Today it’s a cardinal article of faith that the America colonists were completely justified revolting against King George III and British colonial rule. However, the beauty of comparative history is that it allows us to look at this episode in broader perspective so that the alleged uniqueness of events often fade as larger patterns are identified. In fact, the American Revolution looks a great deal less wholesome – indeed rather unnecessary – upon sober reflection.previous
Sunday, February 28, 2010
It all began with King John, who usurped the both ancient Anglo-Saxon and Catholic liberties, a situation corrected when the tyrant was forced to sign the Magna Carta, whose first article guarantees "that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired."Mr. Gerald Warner of Scotland on Sunday writes (also at The Monarchist):
For generations, British schoolchildren were educated – or brainwashed – into an exaggerated respect for parliament and its associated institutions. Even as the British Empire went into receivership, imitation chambers emerged in former colonies, with Speakers and clerks decked out in the horsehair wigs that replicated the supposed gravitas of the circus on the Thames. Reinforcing this spurious deference was the Whig interpretation of history, which attempted to imbue an infamous gang of self-serving bandits and tyrants with a "democratic" veneer and an invented romance.Concluding:
Now, the challenge is to explore all our existing resources, as is the British way, to replace this failed legislature. We must be the only tribe in the world to have a council of elders that we relegate to ceremonial duties: time to make more use of the Privy Council. An executive monarch, too, curbing the power of a prime minister, was until recently unthinkable; but, considering the record of recent prime ministers, it now seems a positive alternative.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
A century and fifteen years ago today, J.B. Hjort was born. Four decades and a year ago yesterday, he passed away.
J.B. Hjort wrote Justismord (Miscarriage of Justice), where he analyzed amongst others the “trials” against Anne Boleyn, King Charles I of England, Queen Marie Antoinette of France, and Prime Minster Selmer of Norway.
J.B. Hjort also wrote Demokrati og statsmakt (Democracy and State Power), where he addressed although being guilty of abuse of the word democracy the need for checks due to the vices of democracy.
He often wrote in Farmand, and he was an active opponent of a government-“developed” language.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Three years ago today, the Norwegian Parliament unanimously passed a Constitutional Amendment to include parliamentarism in the written Constitution the day before His Majesty's 70th birthday.
Some other interesting material on royal activism:
- The Daily Telegraph: Why We Must Listen to Prince Charles
- Mail Online: Our Glorious Leader: Prince Charles's Sarcasm-Laced Jibe at Tony Blair as He Fought to Avert Invasion of Iraq
- Trond Norén Isaksen: Swedish MP Suggests Changing King's Constitutional Role
Wrote “Lord Beaverbrook” over at The Monarchist at the end of last month:
Her Majesty looks more and more like the King of Sweden[,] who holds no reserve powers at all, who has no theoretical ability to withhold Royal Assent, declare war or dismiss a government. In Sweden, the king is purely ceremonial and purely symbolic. How much longer will it be until Her Majesty becomes a bicycle riding monarch too?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
247 years ago today, a treaty was signed in Paris, ending the Seven Years' War.
The treaty affirmed amongst other things His Britannic Majesty's sovereignty over Québec. One might speculate in whether the King of France would have supported the American rebels were it not for this war.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Princess Regina Helene Elizabeth Margarete of Saxe-Meiningen passed on in the past week, 85 years old. Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina would have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in May of next year.
Your blogger is sadenned by the loss of now Her Late Imperial and Royal Highness, and he extends his condolences and thoughts to His Imperial and Royal Highness the Archduke Otto and the House of Habsburg.
Requiescat in pace!
Elsewhere: The Mad Monarchist, Royal World, The LRC Blog, The Daily Telegraph
Saturday, February 6, 2010
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Two score and five years ago today, Johan Scharffenberg passed away.
Scharffenberg was active in 1905 for the republican cause in the Kingdom of Norway, but at the end of World War II he was behind a move to give more powers to the King.