The Onion reports:
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In this Norwegian constitutional bicentennial year, 45 years ago today, J.B. Hjort passed away.
J.B. Hjort wrote Justismord (Miscarriage of Justice), where he analyzed amongst others the “trials” against Anne Boleyn, King Charles I of England, Queen Marie Antoinette of France, and Prime Minster Selmer of Norway.
J.B. Hjort also wrote Demokrati og statsmakt (Democracy and State Power), where he addressed although being guilty of abuse of the word democracy the need for checks due to the vices of democracy.
He often wrote in Farmand, and he was an active opponent of a government-“developed” language.
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Two centuries and two baker's dozen years ago today, Arthur Schopenhauer was born.
Schopenhauer was well into the art of controversy. He also had something to say about meritocracy and forms of government:
A peculiar disadvantage attaching to republics — and one that might not be looked for — is that in this form of government it must be more difficult for men of ability to attain high position and exercise direct political influence than in the case of monarchies. For always and everywhere and under all circumstances there is a conspiracy, or instinctive alliance, against such men on the part of all the stupid, the weak, and the commonplace; they look upon such men as their natural enemies, and they are firmly held together by a common fear of them. There is always a numerous host of the stupid and the weak, and in a republican constitution it is easy for them to suppress and exclude the men of ability, so that they may not be outflanked by them. They are fifty to one; and here all have equal rights at the start.
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Two centuries ago today, Prince Christian Frederik met with notables at Carsten Anker's mansion at Eidsvold in Norway to proclaim himself absolute King of Norway. The notables, however, advised him to call a constitutional convention instead, and so it was ordered.
Today is also the official opening of the bicentennial.
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Seven score years ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.
Lt.-Col. Strutt was the British officer who was sent on a mission under the personal initiative of His Britannic Majesty George V to command the protection of the Austro-Hungarian Imperial-Royal Family in its internal exile. The Lt.-Col. scared almost the living daylights out of Dr. Karl Renner, Chancellor of the “Republic of Austria,” so the Imperial-Royal Family could leave without any abdication.
Lt.-Col. Strutt became Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire shortly after this mission.
Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.
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Over at Taki's Magazine, Nicholas James Pell comments on the recent reaction to the neoreactionary blogosphere.
Anarcho-Monarchism also weighs in on the debate.
Writes Wesley Morganston over at Theden:
Enough democratic realism! Democracy has experienced itself, and it is beginning to turn in its verdict. It’s time to start thinking about alternatives.Says Bryce Laliberte:
The problem isn't that democracy failed, but that it hasn't yet.Declares Michael Anissimov:
Professor Poll Results is the modern-day authority standing in for King Mob.Mr. Anissimov also clarifies a bit about monarchy at his blog More Right.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Hong Kong ranks highly on numerous international measurements, with an intelligent population, little corruption, and a high standard of living. So the question begs to be asked: why do you need universal suffrage if everything is functioning excellently? If you’ve got a great working government, who cares how many people can cast a ballot? Especially given democracy’s long track record of destruction and dysfunction, the idea that democracy ought to be foisted off on Hong Kong as a positive development is eminently stupid—unless, of course, you’re a progressive.previous