Saturday, December 31, 2011

WRU Unplugger of the Year

The WRU Unplugger of the Year need not be a monarchist, nor regret the fall of the Old European Order. The WRU Unplugger of the Year is simply the one who is considered to have done most in bringing about the unplugging of the Wilson Revolution.

This year's awardee has done an excellent job at – albeit briefly and at facade – bringing back the order that was before the Wilsonian World Order, through – but not limited to – presiding over the greatest ceremony in Vienna at least in twenty years – and in so doing evoking old titles of the Habsburg era, an evocation that provoked republican reaction, even – reportedly – giving lively debate in Austrian newspapers.

The 2011 WRU Unplugger of the Year is:

Dr. Christoph Maria Michael Hugo Damian Peter Adalbert Graf [Count] von Schönborn, Cardinal of Austria, Archbishop of Vienna


Dr. Christoph Graf von Schönborn


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Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. David Votoupal over at Theodore's Royalty & Monarchy Site:

The destruction of the Old Order with World War I, and completed definitively upon the end of World War II, was indisputably a terrible loss for humanity. The wholesale destruction of the Old Order in 1918 paved the way for two of the most evil ideologies in human history- Marxism-Leninism (Bolshevism or Communism- it’s all the same) and National Socialism (Nazism) - to inflict unprecedented atrocities on mankind, in the former case enslave entire nations for four decades, and do profound damage to Western civilisation that is still being felt today, most acutely in the West- paving the way for the modern Political Correctness, which in my view shares certain things in common with these totalitarian ideologies, an irony utterly lost on its peddlers.
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A Texas Monarchist Take on 2011

As the year closes, The Mad Monarchist reviews the year, remembers royals passed, and hands out awards.

Fascism, Left, and Right

Over at Alternative Right, Mr. Keith Preston ponders how Fascism came to be viewed as an ideology of the right.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Budapest Coronation

95 years ago today, the latest Hungarian coronation took place.



Thursday, December 29, 2011

Counterrevolutionary Baron Born

126 years ago today, Baron Roman Nickolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg was born.





Also celebrated by The Mad Monarchist, whose mascot the baron is.

Apparently, yours truly has previously this year and last year been a victim of an erroneous double calendar conversion. Sorry for this! I stand corrected.

The Christmas Broadcast – 1957

Her Britannic Majesty's very first televised Christmas Broadcast gives some wise words on the old and the new:



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy from Vienna:





















A Romanov Christmas memorial:



Christmas and the Great War







Elisabeth, Empress and Queen

Ligeti Miklós: Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, Szeged, Hungary174 years ago today, Elisabeth of Bavaria was born.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas in Rhodesia

Mr. John Edmond sings Christmas in Rhodesia:





My first Christmas in Africa was not in Rhodesia, but it was in the brief period of return of colonial rule of Southern Rhodesia. Only Tanzania and Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia, separated my country of residence from it at the time.

The Fed 98

Map of Federal Reserve districtsTwo years short of a century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.

Lord Bolingbroke

Alexis Simon Belle: Lord BolingbrokeTwo baker's dozen decades ago today (December 12 in the Julian calendar), the later Lord Bolingbroke was born.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Electoral Defense

Map of number of electoral votes by state after redistricting from the 2000 censusOver at The American Conservative, Mr. Gary L. Gregg defends the Electoral College.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Toulon and the Vendée

Two centuries and eighteen years ago today, the Siege of Toulon ended.

Next month is to be released a slightly related movie; The War of the Vendee (via Royal World):



The Emirate of Qatar

Today Qatar celebrates 133 years – in the year of celebration of 40 years of independence from the United Kingdom.

Real monarchy is still reality in this country, which I had the pleasure of visiting late 2009. Even with the “Arab Spring” this does not seem to be changing any time soon.





Happy National Day!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

The "Tea Party"

238 years ago today, rebels dumped tea into the sea in Boston Harbor.

The Mad Monarchist presents U.S. views on monarchy:



Thursday, December 15, 2011

U.S. Bill of Rights

The United States Bill og RightsEleven score years ago today, the United States Bill of Rights came into effect.

Lack of Butter

The homeland of yours truly is not so rarely portrayed as a social democratic paradise.

The failure of regulation is very rarely demonstrated so obviously as the shortage of real butter (does not apply to substitute products) we now are experiencing before Christmas.

