The essence of elected government is that it gives power to those who are able to persuade the populace to give it to them. In an elected government, the chief prerequisites for power inevitably become such things as charm and a willingness to pander.previous
It is only to be expected that such people manage to quite thoroughly persuade that same populace that elected government is in their own best interests, against all the evidence.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The US is the land of revolutionary democracy. It exports revolutionary democracy to Mexico and parts south - replacing the stable Spanish government that had kept the peace for so long. After its own little internal conflict over the Rights of Man, it terminates the French attempt to restore European government in Mexico. Result: chaos, murder, destruction. No country except the US achieves a democracy that is stable by American standards.Writes Mr. Theodore Harvey at his weblog Royal World:
[A]s a reactionary monarchist who actually believes in real czars, I am sick of the modern world’s abuse of this ancient and noble title and don’t appreciate the irreverent reference to Yekaterinburg, perhaps the single definitive horror of the 20th century, which set the stage for all the others. America certainly does not need “czars” like Van Jones, but Russia does need a czar…or, to be specific, a czarina, since the current rightful claimant to the Imperial Throne is a woman, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.Writes Mr. Daniel McAdams at the LRC Blog:
The Wilsonian anti-Habsburg hysteria, a suicidal strike on Western civilization itself, has produced nothing but totalitarianisms of the international socialist and national socialist variety as well as our own tyranny of majoritarianism and the cult of democratism. Millions dead and oceans of blood testify to the utter failure of the replacement to live up to its advertised promise of ending all wars and making the world safe.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Members of the House of Habsburg are challenging the ban on their running for the presidential office of the “Republic of Austria.” So the Daily Telegraph reports.
Habsburg for President? I say Habsburg for Emperor!
H/T: Daniel McAdams of the LRC Blog
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Eleven score and two years ago today, the federal Constitution of those United States was signed, and the Constitutional Convention dissolved, at Independence Hall in Phildelphia in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
NTV reports on the riots in Kampala in connection with the controversy of the King of Buganda:
In a BBC interview, the President of Uganda accuses the King of Buganda of trying to meddle in politics. Also, trials are reportedly under way.
The Daily Nation reported that the President of Uganda was to speak to the Parliament of Uganda today.
Elsewhere: Royal World, The Mad Monarchist
The world is at war. The Hitlerite regime rules in Germany, Austria, and elsewhere. An Austrian nobleman is writing a memo in New York. He is writing to the head of a great dynasty. It is the twentieth day of April. The year is 1942.
Today, the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama publishes for the first time ever the memo of Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises to HIRH the Archduke Otto:
The best conceived and most desirable solution to the Austrian question is a monarchy with the legacy of the Habsburger tradition.
Today is the International Day of Democracy. Adopted in late 2007, it is the second time this international day is celebrated.
In this Kingdom, the International Day of Democracy almost falls on the same day as Election Day, which is the second Monday of September.
There is a multi-culti flyer from the government, as there was for the local election two years ago, published by the Royal Municipal and Regional Department. The flyer this year comes in the “two offical Norwegian variants,” three Sami variants, Arabic, English, Serbo-Croatian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Can someone please explain to me how people who need their voting rights and voting procedure explained to them in the language of their choice are supposed to understand what they are voting on?
Also, this year, there was a drive to get extra many people to vote in the Church elections, which were set for the same day as the parliamentary election. Can someone please explain to these people that the Church is not meant to be a democracy?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
A dozen decades and nine years ago today, H.L. Mencken, known for not having a very high opinion of democracy, was born.
A quote of choice:
Democracy is the theory that intelligence is dangerous. It assumes that no idea can be safe until those who can't understand it have approved it.Below you will find an audio recording of a Mencken interview:
Highlights from the 2008 HL Mencken Club meeting:
The 2009 meeting is scheduled for Halloween weekend.
Some more quotes:
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
A dozen years short of a century ago today, the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was signed at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
The great and late Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn remarked that having the Treaty of Versailles signed on the 5th anniversary of the Sarajevo assassination was distasteful. One might say that it also was distasteful to have the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye signed on the 21st anniversary of the assassination of the consort of Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
A quarter of a millennium and two years ago today, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de la Fayette was born.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Seven score and six years ago today, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, Charles Francis Adams, Sr., threatened the United Kingdom if she were to help those Confederate States of America.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
70 years ago today, His Britannic Majesty declared war on Hitler's Germany.
There is little doubt if any that the Great War and its aftermath were more or less the direct cause of the situation the world was in at the time.
The Great War put an end to the Old European Order, but we can also say that World War II cemented the new order and the end of the old world.
There is of course no doubt that the end of Hitler and his regime was a good thing contrary to what can be said about the end of the regime the Great War gave us. However, not all is that rosy. One of the many things that arose out of the ashes of World War Two was that a large part of the former Habsburg Empire was left under the Stalinist boot.
Over at Taki's Magazine, Mr. Patrick J. Buchanan offers his perspective.
Over at the Beacon Blog, Dr. Robert Higgs does so too.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Professor Dr. Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe is 60 years old today. Happy birthday!
A collection of essays has been published in honor of the occasion. It contains a section on democracy with four essays.
We cite here from the works of Hoppe:
From the vantage point of elementary economic theory and in light of historical evidence, then, a revisionist view of modern history results. The Whig theory of history, according to which mankind marches continually forward toward ever higher levels of progress, is incorrect. From the viewpoint of those who prefer less exploitation over more and who value farsightedness and individual responsibility above shortsightedness and irresponsibility, the historic transition from monarchy to democracy represents not progress but civilizational decline.And:
[D]emocracy is worse than monarchy at keeping the size and reach of the state in check.
My political beliefs lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to 'unconstitutional' Monarchy ... Give me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you care to call him) if he does not like the cut of his trousers.Mr. Theodore Harvey has a collection of links and yours truly did a piece a few years ago; The Return of the King.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
A dozen decades ago today, Christian August Selmer, Norwegian Prime Minister of King Oscar II, who fought with His Majesty against the usurping Parliament during the “constitutional crisis” of the 1880s, passed away.