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.previous
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.
Monday, August 31, 2009
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
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Friday, August 28, 2009
Ich habe gar nichts gegen die Menge;which translates roughly into:
Doch kommt sie einmal ins Gedränge,
So ruft sie, um den Teufel zu bannen,
Gewiß die Schelme, die Tyrannen.
I have nothing at all againt the masses;And another one:
but if they come in a tight spot,
then they call, to avoid the devil,
those scoundrels, the tyrants.
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.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
HSH 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
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Monday, August 17, 2009
Es ist kein Schwerdt, das schärffer schiert,which translates into:
Als wenn ein Baur zum Herren wird.
There is no sword that cuts sharper
than if a peasant becomes master.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Over 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
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!
- Tea at Trianon: The Pillage of the Tuileries
- Versailles and More: The 10th of August 1792: Fall of the French Monarchy
- Kill Them All, God Will Know His Own: The Storming of the Tuileries, 10th August 1792
- Le Fleur de Lys too: August 10, a Day of Infamy
- Le Fleur de Lys too: Faithful unto Death, The Swiss Guards
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
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 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
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Five 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.