Some Taiwanese tell the story:



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Magic Mushroom Soup?

Alan Rockefeller: Fruit bodies of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata This number 2000 post of this weblog is devoted to the present money madness of this Wilsonian World Order.

There have been and are problems with Norwegian monetary policy and its fiat currency – as with other fiat currencies. Even so, there have been reasons to view the Norgwegian Crown – the currency that is – as comparatively better in many respects.

Today's lowering of the key policy rate could, however, give reason to doubt this.

Is Norges Bank determined to sabotage its own currency?

Did they serve magic mushroom soup at the central bank today?

Roald Amundsen Team at South Pole

A century ago today, Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, leaving a letter addressed to Admiral His Majesty King Haakon VII of Norway.



Voting...

Clay Butler: Meanwhile... Back in the Civilized World


Via David McElroy

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wilson to Change the World

Brest HarborSeven years short of century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jamhuri Day

Two years short of half a century ago today, Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom. Three years short of half a century ago today, Kenya scrapped the monarchy.

Mr. Zach Caceres reports from Kisumu.


The tea fields of Kenya. Courtesy of Zach Caceres.The tea fields of Kenya. Courtesy of Zach Caceres.


Mr. Roger Whittaker sings The Last Farewell:





And My Land Is Kenya:






Previously: Jamhuri Day

The Servile Mind

Kenneth Minogue: The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes The Moral LifeOver at The American Conservative, Professor Paul Gottfried gives a review of Professor Kenneth Minogue's The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes The Moral Life.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

American Detention

Judge Andrew Napolitano and U.S. Senator Randal Paul discuss a recent development in the District of Columbia:





Jon Stewart also comments:





Lord Halsbury Passed

Lord Halsbury90 years ago today, Lord Halsbury, a die-hard opponent of House of Lords reform, passed from this world.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Albanian Passing

Royal World pays tribute to the late Leka of Albania – and reports on the funeral.

Nobel Day

Fredrik S. Heffermehl: The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really WantedToday is Nobel Day, and the Nobel Peace Prize is handed over to the Nobel Peace Laureates here in Oslo. In Stockholm there are ceremonies and festivities for the other prizes – including the economics memorial prize.

The Nobel Peace Laureates have been many, including the bête noire of this weblog.

This blogger brings to your attention a book by Fredrik S. Heffermehl; The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted. The book has a website as well.

On this year's three Nobel Peace Laureates Mr. Heffermehl says:

I am happy to congratulate the three champions of women´s rights and non-violence, and the recognition of women´s essential role in the struggle for peace. It could easily have been related to Alfred Nobel´s vision of peace, but the reasons given by the committee show that Norwegian politicians adamantly keep insisting on keeping Nobel´s peace vision an invisible secret. Global cooperation on global disarmament was what Alfred Nobel intended to support with his prize for ‘the champions of peace,’ not human rights, humanitarian aid, environment.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

King Oscar II

A century and an Olympiad ago today, Oscar II, King of Sweden and formerly King of Norway, passed on.



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Will Live in Infamy...

Uncle Sam in the Great War94 years ago today, the Persona Non Grata and bête noire of this weblog signed the declaration of war against Austria-Hungary, after having spoken three days earlier. The motion to declare war passed unopposed in the United States Senate. It was opposed by one United States Representative.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On a Voyage to Redraw Europe

USS George Washington93 years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to redraw the map of Europe and make the world safe...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Accession of Emperor Franz Josef

163 years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria commenced.







Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quote of the Month

Writes Mrs. Laura Wood over at her wonderful weblog The Thinking Housewife:

THE MOST compelling argument monarchists have against democracy as a political system is right before our eyes: modern-day America. Is there any doubt that if Tocqueville were reborn and journeyed through America today he would conclude that democracy is man’s worst political innovation, that it produces stupidity, moral cowardice, soft slavery, and a ruling elite that diffuses and cloaks its rule with meritocracy? All of Tocqueville’s worst prophecies have come true. Our democracy is tyrannical.
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Democracy and the Financial Crisis

A great quote this month from The Mad Monarchist:

What we are seeing around the world today is really the result of a failure in the system of absolute democracy so many have put their faith in.

