Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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 a most outstanding job at exposing the privacy invading activities of the behemoth that is at the center of the Wilsonian world order.

The 2013 WRU Unplugger of the Year is:

Edward Joseph Snowden

Edward Joseph Snowden


Quote of the Month

Writes “Strategos” over at his weblog Liberty and Justice:

They have no honor, no sense of duty, no appreciation of western civilization, they are just nihilistic partisan hacks obsessed with their own power. The Conservative intelligentsia is much better and the majority of their work is spot on, the problem is they are bound by the Cathedral as the Neo-Reactionaries call it as well, they remain committed to liberal democracy and the social revolutions of the post-victorian period, they will never support monarchism, a smaller electorate or really any structural reforms that will fundamentally alter society towards our end and believe we will win through economic reforms like a Flat Tax.

From December...

Over at The Independent, Mr. Guy Keleny says real liberals should support the monarchy, concluding:

Well, I submit that for true liberals, who care most of all for the liberty of the individual citizen, the “will of the people” is a will o’ the wisp, frequently invoked by crooks and tyrants. We do not like triumphs of the will, even that of the people. The chief value of democracy is not in “getting things done” – that is the socialist way – but in preventing the abuse of power by those in charge. And the chief value of monarchs is that they are there not by their own will or anybody else’s but by pure chance. The important thing is not to confuse the person and the office; the Queen is not a god, nor does she “deserve” the privileges of her office. But that office is ancient, colourful and modestly useful, and we’d be crazy to get rid of it.
Psyposts reports on research for implementing tyranny of the majority.

Mr. Matt Briggs reflects on Plato and democracy.

PoliticsUSA reports on someone refusing to pledge support for democracy. Is that supposed to be a bad thing?

The Mad Monarchist reviews the year, concluding:
Most troubling for me about 2013 was the further deterioration of tradition and traditional values. Royal children born out of wedlock, “inter-faith” coronations and so on. Belgium and Luxembourg both have openly homosexual prime ministers and in little Luxembourg bigger changes are planned with the current government such as legalizing gay marriage, gay adoption, removing religious classes from the public schools and doing away with Catholic services as part of National Day celebrations. The King of The Netherlands says he doesn’t want to be called “Your Majesty”, the Prince of Wales wants an “inter-faith” coronation and the Pope is talking about income inequality and driving a Ford. In all the good and bad we have seen in 2013, it is safe to say that those supporting tradition and monarchy, in Europe in particular, need to step their game up in a big way.
In another post, the same blogger says:
However, over time, minor incidents were so exaggerated that the British public, it seems, came to view the monarch as being the adviser to the Parliament rather than the reverse and invested so much power in politicians for fear of being tyrannized by a monarch that today the monarch has no power to restrain the politicians from tyrannizing the people.
A few other posts by the same blogger:Also at the same blog, Alberta Royalist gives his thoughts on the Canadian Senate and a future House of Lords.

Over at his weblog Royal World, Mr. Theodode Harvey ponders the concepts of left and right. He also mentions a French pretender. More at Royal World in December.

Tea at Trianon has a post on Queen Charlotte (consort of George III) and the Christmas tree and one on abandoned castles in France.

Mr. Gareth Russell sums up a few reads from the year that is closing, including a couple of books related to the war whose centenary is coming up.

The Financial Times interviews the Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein (via Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites).

Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites presents a story of a colonel who would not stand up for his King.

Over at The Guardian, Mr. Martin Kettle reflects on what would have happened if Germany had won the Great War (via LRC).

Over at the LRC Blog, Mr. Charles Burris has some quotes related to the Great War.

Over at the Mail on Sunday, Mr. Peter Hitchens gives his thoughts on the institution of marriage.

Ad Orientem brings us a report on a speech of the Prince of Wales on Christianity and the Middle East.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hungarian Coronation

Three years short of a century ago today, the latest Hungarian coronation took place.

Mozart's Krönungsmesse:

Sunday, December 29, 2013

More on the Fed

Over at Enter Stage Right, Bruce Walker takes on the American central bank.

Also, the testimony of Thomas E. Woods, jr. on the Federal Reserve:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Romanian Monarchy March

Coat of Arms of RomaniaBack in November, over a thousand marched in Bucharest for reinstatement of the monarchy. So Romania-Insider.com reports.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy from the Kaiserstadt:

Romanov Christmas memories:

Christmas of 1914 & 1915

Elisabeth of Bavaria

Two dozen years short of two centuries ago today, Elisabeth of Bavaria was born.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Federal Reserve

A century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.

Dr. Ron Paul gives his take:

And Ben Swann:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Season Shopping

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Toulon Retreat

220 years ago today, the Siege of Toulon ended with a revolutionary victory.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Boston "Tea Party" at 240

A dozen score years ago today, rebels dumped tea into the sea in Boston Harbor.

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

Over at mises.org back in 2007, N. Joseph Potts presented his view.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Redrawing of Europe

Chateau de Brest95 years ago today, the bête noire of this blog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Independence of Kenya

Kenya Blue EnsignHalf a century ago today, Kenya became independent, and Queen Elizabeth II assumed the title of Queen of Kenya.

Previously: Kenyan Independence

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Farewell to Oscar II

A century and half a dozen years ago today, Oscar II, King of Sweden and formerly King of Norway, passed on – in his 79th year.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Day of True Infamy

96 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 honorable United States Representative. This war had become for the Allied Powers almost exclusively – if not entirely – a war to make the world safe for unfettered mass democracy, although the British Empire had to wait a while to have that unleashed upon it.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Off to Redraw Europe

Wintergarden and Salon for 1st Class passengers of the George Washington luxury steamer, built by the Norddeutsche Lloyd in 1909
Five years short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this blog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to redraw the map of Europe and make the world safe for King Demos.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Accession of Franz Joseph

165 years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria commenced.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Randoms on Democracy and Monarchy

Geeky monarchists have been noticed over at CrunchBase.

Royal World has some post, some of which are:

Some of the posts of the Mad Monarchist:Some on the Great War:Some on the so-called shutdown of the federal government of those United States:Vive la Reine has a post on the portrait of Louis XVI at Mount Vernon (via Tea at Trianon).

28 percent of Russians in an opinion poll want the vacancy of the Russian throne to end. So RT reports. Says Avenging Red Hand:
Why are we going around choosing kings? Maria Vladimirovna is the Empress. End of story. Crown her.

Radish gives us Democracy and the Intellectuals.

The Radical Royalist reports on the monarchism of Her Britannic Majesty's new Australian Prime Minister.

Over at his weblog More Right, Michael Anissimov posts Ten Objections to Traditionalism and Monarchism, With Answers, amongst other interesting material.

Outsideness says:
Constitutions are designs and operating instructions for mechanisms. They don't rule any more than rocket blueprints blast into orbit.
The same also says:
Unlike democracy, the Easter Bunny looks good in principle.
James Woods quotes a Pruzansky:
The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living[.]
Bryce Laliberte writes:
Democracy is not politically neutral. It favors certain kinds of social reform over others, which becomes a feedback loop into singularity.
Mr. Laliberte also writes:
Democracy is war. You win by the willingness to cause destruction.
I don't want democracy because nearly everyone is stupid and I don't trust them.
Also from Mr. Laliberte:
Opposition to democracy should be the conservative's foundation. Without this, he has already lost.
Finally a supposed quote from Queen Victoria:
Feminists ought to get a good whipping.