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.previous
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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
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
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It 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.
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
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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.
The Schwarz-Gelbe Allianz has a German report.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
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 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
Friday, November 11, 2011
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.