Goal of the Reactionary

Over at the reactionary weblog Foseti:

The reactionary then, writes for himself and the small minority that matters. If some higher purpose is necessary, I’d suggest that it’s worthwhile to expose as many other people as possible to long lost, superior ideas, in hopes of finding more members of this (never large) minority. The structure of our society is very good at ensuring that people are only exposed to certain viewpoints (dissenting viewpoints are allowed, but only some dissenting viewpoints). There are very few places to encounter truly different ideas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Democracy and Wealth

Kel Kelly: The Case for Legalizing CapitalismWrites Mr. Kel Kelly over at Mises Daily:

The sad fact is that this is exactly what our political system — democracy — is all about. It is a system where the masses, those with less money than the minority group that has great wealth, vote for politicians who offer to take money from the wealthy minority and redistribute it to them in return for giving the politician their votes.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig: The World of YesterdayA baker's dozen decades ago today, Stefan Zweig, author of Die Welt von Gestern, was born.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Constitutional Oath of Haakon VII

106 years ago today, King Haakon VII of Norway took the constitutional oath of office – after his accession and arrival nine and two days prior respectively.



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tinkering with Succession

Over at Catholic Herald, fellow former resident of Kenya Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith warns against “conservative” “call me Dave” Cameron's messing with the monarchy and succession.

Jon Stewart on Ron Paul

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Twentieth Anniversary

Studentersamfundet i TrondhjemIt was twenty years ago today I made my debut at the lectern in the Student Society in Trondhjem.

I have spoken in public – and otherwise been politically active – before and, of course, since.

However, this was the first time in an open public forum. I was quite active at the Saturday debates of the Student Society in Trondhjem for about four years.

"The Arab Spring"

A few interesting items on Libya and the “Arab Spring” otherwise:

  • British MP Daniel Kawczynski suggests a restoration of the Libyan monarchy, the Shropshire Star reports.
  • Over at Gulf News, Joseph A. Kechichian reflects on a possible restoration.
  • Over at National Public Radio, Alan GreenBlatt explores some differences between Arab monarchs and dictators.



H/T: Royal World

Monday, November 21, 2011

Franz Josef and Karl

Five years short of a century ago today, Emperor-King Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary passed away – ending a reign eleven days short of 68 years.

Archduke Karl ascended the thrones of the Dual Monarchy as Emperor-King.



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Archduke Otto 99

It is the first birthday of HLIRH Archduke Otto since his passing.







R.I.P.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Absolute" for Liberals and Conservatives

Aerial view of the Principality of MonacoMad for Monaco celebrates the admiration for the “absolute” monarchy of Monaco by conservatives and liberals alike.

New Age of Chaos

“El Jefe Maximo” runs his annual post on Armistice Day on his weblog Kingdom of Chaos.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bottled Water and Dehydration

Walter J. Pilsak: Mineral water being poured from a bottle into a glass.The European Union is banning the claim that water can prevent dehydration. So The Daily Telegraph reports.

King Haakon Accession

Hans Majestet Haakon VII af Guds Naade og efter Rigets Constitution Konge over Norge: monogram106 years ago today, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Norway proclaimed Prince Carl of Denmark as King of Norway, and the vacancy since October 26 that same year was filled.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crown Prince Pavlos and the Greek Trouble

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece is interviewed by CNN's Max Foster on the problems in the Mediterranean country:







H/T: Radical Royalist

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American, Keynesian, or Kenyan?

The bright and brilliant American electorate:



Monarchy instead of Kleptocracy

The Schwarz-Gelbe Allianz had its annual rally on Saturday, a day the interregnal government of Austria celebrates the establishment of what it calls a republic.

November 12, 2011: Monarchie statt Kleptokratie

The Schwarz-Gelbe Allianz has a German report.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hungarian Power Renunciation

replica of renunciation of power of King Charles IV of Hungary
Seven years short of a century ago today, King Charles IV of Hungary renounced his involvement in the state affairs of the Kingdom of Hungary at Eckartsau.

The desk of Charles of Austria-Hungary at Eckartsau.

Eckartsau on September 18, 2011


The top photo is of the replica of the renunciation declaration at display at Eckartsau. Photos taken by yours truly at Eckartsau on September 18, 2011.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rogers, Rockwell, Celente, and Bagus

On the money madness:









And over at Mises Daily, Professor Philipp Bagus writes.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Great Crime of World War One

On this first Armistice Day after passing of the last surviving combat veteran of the Great War, we listen to Shane McGowan:






H/T: Daniel McAdams of the LRC Blog

Democracy and Churchill

Winston S. ChurchillEight squared years ago today, Winston Churchill uttered his famous words on democracy as least bad.

