What does Bastille Day represent? Ultimately, it represents the elevation to power of the classic man on horseback, a representative in his tastes, aspirations, and (Emerson again) “intellect without conscience” of the democracy. It represents ideology as license. Napoleon took what he wanted in power, things, people … everything. For him, fame was virtue. This was the principle of the French Revolution writ large, of the new class whose ascendancy was aborning, in France and elsewhere.previous
What is there to celebrate in that?
Saturday, July 31, 2010
101 years ago today, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was born. Please do see his:my May post on the scholar and browse.
The great scholar was born on the last day of the month that arguably can be called monarchy's black month. We have:
- The American Declaration of Independence
- Bastille Day
- Romanov Murder
- Austro-Hungarian Declaration of War against the Kingdom of Serbia, which would in the course of a few days turn into the Great War
Tea at Trianon has Olga's Prayer.
This July 18 was the 138th anniversary of the passing of Benito Juárez, after whom Mussolini was named. The Mad Monarchist has a lengthy post on this Mexican “hero.”
Irish Monarchist gives some thoughts on Parliaments.
Radical Royalist brings us the French restoration hymn of 1815:
Royal World also had some thoughts and links for Bastille Day.
Tea at Trianon has A Dark Cloud Overhead.
There is The Lost America over at The Monarchist.
Robert Hardman of the Daily Mail wonders whether Britain is becoming a republic (H/T: Royal World).
Over at Chronicles, Pat Buchanan asks whether democracy is overrated (H/T: Tea at Trianon).
Over at Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden also reflects on democracy, and Citizen Renegade has some additional thoughts.
The Western Confucian has a post on democracy-skeptical thought in India.
Wash Park Prophet has an interesting post on royalty and monarchy.
Andrew Cusack pays tribute to Thomas Molnar, author of amongst other works The Counter-Revolution, and Christopher Westley of the Mises Economics Blog follows up. Requiescat in pace!
High Tory Gerald Warner speaks out for the term reactionary (H/T: Royal World).
A panel discussion on monarchy, democracy, and long-term thinking:
Remember, as The Mad Monarchist stated at the end of last month, that monarchy is not tyranny.
- Ceremonial monarchy is good because it keeps the idea of monarchy alive as the democratist storm is ridden off: 56 (58%)
- Ceremonial monarchy is just fine: 12 (12%)
- There is no point in having ceremonial monarchy: 10 (10%)
- Modern monarchy protects democracy, and this is a good thing: 10 (10%)
- Modern monarchy protects democracy: 7 (7%)
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Eight score and seven years ago today, Yngvar Nielsen was born. Yngvar Nielsen was a prominent historian in the old world. During the “democratic progress,” at the end of the 19th century he was proponent of the old order. He was a friend of King Oscar II. He was thus “frozen out” by the Conservative Party.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Two centuries and sixteen years ago today, Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre fell prey to his own method and was executed by guillotine at Place Louis XV, where Their Majesties previously had been executed in a similar manner, after being arrested the previous day.
Elsewhere: The Mad Monarchist
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Austria shall have a democratic government based on elections by secret ballot and shall guarantee to all citizens free, equal and universal suffrage as well as the right to be elected to public office without discrimination as to race, sex, language, religion or political opinion.And yes, then there is this:
Austria further undertakes to maintain the law of 3rd April, 1919, concerning the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine.
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Two decades ago today, a constitutional amendment giving Perpetual Parliament was promulgated.
Trond Norén Isaksen wrote on the Parliament Dissolution that is no more previously this year.
An often used argument is that dissolving Parliament had survived into an age where an always sitting Parliament has come to be the norm. It seems that when constitutional provisions and the political machine are in conflict, the constitutional checks must give way to the political machine. Sadly so!
A long time ago the Parliament met ordinarily only every three years.
Judge Gideon J. Tucker once said:
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
Monday, July 12, 2010
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97 years ago today, an important amendment to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway was promulgated.
It was the first royal promulgation of a constitutional amendment as opposed to sanctioning or Royal Assent.
The amendment itself provided for this promulgation instead of the previous Royal Assent.
The amendment provided for Parliament becoming ultimately absolute also formally.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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Eleven score and fourteen years ago today, the United States Declaration of Independence was issued.
Four score and a long dozen years ago today, Wilson's troops marched through Paris and paid tribute to the tomb of the Marquis de Lafayette. He must have rotated in his grave over troops to “make the world safe for democracy” paying a tribute to him.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Many times I have heard that the Great War was fought to defend democracy, or so that "small nations might be free." Greece is my favorite response to this. Greece remained neutral until Great Britain invaded, deposed the king, and established a puppet government.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
A year short of four decades ago today, the 26th amendment to the federal Constitution of those United States was ratified.
John Stossel gives some perspective on the issue: