Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Interregnum of Portugal

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

Viva o Rei!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Quote of the Month

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

We are already living in a republic. We just don’t know it yet. Diana Spencer, perhaps the most brilliant politician of our age, destroyed the British monarchy 20 years ago.


Friday, September 22, 2017

George III Coronation 256

256 (2^8) years ago today, George III of the United Kingdom was crowned.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Olav V Succeeds Haakon VII

Per Bratland: King Haakon VII and Crown Prince Olav looking for shelter in the area of Molde during a German bombing in town in April 194060 years ago today, Crown Prince Olav of Norway, born Prince Alexander Edward Christian Frederik of Denmark, ascended to the ancient throne of St. Olav as King Olav V, upon the demise of his father, King Haakon VII.


Proclaimed Republic

225 years ago today, the First French Republic was proclaimed.

Vive le Roi de la France!

My take on the anniversary at LRC.

Papal Peace Initiative

Carl Baer: Peace Eugenio Pacelli, nuncio in Bavaria Pacelli visits a group of bishopsA century ago today, the Central Powers responded to the peace initiative of Pope Benedict XV.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quote of the Month (August)

Writes Bionic Mosquito:

The end of the war came: Germany was forced to accept all blame for the war. Meanwhile, Britain achieved its objective: progress in Russia would grind to a halt, with the revolutions of 1917 ensuring Russia would remain diverted for quite some time.

The cost? Ten million dead from fighting, half-again from disease. Two-hundred billion dollars spent; European economies shattered. Deficits piled high, empires that dominated the globe destroyed.

Britain had won the battle, if one can refer to the Great War as such within the context of containing Russia; it lost the war.

And it took European civilization down with it.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Oscar II of Sweden and Norway

145 years ago today, King Oscar II ascended the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mencken 137

Painting of H.L. MenckenA century and three dozen years ago today, H.L. Mencken was born.

On the occasion of yesterday's Norwegian parliamentary election, a quote is brought to you:

[E]very election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
In November, the H.L. Mencken Club hosts its 2017 conference – November 3 through 4.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Guillotine Retired

Francisco de Goya y Luciente: The French Penalty40 years ago today, the French Fifth Republic performed execution by the guillotine for the last time.

Anything else in France need retiring?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Independence of Brazil

Five years short of two centuries ago today, the future Emperor Dom Pedro I proclaimed the independence of Brazil.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Passing ot the King's PM

His Excellency Prime Minister Christian August SelmerTwo to the power of seven years ago today, Christian August Selmer, Norwegian Prime Minister of King Oscar II, who fought with His Majesty against the usurping Parliament during the “constitutional crisis” of the 1880s, passed away.

Light Bulbs

Five years ago today, the last phase of the ban against the incandescent light bulb came into force.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Levée en Masse

Claude Nicolas Malapeau/Jean Duplessis-Bertaux: Closing of the Jacobin Club, during the night of 27-28 July 1794, or 9-10 Thermidor, year 2 of the Republic225 years ago today, the levée en masse was established.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Austrian Sapphire Emperor at 187

Nine score and seven years ago today, Archduke Franz Josef was born.

Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kaiser Karl

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

Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Independence of India

Taj Mahal70 years ago today, the Indian Independence Act came into force.

National Day of Liechtenstein

Happy National Day!

Hoch leb' der Fürst vom Land!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Arresting His Majesty

225 years ago today, Louis XVI of France was officially arrested.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book Just Released

The book Grunnlov og frihet: turtelduer eller erkefiender? (translated title: Constitution and Liberty: Lovebirds or Archenemies?), edited by yours truly, was released just this week.

Grunnlov og frihet: turtelduer eller erkefiender?

The book features, amongst others, Cato Institute's Johan Norberg. The overall theme of the book is asking tough, critical questions about the Constitution (of the Kingdom of Norway), liberty and democracy.

We speak where others are silent. We challenge myths. We shake the Norwegian consensus.

Links (mostly in Norwegian) for the book:

Poll Results: What Concept Is Democracy?