The Eleventh

93 years ago today, the Great War came to an end. More than four years of brutal killing fortunately came to an end.





Unfortunately, it also meant the end of the old world. On this very day Emperor-King Charles of Austria-Hungary renounced power.





Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Por Qué No Te Callas?"

The Mad Monarchist of Texas celebrates the 4th anniversary of the famous words of the King of Spain.



Turkey Today

In Turkey today, they celebrate Atatürk – on the 73rd anniversary of his passing.

Here we say:



Ron Paul on the Continuing Money Madness



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Austro-American Peace

Austria and Hungary, post-WWI90 years ago today, the peace treaty after the Great War between Austria and those United States came into force.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Red October

94 years ago today, the world was struck by Red October.



Monday, October 31, 2011

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Gerald Warner over at Scotland on Sunday:

Of all the absurd theories generated by the 20th century, none was more ridiculous than Francis Fukuyama's “End of History” canard, which arrogantly assumed Western-style liberal “democracy” was the terminus of human development. Despite such neo-conservative vapourings, history marches on regardless.
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Happy Halloween!

Halloween (photo: Toby Ord)Want to know how you can scare the tricks, the treats, the living daylights, and the pumpkin out of all your neighbors?

Throw a halloween party, and dress your bathroom up as the modern regime unmasked!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Swedish-Norwegian Union Dissolved

King Oscar II of NorwayA century and half a dozen years ago today, King Oscar II vacated the ancient throne of Norway.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, King Michael!

Jozef Trylinski: King Michael I of RomaniaToday King Michael I of Romania turns 90. Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Radical Royalist reports on an official Romanian medal for the occasion.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Archduke Charles Marries

The wedding of then future Emperor-King Charles and Empress-Queen Zita

Today is Blessed Emperor-King Karl's Feast Day. A century ago today, then Archduke Karl married Princess Zita.





Thursday, October 20, 2011

Police Officers Nowadays

Writes Mrs. Laura Wood over at her weblog The Thinking Housewife:

And notice who responded to this incident. Not one, but two female police officers. There is nothing so reassuring as a security force in ponytails.



H/T: The Rambling Royalist

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Alaska Ceded

Flag of Imperial AlaskaA dozen dozen years ago today, Alaska was transferred from the throne of Russia.

The Euro Hole

The euroOver at Alternative Right, “Robert T. Burnham” reflects on the recent events in the eurozone troubles.

Monday, October 17, 2011

End of Male Primogeniture?

As reported recently, there is an initiative to change succession rules in the Commonwealth realms.

It is interesting with the upcoming Diamond Jubilee, the second in a bit more than a century, that this is so pressing. In the past two centuries there has been a female monarch on the Britannic throne more than 60 percent of the time. And the British Prime Minister feels the need to “end discrimination” against females.

Royal World gives some thoughts and has some more statistics.

Rants The Mad Monarchist:

The idea of trying to end birthright discrimination in a hereditary monarchy is so ludicrous it makes my head hurt. I know I’ve asked this before, but seriously, what happened to Great Britain? Did a majority of the British public all suddenly get hit with a dumb stick sometime after World War II? I don’t mean to be harsh here, the same could be asked about most monarchies in Europe. That is what this is really, a fashionable trend. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium and so on have already done the same and Britain doesn’t want to be the odd man out. Sure, other monarchies still have male primogeniture, like Monaco, but Britain doesn’t want to be anything like Monaco. They have very low taxes, a monarchy that still rules the country and you can go to jail if you insult the Prince. What a horrid place. No, the UK wants to be like the progressive, socialist monarchies on the continent. Next thing you know they’ll be trying to make the Queen ride a bicycle to Westminster for the opening of Parliament and tell her she can’t wear her own crown anymore.

Occupy Wall Street?

Someone in downtown Manhattan:






H/T: A Conservative Blog for Peace

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

More Car Surveillance?

Over at MSNBC, Bob Sullivan ponders the implications of a recent filing of a surveillance camera system in private cars.


