It is funny when ministers and parliamentarians make a promise of treating the voting public like grown-ups and responsible adults; it is just the kind of language to use when one wishes to flatter children and adolescents.previous
Sunday, January 31, 2010
- Work on one's free time for the cause: 28 (50%)
- Run for elected office countering democratism: 10 (18%)
- Democratism is just fine: 10 (18%)
- Have a professional organization take care of the business: 7 (12%)
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Three dozen decades and a year ago today (January 20 in the Julian Calendar), what is called the trial of Charles I commmenced.
“I do stand more for the liberty of my people, than any here that come to be my pretended judges.”
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
A quarter of a millennium and six years ago today, Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg passed away.
He was the author of amongst many other works The Political Tinker, which made fun of know-nothing people wanting influence in politics. Can we imagine what he would have thought of universal suffrage?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Friday, January 22, 2010
A century and two dozen years ago today, Baron Roman Nickolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg was born.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
321 years ago today, Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu was born.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Tolkien chose monarchy as the form of government which most satisfied him because, looking to history and knowing how monarchies worked, he saw that monarchs rarely were concerned about the lives of ordinary people and let them therefore live, as they would like, as long as the people themselves did not organize themselves as a threat to the monarch’s power (despite what “democratic” propaganda might suggest). Again, the Shire presents this picture well, because the Shire existed in its anarchical state under the auspices of Gondor; the king in theory had authority to dictate laws, but in practice, rarely had the need to do so because the people of the Shire caused no major disruption when left to themselves. Tolkien thus understood that monarchies, by their very nature, tended to be more anarchical, and this makes sense, because there is, in theory, far less heads and people vying for (and claiming) power in a monarchy than in other forms of government.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
Enjoy from Vienna:
BTW, we are NOT at the turn of the decade in any other sense than a decade being a randomly chosen period of time with the length of ten years, that is.