Soviet Communism, too, talked incessantly about being “on the right side of history”; of ultimate, global victory being “inevitable”.
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
Ironically, Jouvenel observed, what made the state so dangerous in modern times was precisely what to most people gave to it its legitimacy: democracy. To many, this recognition of the dark side of democracy rendered Jouvenel’s thought suspect, at best.Professor Frohnen writes further:
The greatest danger in democratic times, Jouvenel (like Tocqueville) saw, was the emptying out of society of all the institutions and communities in which people actually live. The resulting landscape of atomized individuals and the state, the mode of society propounded by too many who claim to seek the protection of individual “rights,” would spell the end of liberty, and of any decent social order. Too often overlooked by many libertarians, the “makeweights” of social institutions (including, of course, the church) were necessary for both human flourishing itself and for the cabining of political power within the bounds necessary for any decent society.
The choice of the people belongs to men who command attention, who attract respect, who have acquired the right to esteem, confidence, and popular recognition. And these more energetic men will also be be moderate. People always take mediocrity as peaceful. It is peaceful only when it is locked up. When chance invests it with power, it is a thousand times more incalculable in its motion, more envious, more obstinate, more immoderate, and more convulsive than talent, even when emotions lead the latter astray.
Eleven decades and a year ago today, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, who stood up against the rising age of democracy, passed on from this world.
I read his two-volume work Democracy and Liberty from start to end not too long ago. One of his many insights are:
No danger in representative government was deemed greater than that it should degenerate into a system of veiled confiscation—one class voting the taxes which another class was compelled to pay.
Over at Enter Stage Right, says Mr. Tom Harris and Dr. Bob Carter:
But he [Mr. DiCaprio] has identified the wrong monster. The real one is the climate scare something DiCaprio promotes with his sensationalist, error-riddled movie. That is the real threat to civilization.
For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.
The Swiss are to vote on gold and money this upcoming November 30.
Mr. Lukas Reimann, member of the National Council from the Canton of St. Gall, has given this speech in favor of the Swiss gold initiative (English subtitles):
Those who thought that getting rid of the Hohenzollerns and the other German dynasties and bringing in the age of the common man were, of course, to be in for a very nasty shock when they saw what the common man could, and indeed did, turn out to be like.
Over at LewRockwell.com, writes Dr. Michael S. Rozeff:
The White House lawyers create their own judicial and legal interpretations so as to give the presidents what they want as justifications for their wars, their torture, their assassinations, their anti-constitutional activities, and their executive orders.Also at LewRockwell.com, Mr. Patrick J. Buchanan gives his thoughts on the RMS Lusitania.
Tocqueville expresses discomfort of how best to call this kind of government, since at all times in the past, a tyranny implied a form of government imposed by force upon a people against their will. But this new specter, “democratic despotism,” arises through the invitation and desires of the democratic citizenry itself.The Mad Monarchist most fortunately ends his strike and gives accounts of the British and Russian armies of World War I.