Thursday, December 31, 2015

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 excellent job at opposing the global presence of the federal government of those United States that is at the core of the Wilsonian world order. The awardee is the author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State, which was published in 2014 and had its first full year of sales in 2015 – and had a new edition published in 2015. He also featured in the film Citizenfour.

The 2015 WRU Unplugger of the Year is:

Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald

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Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Theodore Harvey:

Democracy, especially republican democracy, is the problem. It will never be the solution.

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Money at Year's End

Some view points at LewRockwell.com:

  • Jim Rogers warns of the development ahead.
  • Doug Casey makes the case for gold, saying:
    Keep these things in mind, though, as you listen to the current blather from talking heads about where gold is going. Most of them are just journalists, reporters that are parroting what they heard someone else say. And the “someone else” is usually a political apologist who works for a government. Or a hack economist who works for a bank, the IMF, or a similar institution with an interest in the status quo of the last few generations. You should treat almost everything you hear about finance or economics in the popular media as no more than entertainment.
  • Claudio Grass gives an outlook for the year ahead, proclaiming:
    Looking to the future, it seems that the current situation will continue to get worse and that we are headed towards an Orwellian state, under which no one is entitled to his financial privacy anymore.
  • Mark Nestmann reports on bank secrecy and Switzerland.
The Daily Telegraph reports on an interesting upcoming Swiss referendum on banking (H/T: LRC).

Peter Schiff:



Jim Rogers:



Jim Grant:



Marc Faber:


Political Correctness

Over at LewRockwell.com, Dr. Thomas Sowell and Mr. Jeff Deist debunk political correctness.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hungarian Coronation

A year short of a century ago today, the latest coronation in Hungary took place.


Monday, December 28, 2015

In Virginia

Ben Schumin: Staunton Amtrak Station, Commonwealth of VirginiaA year short of eight score years ago today, the bête noire and the Persona Non Grata of this weblog was born.

Says “Foseti” in a comment:

What do we have to do to get a post on the removal of your bete noire from his alma mater?

The reactionary/progressive alliance must be able to agree on something[.]
Well, I don't know about that. Although I can see his point, it's a double-edged sword. The ongoing fuss about ousting names of leaders of old is in the end all about ousting views that today are unfashionable. If this ousting crusade is taken to its full extent, all but everyone revered at this weblog will be ousted. We won't be “allowed” to express those viewpoints either, such as that Rhodesia was better than Zimbabwe (cf. a recent comment). The bête noire will never be ousted for his crusade for democracy as long as the God Demos reigns supreme. That being said, I guess I won't mind a few scratches in the lacquer of this “secular saint.”

Also, over at LRC, John V. Denson quotes Stanley Weintraub in a counterfactual scenario:
Wilson, who would not be campaigning for reelection in 1916 on a platform that he kept America out of war, would have lost (he only won narrowly) to a powerful new Republican president, Charles Evans Hughes.
Furthermore, Denson says:
The last chapter of Weintraub’s book is entitled “What If— ?” This is counterfactual history at its best and he sets out what he believes the rest of the twentieth century would have been like if the soldiers had been able to cause the Christmas Truce of 1914 to stop the war at that point. Like many other historians, he believes that with an early end of the war in December of 1914, there probably would have been no Russian Revolution, no Communism, no Lenin, and no Stalin. Furthermore, there would have been no vicious peace imposed on Germany by the Versailles Treaty, and therefore, no Hitler, no Nazism, and no World War II. With the early truce there would have been no entry of America into the European War and America might have had a chance to remain, or return, to being a Republic rather than moving toward World War II, the “Cold” War (Korea and Vietnam), and our present status as the world bully.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

Enjoy from the Kaiserstadt:







Romanov Christmas memories:


Truce at the Trenches

101 years ago, the first Christmas Truce of the Great War took place.




Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary

178 years ago today, Elisabeth of Bavaria was born.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas in Rhodesia

Mr. John Edmond sings Christmas in Rhodesia:


Friday, December 18, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gallipoli Evacuated

Map of the Dardanelles drawn by G.F. Morrell, 1915A century ago today, British forces started a full retreat from Gallipoli.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

To Design a Continent

Chateau de Brest97 years ago today, the bête noire of this blog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Russian "Absolutism"

I was at a meeting last week on Russian history at the National Archives of Norway.

The main speaker, a Norwegian author of a trilogy on Russian history, whose first volume was recently published, made some comparisons between the Stalinist and Tsarist regimes.

