The underlying belief behind the American-led efforts to export “democracy” to Islamic countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan is that all human beings should be subject to democracy, just like they are subject to gravity. But as we have seen, gravity applies throughout the entire known universe. What happens if we discover intelligent life on other planets? My bet is that on day one we will all be excited over finding E.T. On day two, American neoconservatives will ask whether E.T. has democracy. If he doesn’t, the USA must promptly send an interplanetary expeditionary force to export democracy to his planet. After all, if E.T has gravity then E.T. must also have democracy, just like Afghan Muslims.previous
E.T. vote home.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Three years ago today, this web log was launched.
The occasion was the royal promulgation of entering so-called responsible government in the written Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway. This promulgation took place on this day three years ago.
I also wrote this article on the occasion.
Monday, March 29, 2010
A year short of four decades ago today, Amendment XXIII to the Constitution of the United States was ratified.
The amendment runs counter to the concept of those United States as a federal union of states by succumbing to the concept of “everyone having a say.” So the federal capital with its federal bureaucracy must have a say too instead of purely being at the service of the states. Now, it can of course be argued that the federal bureaucracy has long since fermented outside the borders of the federal capital. However, those United States would do wisely to return to a purer form of the concept of a federal union of states.
You may notice that it was largely the former Confederacy that did not ratify the amendment.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Wrote James Jackson over at Taki's Magazine earlier this year:
In losing our history, we lose part of ourselves and impoverish what is left. So forget textspeak and philistinism. My advice to the young is simple — climb to the highest vantage. And then look back.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Until August 1914 a sensible, law-abiding Englishman could pass through life and hardly notice the existence of the state, beyond the post office and the policeman. He could live where he liked and as he liked. He had no official number or identity card. He could travel abroad or leave his country for ever without a passport or any sort of official permission. He could exchange his money for any other currency without restriction or limit. He could buy goods from any country in the world on the same terms as he bought goods at home. For that matter, a foreigner could spend his life in this country without permit and without informing the police.Another quote:
He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
91 years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family arrived at the Austro-Swiss border in an Imperial train and departed Austria under the protection of the icon of this weblog, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.
At Feldkirch, the Emperor-King issued the Feldkirch Manifesto, declaring the November 11 power renunciation so often referred to as an abdication, but erroneously so null and void, and denouncing the authority of the republican government.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Seven baker's dozen years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family departed the hunting lodge at Eckartsau, where the Emperor-King and his family had been in internal exile since the end of the war, under various protection, the last three and a half weeks led by this weblog's icon, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.
The family left for external exile in the Helvetic Confederation in an Imperial train, also under the protection of Lt.-Col. Strutt, after the latter's clever defeat of Karl Renner's abdication demand.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
This year's Austrian Scholars Conference is ongoing. The schedule is here.
The second block of afternoon sessions today begins at 2:45 PM CST (8:45 PM GMT / 9:45 PM CET). It includes a session entitled Sociology and Economics. During this session Professor Michael King of the Benedictine College in Kansas will be having a talk entitled The Thoughts and Writings of Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn.
The conference can be watched live here.
Update: The parallel sessions, of which said talk is part, seem not to be streamed.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
March 4 was until Amendment XX to the United States Constitution took effect, Inauguration Day for the President of the United States.
Three years short of a century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog gave his first inaugural address. On the day four years later, he gave his second inaugural address, in which he amongst other things said:
We stand firm in armed neutrality since it seems that in no other way we can demonstrate what it is we insist upon and cannot forget.That neutrality was a so-called one since the summer of 1914.
His successor, Warren G. Harding, spoke 89 years ago. He said:
The unselfishness of these United States is a thing proven; our devotion to peace for ourselves and for the world is well established; our concern for preserved civilization has had its impassioned and heroic expression. There was no American failure to resist the attempted reversion of civilization; there will be no failure today or tomorrow.And:
When World War threatened civilization we pledged our resources and our lives to its preservation[...]Preserved civilization?
Senator Harding had spoken previously:
Saying at the end:
This Republic has never failed humanity, nor endangered civilization.We know that the Great War ended civilization as we knew it. Although the ignition of the war was the great catastrophe, and those United States had no part in its ignition, their involvement on the modernist side through “neutrality” and later military involvement certainly gave a large contribution to the destruction of the world that was and, hence, to the rise of the totalitarianism of the 20th century, the democratic soft totalitarianism included.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
217 years ago the War in the Vendée commenced.
According to Wikipedia:
On March 3, 1793, virtually all the churches were ordered closed. Sacramental vessels were confiscated by soldiers and the people were forbidden to place a cross on their graves.Some old articles/blog posts:
- LewRockwell.com: Sophie Masson: Remembering the Vendée
- The Daily Telegraph: Vendée French Call for Revolution Massacre to Be Termed 'Genocide' [Tea at Trianon]
- Le Fleur de Lys too: Crimes against Humanity 1794