Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Although my sympathy is primarily with Christendom and its monarchies, I do regret the fall of the Ottoman Empire as a monarchy and a party on the Central Powers side of the Great War.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nine dozen years ago today, King Oscar II abdicated the ancient throne of Norway.
The dissolution of the Swedish-Norwegian union was not merely a dissolution, but it was also unfortunately a major step on the way to emasculated monarchy and all but absolute democracy.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
32 or two to the power of five years ago today, His Majesty King Olav V appointed the first Willoch Cabinet.
Shortly there will be another Conservative Party led Cabinet.
Yours truly voted in the election that led up to this situation with a blank ballot.
Those with high expectations I am afraid are bound for some disappointments. Some improvements may come. However, they are quite certain to be rather feeble compared to the whole picture. Of course, the optimists are free to prove yours truly wrong.
The media already on the first day after the election had apparently proclaimed the end of the monarchy, announcing our “new First Family”:
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Over at BBC News Magazine, writes Dr. Roger Scruton:
In my view, the idea that there is a single, one-size-fits-all solution to social and political conflict around the world, and that democracy is the name of it, is based on a disregard of historical and cultural conditions, and a failure to see that democracy is only made possible by other and more deeply hidden institutions. And while we are willing to accept that democracy goes hand in hand with individual freedom and the protection of human rights, we often fail to realise that these three things are three things, not one, and that it is only under certain conditions that they coincide.Furthermore:
Democracy was introduced into Russia without any adequate protection for human rights. And many human rights were protected in 19th Century Britain long before the emergence of anything that we would call democracy. In the Middle East today, we find parties standing for election, like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which regards an electoral victory as the opportunity to crush dissent and impose a way of life that for many citizens is simply unacceptable. In such circumstances democracy is a threat to human rights and not a way of protecting them.
The totalitarian system, I learned, endures not simply by getting rid of democratic elections and imposing a one-party state. It endures by abolishing the distinction between civil society and the state, and by allowing nothing significant to occur which is not controlled by the Party. By studying the situation in Eastern Europe, I came quickly to see that political freedom depends upon a delicate network of institutions, which my friends were striving to understand and if possible to resuscitate.
Cross-posted at The Monarchist.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Total votes: 44.
- a failure: 26 (59%)
- something that needs to get back on track and everything will be fine: 16 (36%)
- a success: 2 (4%)
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Over at The LRC Blog, Ms. Becky Akers posts a link to a video on democracy:
Ms. Akers also has an upcoming novel, Abducting Arnold, based on Brigadier General Benedict Arnold (Major General in the Continental Army), of which she posted about last month and also in August.
You can sign up to be notified of the publication of the novel at her site.
Ms. Akers will in addition be doing a talk on Benedict Arnold in February in New York.