He got off too easily on the issue of total political power as an inherited feature in Russian political culture from Tsarist Russia.

Said Nicholas Henshall in his The Myth of Absolutism:

There is growing dissatisfaction with the belief among Western historians that Russia was an Asian despotism alien to the traditions of European monarchy.
Matthew Raphael Johnson wrote in his book The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy:
[T]he English language historical literature on Russia merely rehashes 90-year-old Bolshevik propaganda and calls it history.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Oscar II Passed

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


Monday, December 7, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

To Sea for God Demos

Cabin for 1st Class passengers of the George Washington luxury steamer, built by the Norddeutsche Lloyd in 1909
Three years short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to carve up Europe and make the world safe for God Demos.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Emperor Francis Joseph

Three years short of seventeen decades ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria commenced.




Monday, November 30, 2015

Quote of the Month

Over at the Mail on Sunday, Mr. Peter Hitchens says:

Real conservatives are in favour of all kinds of unelected power and authority.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Archduke Otto at 103

Today marks the 103rd birthday of the late Archduke Otto of Austria – the fifth after his passing.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Monaco National Day

The Principality of Monaco, one of two monarchies in Europe where the monarch can actually in any meaningful way be said to still be ruling, celebrates her National Day.

Congratulations! Especially to the Princely Family and the people and residents of Monaco! And good wishes for the arrived heirs in the past year!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quote of the Month (October)

Over at the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, writes Mr. Caleb McMillan:

[I]t’s never a bad time for Canadians to restore their distrust in democracy.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Brazilian Interregnum at 126

Six score and six years ago today, Emperor Pedro II was deposed.



126 years of interregnum is far more than enough!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Marie Antoinette at 260

Caroline, Archduchess of Austria Double portrait with her ​​sister Marie Antoinette (in pink dress). Watercolor on ivory by Antonio Pencini to in 1764. Vienna, Hofburg260 years ago today, Archduchess Maria Antonia was born.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Reflections at 225

Nine quarters of a century ago today, Edmund Burke had his Reflections on the Revolution in France appropriately published.


Stamp Act at 250

Newspaper posting of Stamp ActA quarter of a millennium ago today, the Stamp Act was enacted.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Halloween (photo: Toby Ord)If I could find a way to dress up as the illusion of self-government revealed, I could scare the wits and the crap out of all the neighbors.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jane Addams Pens

Sociologist, suffragette, social worker, philosopher, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, in 1924 or 1926 (Bain News Service)100 years ago today, Jane Addams wrote to the Persona Non Grata of this blog, arguing the dangers of preparing for war.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Union Dissolved

110 years ago today, King Oscar II abdicated the ancient throne of St. Olav, formally ending the union of Sweden and Norway, being a step on the march towards ever increasing democracy.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ortega y Gasset Passed

60 years ago today, José Ortega y Gasset passed from this world.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Faber on the Money


Monday, October 12, 2015

Quote of the Month (September)

Over at Eric Peters Autos, writes Mr. Eric Peters:

Democracy is an incredibly successful long con.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Poll Results: Kicking the Can Down the (Financial/Monetary Policy) Road Is a Consequence Of?

kicking the can down the road
The results for the poll asking what “[k]icking the can down the (financial/monetary policy) road is a consequence of,” ending at midnight between September and October, are as follows:

Total votes: 15.
  • democracy: 11 (73%)
  • democracy getting out of hand: 4 (26%)
  • neither: 0 (0%)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Interregnum of Portugal at 105

105 years ago today, the interregnal government of Portugal commenced.



Viva o Rei!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mencken at 135

Painting of H.L. Mencken135 years ago today, H.L. Mencken was born.

In November, the H.L. Mencken Club hosts its 2015 conference – November 6 through 7.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Surpassing

Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today reigned for 23,226 days, equal to the number of days Queen Victoria reigned.


Monday, September 7, 2015

A.J.P. Taylor Passing

25 years ago today, historian A.J.P. Taylor passed away.


Brazil 1822

On this date in 1822, the future Emperor Dom Pedro I proclaimed the independence of Brazil.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Quote of the Month

Over at Taki's Magazine, writes Mr. Theodore Dalrymple:

[W]hile ugliness is democratic, being within the reach of all, beauty is aristocratic or at least elitist, being available to only a minority even in the best of circumstances.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Act of Union

Union arms of Sweden and Norway200 years ago today, the Act of Union was given Royal Assent.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dinner...

