Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Gareth Russell over at his weblog Confessions of a Ci-Devant:

[W]hy did the revolution occur under the rule of one of the most benign and liberal monarchs in French history? The myth of royal repression in the years immediately preceding the revolution is exactly that. It's a post-justifying myth to legitimise what was essentially a bourgeoisie coup locked in an abusive marriage with the frankly terrifying spectre of mob mentality and street violence.
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Haydn

A year short of fourteen score years ago today*, Franz Joseph Haydn was born.







* There apparently seems to be some uncertainty as to what the exact date was.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

An Olympiad Ago Today

This weblog was launched.

Previous anniversaries:

Trond Norén Isaksen – on a note related to the occasion for the launch of this blig – informs us that His Majesty King Harald V will be holding Council in Bergen on September 16.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An Amendment 40

Ratification map for Amendment XXIII to Constitution of the United StatesFour 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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Few Links for an Older Order

Mr. William S. Lind has his annual Kaiser phone call in the March 2011 issue of The American Conservative.

Blogger “Npinkpanther” reflects on monarchy and democracy.

And of course, last January there was a Requiem Mass for King Louis XVI. As The Royal Forums reported. Radical Royalist posted earlier this month on the anniversary of the Royalist uprising in 1793.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

North Africa and the Middle East

This blogger finds it frustrating how people cheer on the prospects for democracy in North Africa and the Middle East. However, it is not surprising.

Although there are significant differences between the region now under stress and the Christendom brought to an end by the Great War, there is good reason to believe that what replaces the current regimes may be even worse. This especially goes for the monarchies.

Lots of people seem to cheer on regime change, also helped by those United States and allies, militarily or by other means. Wilsonianism does not do good, whether it comes through hard or soft Wilsonianism in United States foreign policy or through self-“liberation.”

Let us remember that the forcing of democracy on Europe gave rise to Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, and Stalin. Not only that, but having rid ourselves of those harder forms of totalitarianism, we are stuck with a very cumbersome form of government – to put it diplomatically.

As for the Northern European Oil Kingdom, the Crown Prince Regent Wednesday morning authorized Norwegian participation. Trond Norén Isaksen has more.

Here are some thoughts and other postings of a few other bloggers:


Also a couple of videos (H/T: David Kramer of LRC):

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Republic Denounced

The November 11 declaration92 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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eckartsau Departed

Kaiserliches Jagdchloß EckartsauFour score and a 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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tenno Speaks

Emperor Akihito addressed the nation:






H/T: The Mad Monarchist

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gold 111

Gold nugget flattened111 years ago today, the Gold Standard Act was ratified.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Response to an Article

I don't very often receive uncivil or rude e-mail, but every once in a while I do.

Back in January, I received an e-mail from someone who had apparently read my latest LRC article. The e-mail was from a P S Burress, titled The Knight Article, and he wrote:

So you never "met the knight?"

How silly... poor you!

All we need...is a world filled with people who wish to
"kiss-up" to the oligarchs! Hows sad.

Proctor S. Burress
Funny how he should single out that from the entire article. Oligarchy does mean rule by the few, and the great Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn did believe in rule by the few, and he probably would have been close to the rulers, had Habsburg rule survived. Also, he was an advisor to the Archduke Otto. However, how someone could lump the great thinker in with those who go normally by the term oligarchs in our world, is beyond me.

And yes, I do reserve the right to publish uncivil or rude comments sent to me by e-mail.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

February in Russia

Half a dozen years short of a century ago today, the February Revolution broke out in the Russian Imperial capital.





International Women's Day

It is today the centennial of International Women's Day.

The Western Confucian has these old posts:

A couple of old articles at LewRockwell.com that are also worth visiting:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Emancipation of Serfs

Sergei Lvovich Levitsky: Alexander IIFifteen decades ago today, the manifesto for the abolition of serfdom in Russia was signed by Emperor Alexander IIreminds us Royal World.

Claude Choules 110

Naval sailor Claude Stanley ChoulesWith the passing of Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles Sunday last, as The Boston Globe reports, Mr. Claude Stanley Choules today celebrates his 110th birthday as the last surviving combat veteran of the Great War.

Mr. Choules served with the Royal Navy, and he witnessed the German naval surrender and the scuttling of the fleet in Scapa Flow.

Mr. Choules reportedly hates war and is opposed to Armistice marking as a glorification of war.

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