H/T: Ad Orientem

Spencer and Gottfried on the "Conservative Canon"

Over at AltRight Radio, Richard Spencer and Dr. Paul Gottfried discuss the “Conservative Canon,” the book-reading list of the so-called conservative movement, and the upcoming H.L. Mencken Club annual conference.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Modernization We Could Do Without

Trond Norén Isaksen notes that “conservative” David Cameron has launched an initiative to change succession rules in the British Commonwealth.

Much can be said about it. Please feel free to see my previous short thoughts on it. Also, Royal World had a post earlier this year.

The same monarchy-oriented historian Isaksen also has a note on a Danish motion to “modernize” the Constitution.

More on Xinhai at 100

The Mad Monarchist gives his perspective on the Chinese revolution.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Burial of Archduke Felix

The sarcophagus of Archduke Felix

On October 1, Archduke Felix was laid to rest in Muri in Switzerland.





Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Robert E. Lee Passed

Seven score and a year ago today, Robert E. Lee passed away.

Over at Taki's Magazine, Takuan Seiyo pays tribute.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nepalese Support for the King

Over at Beyond Headlines, Afroz Alam Sahil reports on support for ending the interregnum in Nepal.

Jim Rogers on China, the U.S., and More



Monday, October 10, 2011

Peter Hitchens and the Madness

Over at the Mail on Sunday, Mr. Peter Hitchens gives comments on the recent madness at the Bank of England.

Revolution of Xinhai

A century ago today, the Xinhai Revolution commenced.



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reagan, Paul, and Others...

Mr. Jack Hunter, also known as the Southern Avenger, presents some perspective on American foreign policy:



La France

The fleur-de-lisThe Wall Street Journal reports on the French nobility.


H/T: Royal World

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Poll Results: What Is the Best Way to Handle Anti-Monarchists?

debateThe results for the poll, asking what is the best way to handle anti-monarchists, ending at midnight between September and October, are as follows:

Total votes: 71.

  • Debate them into smithereens: 37 (52%)
  • Ridicule them: 13 (18%)
  • Ignore them: 5 (7%)
  • Beat them physically: 13 (18%)
  • Avoid them: 2 (2%)
  • Bash them: 1 (1%)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Viva o Rei!




A century and a year ago today, the Kingdom of Portugal fell.

Viva o Reino de Portugal!

Viva o Rei e a Rainha de Portugal!

Viva a Casa e a Familia Real de Portugal!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Gloucester of Virginia

Gloucester, Virginia23 decades ago today, supplies for His Britannic Majesty's forces were cut off at Gloucester in the Old Dominion.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

What If?





Yes, fair enough! Makes some great points! And:

What if Judge Napolitano spread myths about the tyranny of the George III regime? What if Judge Napolitano talked about the George III regime as a big government regime? What if Judge Napolitano didn't listen to Dr. Gary North on American Independence?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Assembly on the Block

G. Lenotre: The Door of the Jacobin Club in the Saint-Honoré Street, Paris, FranceEleven score years ago today, the French Legislative Assembly convened.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Quote of the Month

Wrote Mr. Samuel C. Starrett over at his marvelous weblog The Rambling Royalist:

Interesting. So the Campaign Manager and Executive Officer of an organization formed to promote unfettered democracy and deliver Britain into the hands of unchecked popular sovereignty admits that not only is popular opinion not always right, there is actually no link between rightness and popular opinion. A startling bit of candor there, and it ought to raise questions about the wisdom of democracy.
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Dissolved Assembly

'Le serment de Jeu de Paume (1789)Eleven score years ago today, the National Constituent Assembly was dissolved.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Battle at Yorktown

Official National Park Service map of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route23 decades ago today, the Battle of Yorktown commenced.

Herman Melville

Herman MelvilleA dozen decades ago today, Herman Melville passed on.

In Mardi: And A Voyage Thither he wrote:

Better be secure under one king, than exposed to violence from twenty millions of monarchs, though oneself be one of them.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First French Republic

A year short of eleven score years ago today, the First French Republic was proclaimed.

Vive le Roi de la France!



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oscar II

Oscar Björck: His Majesty King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway139 years ago today, King Oscar II ascended the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg

Baron Roman von Ungern-SternbergNine decades ago today, Baron Roman Nickolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg was executed.

The Mad Monarchist has the baron as mascot or icon.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mencken 131

H.L. Mencken131 years ago today, H.L. Mencken was born.

In early November, the H.L. Mencken Club hosts its 2011 conference – November 4 through 5.