Democracy: Whatever the Majority Wants

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Franz Josef Born

15 years short of two centuries ago today, Archduke Franz Josef was born.





Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Monday, August 17, 2015

An Archduke Born

128 years ago today, Archduke Charles of Austria – later Emperor-King – was born.





Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Liechtensteiner Nationaltag

Happy National Day!





Hoch leb' der Fürst vom Land!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Japanese Surrender

Emperor Shōwa; Hirohito70 years ago today, Japanese surrender was announced.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Schiff on the Money


Monday, August 10, 2015

Donald Trump

I was in the audience when Donald Trump spoke at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Saturday July 11.

I am reminded that Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn warned us against being ruled by merchants.

If elected, will he be better than his predecessors? Perhaps, but I am skeptical. From a show perspective, he certainly is refreshing.

Indeed he talks about immigration as a problem, which “no one else” talks about, but legal immigration is also a problem.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Quote of the Month

Over at Gary North's Specific Answers, writes Dr. Gary North:

Lots of people celebrate July 4. I do not.

The Declaration of Independence justified armed secession. It was signed by a handful of lawyers on July 4, 1776. Secession was a way of transferring a great deal of power to colonial legislatures, where most of these lawyers were members. It was a way of replacing governors appointed by the King with governors elected by men of the colonies.

Then the law of unintended consequences once again made itself felt: higher taxes, hyperinflation, price controls, default on state debts, and (in 1788) a new centralized government that dwarfed the power of the British Empire's distant sovereignty in 1776. Finally, a new firm of democracy arose, a democracy of nine Supreme Court justices. The sovereignty of “we the people” – the most rhetorically powerful and most misleading phrase in American history – morphed into the sovereignty of five justices.

Surprise, surprise – but not to the Anti-Federalists of 1787, and surely not to the loyalists of 1776, who had their property stolen by the new governments after 1783. A hundred thousand of them were in Canada in 1788, living under a far less centralized government.

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Schiff on the Money Madness


The Lion of Lans at 106

106 years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was born.

Please feel free to browse previous posts.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tocqueville at 210

Ten score and ten years ago today, Count Alexis de Tocqueville was born.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bad Ischl 101 Years Ago

101 years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. That fateful day concluded the July Crisis, with the July Ultimatum and its response. The drama of the following week was to turn the conflict into a full-blown European war.

The Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl

Monday, July 27, 2015

Austrian Independence Treaty at 60

Christoph Lingg: Occupation zones in Austria 1945-55Six decades ago today, the Austrian Independence Treaty came into force. Post-WWII occupation was over. One of the provisions read:

Austria shall have a democratic government based on elections by secret ballot and shall guarantee to all citizens free, equal and universal suffrage as well as the right to be elected to public office without discrimination as to race, sex, language, religion or political opinion.
And yes, then there is this:
Austria further undertakes to maintain the law of 3rd April, 1919, concerning the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Poll Results: What Kind of Head of State Is Better?

King, Queen, and Crown Prince
The results for the poll asking “[w]hat kind of head of state is better,” ending at midnight between June and July, are as follows:

Total votes: 32.
  • A hereditary one: 30 (93%)
  • An elected one, because it really is better: 1 (3%)
  • An elected one, because it gives me a feeling of having a say: 1 (3%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Good Intentions...

Dr. Ron Paul and Mr. Daniel McAdams:


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Francis Joseph 185 Next Month

As an annual event, Bad Ischl celebrates Austria's Diamond Emperor, His Late Imperial and Royal Majesty Franz Josef I, around his birthday. This year is his 185th, which is in exactly four weeks – August 18. The festival takes place August 14 thru 19. More details can be found here.






Sunday, July 12, 2015

1790 and the French Clergy

France: The Civil Constitution of the ClergyA century, a score, and five years ago today, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy was passed.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Strutt Passing at 67

We mark 67 years since the passing of this weblog's icon, or mascot if you will, Lt.-Col. Strutt.



Please feel free to browse posts on this great officer.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quote of the Month

Over at Taki's Magazine, writes Mr. Theodore Dalrymple:

Perhaps we should just accept that ours is not the age of the palace—equality is an ideal that is so universal nowadays that the very idea of a palace is anathema—and agree never to build one again anywhere. There could be international agreement on this, something akin to the treaty limiting the spread of nuclear weapons: the Non-Proliferation of Palaces Treaty.