The results for the poll asking how the concept of democracy is described, ending at midnight between June and July, are as follows:

Total votes: 9.
  • that the world needs to be made safe from: 7 (77%)
  • that needs to be made safe for the world: 2 (22%)
  • that the world needs to be made safe for: 0 (0%)
  • that needs to be made safe for the world, as well as the world safe for it: 0 (0%)
  • that is safe for the world and the world is safe for: 0 (0%)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuileries Storming at 225

Tuileries Palace in Paris, France, old engraving225 years ago today, the Tuileries Palace was stormed.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quote of the Month (July)

Writes Dr. Michael S. Rozeff over at

No matter what labels we attach to the national government of America, that government has gone steadily downhill for a long, long time. It does almost nothing right. Its intrusions here and overseas are abominable and grow ever-larger. It multiplies its evils continually, seeking out new ones. We have even reached a point where the government in its vast ignorance and hubris keeps raising the risks of nuclear war and World War 3. The government’s meddling serves only narrow business interests, oligarchs, bureaucrats, power-hungry psychopaths, busybodies and opportunists. Its interventions corrupt the people, dumb them down, and make them helpless, dependent, mindless and lazy. Whatever progress has been made by Americans has been in spite of the malefactions of their democratic government or whatever the appropriate labels for this monstrosity are.

Americans should undermine their “democracy”. They should assault it. It needs assaulting. It needs a strong dose of desecration because it has taken on an entirely undeserved role as a sacred institution. The next marches on Washington should be to downsize the government drastically, to end rules and regulations, to cut out bureaus, to end programs, to lay off bureaucrats, and to eliminate whole departments. The New Deal and the subsequent growth of government built upon it need to be understood as extremely harmful to Americans and something to be repudiated. The country needs to engage in a very, very different kind of restructuring of ideas and government, or else continue going downhill.


Quote of the Month (June)

Writes Bionic Mosquito:

Man without any anchor will create an anchor. This anchor was built on the wisdom of “enlightened” man, a foundation of sand. Enlightened man led to the suicide of the West.


Fundamental truths are replaced by fundamental maybes…or maybe nots. Your betters – the “enlightened” – will let you know which is which. Being pragmatists, your betters will feel free to have “right” and “wrong” trade places whenever they find it…pragmatic – meaning, to their benefit. Good luck trying to keep up.

Nietzsche did not live to see this suicide of the West – the Great War. He seemed to know it was coming.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Francis Joseph 187 this Month

As an annual event, Bad Ischl celebrates Austria's Sapphire Emperor, His Late Imperial and Royal Majesty Franz Josef I, around his birthday. This year is his 187th, which is eleven days from now from now – August 18. The festival takes place August 14 thru 19. More details can be found here.

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Great Lion at 108

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

Please feel free to browse previous posts.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bad Ischl 1914

103 years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trondhjem in 1873

A dozen squared years ago today, King Oscar II was crowned King of Norway in Trondhjem Cathedral.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Belloc Passing at 64

Joseph Hilaire Pierre René BellocEight squared years ago today, Hilaire Belloc passed on from this world.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Passing of Edmund Burke

Edmund BurkeEleven score years ago today, Edmund Burke passed away.

Friday, July 7, 2017

King Gyanendra 70

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of NepalHis Majesty King Gyandendra of Nepal is 70 years old today.

Happy Birthday! Long live the Kingdom of Nepal!

Strutt Passing at 69

We mark 69 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.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Constitution by Bayonet

130 years ago today, the Bayonet Constitution was signed.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hong Kong

Twenty years ago today, Hong Kong was handed over to the People's Republic of China.

Dominion Day

Happy Dominion Day, Canada!

150 years since Canada's Confederation today.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Boots on the Ground

Portrait of Hugh A. Ball during his enlistment in the US Army as a WWI soldierA century ago today, American troops arrived in France for duty in the Great War.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trondhjem 1906

111 years ago today, King Haakon VII and Queen Maud were crowned in Trondhjem.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Upcoming Summer Events

The Russian Summer Ball for 2017 is the 22nd annual ball in the series. It will take place on Saturday July 1st.

