Als wenn ein Baur zum Herren wird.
which translates into:
There is no sword that cuts sharper
than if a peasant becomes master.

Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary

Blessed Charles of Austria-HungarySix score and two years ago today, Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary was born.

An essay on the Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary by Dr. Peter Chojnowski is brought to you.

Andrew Cusack also has a great post.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Revolutionary Tribunal

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de RobespierreThree years short of eleven score years ago today, Robespierre proposes a revolutionary tribunal.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hoch leb' der Fürst vom Land

The National Day of the Principality of Liechtenstein.




Elsewhere: The Mad Monarchist

Indian Independence

Red Fort DelhiThree score and two years ago today, the Indian Independence Act came into force.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Louis XVI Arrested

'Trial' of Louis XVI of FranceThree years short of eleven score years ago today, Louis XVI of France was officially arrested.




Video via Et Lux in Tenebris Lucet!

Loyalists Ambushed

Britannia and the LoyalistsEleven score and eight years ago today, Loyalists were ambushed.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Defence of the Realm Act 1914

The Crowned PortcullisA year short of eight dozen years ago today, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Defence of the Realm Act.

The State: Rise and Decline

Martin van CreveldOver at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Dr. David Gordon reviews Dutch-Israeli historian Professor Martin van Creveld's The Rise and Decline of the State.

The book is the story of the transition from personal to impersonal rule. Some years ago, before I had read the book myself, someone told me it was the story of the biggest highway robbery in history. He might have been right. I highly recommend the book.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lee Walter Congdon

I want to bring to your attention an American monarchist – retired Professor Lee Walter Congdon of none other than James Madison University.

He was interviewed in the Montpelier in 2002. Amongst other things, the interview says:

Politically, for instance, Congdon veers right of the American right, meaning, within a European context, he is a monarchist. He sees little difference between the competing ideologies of America’s political parties and he professes an abiding admiration and preference over the common-denominator chaos of American democracy for some of Europe’s royalist governments of the latter 19th century, wherein “liberty — not equality — was the highest political value. For European conservatives,” Congdon says, “order is first and liberty only within a context of order.”
He was born on an anniversary of the Weimar Constitution – and of the Austrian Empire.

Today is Professor Congdon's 70th birthday. Happy Birthday, Professor!

More on the Storming of the Tuileries

Austrian Empire

Austrian Imperial CrownTwo centuries and five years ago today, the Austrian Empire was proclaimed.

Weimar Constitution

The Weimar Constitution90 years ago today, the Weimar Constitution was signed.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Jamestowne Legislature

Historic JamestowneTen years short of four centuries ago today (July 30 in the Julian Calendar), the first elected legislature in America – the Virginia House of Burgesses – convened.

More on the A-Bomb Anniversary



H/T: The Western Confucian

Over at LRC, Tom Engelhardt gives his thoughts on Hiroshima Day.

Nagasaki

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The 5 Stupidest in the Last Century

I have been inquired as to who were the five stupidest public figures in the 20th century according to Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn. They were:

Peter Schiff on American Secession

Peter Schiff said this week on Freedom Watch that those United States probably would have been treated better as a colony of “England” (starts at about 6 minutes and 20 seconds):




H/T: Stephan Kinsella of the LRC Blog

Confoederatio Helvetica

The Swiss Coat of ArmsTwo years short of three dozen score years ago today, the Swiss Confederation was founded.


The date may be uncertain, but the official date is August 1, and adjusted for changed calendar that makes August 8.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lord North

Lord NorthThree years short of eleven score years ago today, Lord North passed on from this world.

War Is Loose

Photographically documenting the war.Seven baker's dozen and four years ago today, the first battle of the Great War commences.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

U.S. Proclaims Neutrality

The British Grand FleetFive years short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog proclaimed neutrality in the Great War.

Those United States were to remain formally neutral to the conflict for thirty months and two days, but it was a “neutrality” that contained diplomatic and supplying bias.

Also on the same day, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war. Sir Edward Grey had talked about the lamps the night before.

Monday, August 3, 2009

King Haakon VII

His Majesty King Haakon VIIA century, three dozen, and a year ago today, Prince Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel of Denmark – later King Haakon VII of Norway – was born.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr SolzhenitsynA year ago today, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn passed on from this world.

Germany vs. France

The Coat of Arms of Imperial GermanySeven long dozen and four years ago today, Imperial Germany and the Third French Republic declare war on each other.