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Parliament Gets the Blame

John Roque's 1746 map, Palace of Westminster240 years ago today, the Continental Congress attacked parliamentary policy – not His Britannic Majesty.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Schiff Meets Bernanke



And more from Mr. Peter Schiff:


Sarajevo Assassination

A century and a year ago today, the assasination in Sarajevo took place.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Naseby

Plaque of the Battle of Naseby370 years ago today (June 14 in the Julian Calendar), the Battle of Naseby took place.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rand Paul and the Surveillance State

Not too long ago on Fox News:


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Peter Schiff and Mike Maloney...

On Gold:


Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Events this Summer

The Rockford Institute has a tradition of an annual summer school. This upcoming summer the institute is holding a summer school on the age of Homer. The summer school runs from July 7 to 11. It takes place in Rockford, Illinois. More information can be found here.

Another event takes place somewhere else in those United States, namely in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the annual FreedomFest by Dr. Mark Skousen. This year it takes place at Planet Hollywood. It is scheduled to run July 8 through July 11. One of the most interesting elements at this year's FreedomFest is a mock trial against the Federal Reserve.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vienna 1815

Map of Europe agreed by the Congress of ViennaTwo centuries ago today, the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna was signed.

A Secretary of State Resigns

William Jennings BryanA century ago today, William Jennings Bryan, United States Secretary of State, resigned due to opposition against the President's fierce tone against Imperial Germany.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Return of a King

70 years ago today, His Majesty King Haakon VII returned to Oslo after 62 months.


A King Deposed

Coat of Arms of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway
110 years ago today, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Norway moved to depose the King – Oscar II.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

At Huis Doorn

His Imperial Majesty Wilhelm II74 years ago today, Wilhelm II, German Emperor, passed away.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Quote of the Month

Over at his MailOnline blog, Mr. Peter Hitchens says:

Well, we have had a reflective and passionless revolution which had no intention of being either observed or interrupted, let alone reversed, so we are a country full of empty shells, still looking as they did, but emptied of all meaning.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Spengler

135 years ago today, Oswald Spengler was born.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EvKL Passing at 16

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Family Crest16 years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn passed away.

His work is indeed needed in this day and age, and comes in handy as the world get deeper and deeper into its belief in democratism and the problems it causes.

Over at Counter-Currents Publishing, Alexander Jacob reviews the thinking of the late Austrian nobleman.

Please feel free to browse previous posts.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Russian Summer Ball 2015

The details of the London Russian Summer Ball for 2015 have been released. It's the 20th annual ball in the series. It will take place on Saturday June 20th.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Austrian Independence Treaty of 1955

Karl Gruber: Austrian State Treaty, signatures of the five minsters and chancellor, exhibition 2005 at the Schallaburg60 years ago today, the Austrian Independence Treaty was signed. One of the provisions read:

Austria shall have a democratic government based on elections by secret ballot and shall guarantee to all citizens free, equal and universal suffrage as well as the right to be elected to public office without discrimination as to race, sex, language, religion or political opinion.
And yes, then there is this:
Austria further undertakes to maintain the law of 3rd April, 1919, concerning the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

RMS Lusitania

A century ago today, a justification statement for the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, a century and a day ago today, was issued.










Elsewhere: Ad-Orientem

Liberation Day

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hayek on Keynes

Nobel Memorial Laureate Prof. Dr. Friedrich August von Hayek talks about Lord Keynes:


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sowell on Entitlements

Dr. Thomas Sowell gives his take on entitlements and other issues:


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Faber and Grant



H/T: LewRockwell.com

Monday, May 4, 2015

The War on Cash

A 'stack' of bills with 3 $100 bills on the outside, a $50 bill, and many other $20 bills on the inside. Notice the different colored bills.Over at Doug Casey's International Man, Dr. Joseph Salerno is interviewed about the war on cash.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Churchill and Gallipoli

NASA: Gallipoli in Turkey from spaceOver at LewRockwell.com, Eric Margolis examines Churchill and military operations in the Dardanelles.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Randoms from April

Over at LewRockwell.com, writes Dr. Paul Craig Roberts:

Any American who thinks that he lives in a free country is delusional. He has no protection against roving gangs of goon thugs, and the state has license to steal his children. If America is a free country, I would hate to contemplate an unfree country.
Over at his weblog Royal World, pens Mr. Theodore Harvey:
The catastrophic destruction of cultural heritage in Nepal, along with the loss of human life, is horrible indeed, but I wish that more people could come to see the abolition of an ancient monarchy, as happened in Nepal seven years ago, as being just as tragic a cultural loss as this, though far more preventable.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrated her 75th last month. At a press event Her Majesty protested a reporter addressing her informally, discussed at the Royal Forums.

