Fourteen score years ago today*, Franz Joseph Haydn was born.
* There apparently seems to be some uncertainty as to what the exact date was.
Defending the Old European Order, which was unplugged by the 28th President of those United States
and otherwise rejecting anything Wilsonian or related,
wherever it might be
Five years ago today, this weblog was launched.
93 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.
Dreiundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind genug!
Four score and a 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.
Eighteen decades ago today, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe passed away.
None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.And another one:
Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.
This past week there was debate in the Polytechnic Society on the “Arab Spring” and the future of the Arab world and Norwegian Middle East policy.
There was a panel consisting of the Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and a Norwegian under secretary of foreign affairs.
Video recordings are available (in Norwegian).
Yours truly was there and had the floor at two occasions. At the first occasion the questions were:
Is it given that if Qatar were to be transformed from an emirate to a democratic republic, it will become a better society?The answer was somewhat predictable:
Any society that goes from being authoritarian to democratic becomes a better society.Talk about being categorical! Aparently, no matter how bad democracy turns out, democracy is better. Not surprising, but it is somewhat satisfying to provoke democratists into saying so explicitly.
As the centennial of the start of the war that ended the Old European Order is less than thirty months away, over at The American Conservative, Adam Hochschild gives some reflections on the catastrophe, with emphasis on the war resisters.
H/T: The Pittsford Perennialist
It is today International Women's Day.
The “hottest” issue in this northern oil kingdom or at least one of the “hottest” these days related to this seems to be drive for military conscription for women. And yes, “men” are involved in this drive.
Previously: International Women's Day
Four years short of a century ago today, Professor Yngvar Nielsen passed on.
Yngvar Nielsen was an advisor to and friend of King Oscar II. He was a tutor to the King's sons. Professor Nielsen was a historian, and politically, he belonged to the losing side of the constitutional “evolution” of the late 19th and early 20th century.