Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!



As today also is a Haydn birthday:


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Half a Dozen Years

Fireworks and champagneThis blog today celebrates its iron anniversary.

Six years now this blog has been on a mission to unplug the Wilson Revolution. It has been interesting times.

For what's up ahead, pay attention in the following days.


Previously: Five Years on the Blog

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

U.S. Breakup?

Will U.S. states secede?Over at Enter Stage Right, Bruce Walker ponders a breakup of those United States.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Daniel McAdams

Daniel McAdams is interviewed by Robert Wenzel on foreign policy, working for Ron Paul, and the future for Ron Paul and foreign policy (March 3):



Mr. McAdams was also interviewed by Tom Woods on the Peter Schiff Show on March 5.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Exit Austria

Departure from Kopfstetten train station by EckartsauHalf a dozen years short of a century 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 mascot 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.

Vierundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind genug!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eckartsau Departure

Kaiserliches Jagdchloß Eckartsau (photo by J.K. Baltzersen, September 18, 2011)Six years short of a century 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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Couple of Events in England

This spring and until June the play The Audience is running in London. The British Monarchist Society is getting together to watch it this upcoming Easter Eve.

The following weekend the annual Royalty Weekend seminar will be held in England. More info at Mr. Dag Hoelseth's blog.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Report from a Funeral

Last September over at The Daily Reckoning, Bill Bonner reported from a funeral:

"She was a royalist. In fact, the whole family are royalists," explained a neighbour, after the funeral.

"There are a few people like that in France. It isn't serious in the sense that no one really expects France to become a monarchy again. Some people just admire the British for their royal family. Especially when there are royal marriages. It's a kind of focus for the whole nation. And everyone seems to like the pageantry of it.

"And most people probably imagine a parliamentary system with a king at the head of it... like the Netherlands or Spain. But this family is a little special. They want an absolute monarchy."

"Well, there is something to be said for monarchy", said another person at our table. At least, it is much clearer and more honest. In a democracy, such as we have here in France, you don't really know who's in charge... or what they really want. The voters think they are in charge, but they have no real idea of what is going on. They get tired of one party and they switch to the other. The real deals are made behind the scenes.

"Yes, democracy is a fraud. The voters think they are in charge. But they're not."

"And I don't know if it would be any better if they really were in charge," another friend added. "I mean, just because you can get a majority of dumbbells to vote for something doesn't make it right. Remember that both Hitler and Mussolini began by getting elected.

"I don't even understand the idea of it. I mean theoretically. What gives the majority the right to tell everyone what to do? At least, with a monarch there's a kind of logic to it. The people obey the king. The king obeys God. Good kings were good. Bad kings were bad."

"There's another way in which a king may be better," we volunteered. "The voters, especially old voters, have now realised that they can vote themselves more money - more healthcare and more pension benefits, usually. No candidate for president can tell them the truth - that we can't afford to give them the benefits they're getting now. So, the system just keeps going... until it finally blows up.

"At least, a monarch - who didn't have to face re-election - would be able to do what needs to be done."

Monday, March 18, 2013

More on the Paul Filibuster

Over at The American Conservative, W. James Antle III reflects on the Rand Paul filibuster. So does Patrick J. Buchanan.


H/T: The Pittsford Perennialist


BTW: Senator Paul wins the CPAC straw poll. So the Daily Paul reports.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Interesting Times...

Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity interviews Jim Rogers on the interesting times ahead – and on what has lead up to them of course (H/T: LewRockwell.com):



And Mr. Rogers on Russia Today:





Peter Schiff also gives his take:



Over at LewRockwell.com, Paul Rosenberg presents his thoughts on financial surveillance.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Russian Summer Ball 2013

The details of the London Russian Summer Ball for 2013 have been released. It's the 18th annual ball in the series. It will take place on Saturday June 29th. It will celebrate the quadricentennial anniversary of the Imperial House of Russia.

Tickets can be applied for.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The War on Cash

Over at LewRockwell.com, Prof. Joseph Salerno gives a few examples from the war on cash. The first quoted story is from yours truly. The story is from last October/September.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Recent Filibuster in D.C.

Ben Swann presents his take on United States Senator Randal Paul's filibuster:



The Pittsford Perennialist has a post on the issue – noting correctly that it was heroic.

Anthony Gregory comments:



On a related note, BTW, if your host blogger were a United States Senator, he would filibuster the confirmation of the Secretary of State on the grounds of opposition to Wilsonian foreign policy, spending a significant amount of speaking time on the virtues of some of what this foreign policy has destroyed – notably the monarchical order.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Failing, Trials, and Gold

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren asks some questions on Wall Street:



Over at the Crawling Road Blog, Craig Rowland gives some thoughts on gold as insurance.


H/T: Ad Orientem

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vendean War

220 years ago, the War in the Vendée commenced.

An excerpt from a recently made movie based on the conflict:



A few posts elsewhere related to January's regicide anniversary:

Friday, March 1, 2013

Swiss Referenda

Yesterday I went to a morning meeting organized by the Norwegian think tank Civita.

The topic was popular referenda, and the main speaker was Mr. Florian Irminger from Switzerland.

Mr. Irminger seems to think that the problem of tyranny of the popular majority can be solved by banning referenda that can curtail the basic human rights of individuals. Thereafter he went on talking about all the “welfare” programs and environmentalist issues, etc. that the people can establish and maintain.

So...

I guess the Swiss will be banned from banning minarets but can still pass all sorts of tax programs and provider state arrangements. No tyranny? Seriously?