Friday, May 1, 2015

It's that Day Again...

for celebration of socialism:




Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quote of the Month

Over at the Mail on Sunday, Mr. Peter Hitchens says:

Imagine what would happen to a restaurant which, when you ordered steak, took an age to bring you a plate of lukewarm baked beans, accompanied by a platoon of spin doctors to tell you that this is what you really wanted, and to point out that the establishment next door was even worse?

I have an idea. At every future Election, there should be a slot, at the top of each ballot paper, in which we can put a cross against ‘None of the below’.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gallipoli

A century ago today, the land invasion of Gallipoli commenced.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Queen Margrethe 75

Happy birthday to Her Majesty Margrethe II, by the grace of God, Queen of Denmark!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Schiff on Stossel


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Poll Results: When Will We See the Next European Monarchical Restoration?

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The results for the poll, with the question “When will we see the next European monarchical restoration?,” ending at midnight between March and April, are as follows:

Total votes: 27.
  • in the next ten years: 10 (37%)
  • in 10 - 20 years: 4 (14%)
  • in 20 - 50 years: 3 (11%)
  • in 50 - 100 years: 3 (11%)
  • in more than 100 years: 3 (11%)
  • never: 3 (11%)
  • The question is irrelevant.: 1 (3%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Address to the Army

150 years ago today, General Robert E. Lee addressed the Army of Northern Virginia for the last time, having surrendered the army on the previous day.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

General Lee Surrendered

150 years ago today, General Robert Edward Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House in the Old Dominion, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the behemoth that was to run around the world “making it safe for democracy” rose as a phoenix from the ashes of the war.


Attack on Norway

75 years ago today, the Kingdom of Norway came under attack.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Santelli on Gold


Monday, April 6, 2015

War Declared

98 years ago today, the bête noire of this blog signed the war declaration passed by the Congress of those United States for a formal state of war with Imperial Germany.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!








Note: Holy Week is not Easter Week.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bismarck

Philipp Petri: Otto von BismarckTwo centuries ago today, Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck was born.

He united Germany and hence ended the old decentralized Germany. He is known to have said:

Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — that was the error of 1848 and 1849 — but by iron and blood.

Madeira 93 Years Ago

Funchal, MadeiraFour score and a baker's dozen years ago today, Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary passed from this world on the island of Madeira.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quote of the Month

Dr. Marc Faber has been interviewed by The Daily Bell. When asked to point at a functioning democracy, he says:

That I don't know but everybody thinks that every dictator is evil. In Asia, we've had very fast growth in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore under non-democratic regimes. Even today in Singapore you have some kind of democracy but not a true democracy. In Hong Kong we don't have democracy; it hasn't ever been there for the last 150 years.

I don't know. I'm just saying that to sit there and say democracy is the best system in the whole world is maybe not the correct view.

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Randoms of March

Over at LewRockwell.com, says Dr. Thomas Sowell:

[Lee Kuan Yew's] example was especially striking in view of many in the West who seem to think that democracy is something that can be exported to countries whose history and traditions are wholly different from those of Western nations that evolved democratic institutions over the centuries.
Also at LewRockwell.com, writes Prof. Walter E. Williams:
The Economist magazine recently published “What’s gone wrong with Democracy … and what can be done to revive it?” The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That’s a popular misconception.
Over at Target Liberty expresses Mr. Robert Wenzel:
Oh yeah, this really improves the functioning of government. Argentina, the Congo and Greece are among the 22 countries that coerce people into voting.
Over at The American Conservative, Prof. Kevin R.C. Gutzman reviews F.H. Buckley's The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America and Eric Nelson's Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding.

Santelli Worried




H/T: The Daily Paul

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bronze Anniversary

Today is the octennial anniversary of this weblog. Eight years ago today, this blog was launched.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jules Verne

Born in the same year as Henrik Ibsen, Jules Verne passed on 110 years ago today.



Amongst his works are The Eternal Adam.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Departure from the Homeland

Feldkirch Bahnhof 1899Eight dozen years 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 icon 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.

Sechsundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind genug!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Departure from Eckartsau

Kaiserliches Jagdchloß Eckartsau (photo by J.K. Baltzersen, September 18, 2011)Four 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.