The Abbeville Institute has a tradition of an annual summer school. This upcoming summer the institute is holding a summer school on Southern identity. The summer school runs from July 9 through 14. It takes place on Seabrook Island, South Carolina. More information can be found here.

The Mises Institute also hosts its annual Mises University July 23 through 29.

We also have an event in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the annual FreedomFest by Dr. Mark Skousen. This year it takes place at Paris Las Vegas, a new location for the annual Las Vegas conference. It is scheduled to run July 19 through 22. This year is the 10th anniversary and the 11th FreedomFest.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Family Conflict

George V of the United Kingdom sweeping away the German titles held by his family. The picture was made after the King decided to abolish all German titles and rename his house from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor.A century ago today, His Britannic Majesty George V changed the name of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the House of Windsor.

Mexican Regicide

150 years ago today, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico was brutally murdered.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day

U.S. Flag Day Poster 1917A century ago today, the bête noire and the Persona Non Grata of this weblog gave a Flag Day address.

Passing of G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton: The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types – the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.Nine squared years ago today, G.K. Chesterton passed from this world.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Duke!

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is 96 today. Born Eight dozen years ago today a Prince of Greece and Denmark.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Badapest 1867

Medium Common Arms of Austria and Hungary150 years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy, established through a compromise, was crowned with the coronation of Their Imperial and Royal Majesties Emperor-King Franz Josef I and Empress-Queen Elisabeth as King and Queen of Hungary.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deposal of a King

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gold Standard Departed

An Ironic Tribute: FDRSeven dozen years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took those United States off the gold standard.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wilhelm II Passing at 76

Huis Doorn, Doorn, Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands76 years ago today, Wilhelm II, German Emperor, passed away.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quote of the Month

Writes Bionic Mosquito:

Such is our lot: legislation and regulation by men wiser than us and wiser than God.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Passing of Captain von Trapp

Kapitän Georg Ritter von TrappSeven decades ago today, Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp passed away.

Friday, May 26, 2017

EvKL Passing at 18

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Family Crest18 years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn passed away.

Please feel free to browse previous posts.

Coronation of Nicholas II

Eleven squared years ago today, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Nicholas II was crowned in Moscow.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jamestown in Virginia

Reconstructed ships at the Jamestown settlement site along the James River in VirginiaA score squared years and a decade ago today (May 14 in the Julian Calendar), Jamestown was established.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Selective Service Act 100

Propaganda musicA century ago today, the United States Selective Service Act was passed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Maria Theresa

Three centuries ago today, Archduchess Maria Theresa, was born to Emperor Charles VI and Empress Elisabeth. Maria Theresa ascended the Habsburg throne in 1740 and was the mother-in-law of Louis XVI of France.

(No, Marie Antoinette was not the last Queen of France.)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Popular Sovereignty – Rather Pure

203 years ago today, the Norwegian Constitutional Convention passed the constitutional provision on constitutional amendments.

This provision was to be subject to much political conflict later in the 19th century. It was argued that a constitutional amendment implicitly needed Royal Assent, and it can certainly be argued that that was part of constitutional law at times.

However, a doctoral thesis from 2011 has unfortunately shown convincingly and with high probability that the intent of the framers was a pure popular sovereignty system when it comes to the constituting (amendments included) authority.

This painting, created by Oscar Wergeland on assignment from a medical doctor on the losing side in the constitutional conflict of the 1870s and 1880s, hangs till this day in Parliament Hall:

Oscar Wergeland: Rigsforsamlingen på Eidsvold 1814

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Zita 125

Five quarters of a century ago today, Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma was born.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trumped for a Hundred Days?

Donald Trump reached one hundred days in office on the hour at 1 PM EDT yesterday. If you count January as his first day, Saturday was his 100th day. Over at Enter Stage Right, I have an essay with my take.

May Day

Things to do today (and you, of course, don't have to limit yourself to one of them):

  • work – preferably in a way that it's obvious to a lot of people that you are working
  • fly your flag on half staff to the memory of the death victims of Communism
  • read The Black Book of Communism
  • read Ludwig von Mises' Socialism
  • read Nima Sanandaji's Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Quote of Month

Writes Mr. Patrick Joseph Buchanan over at

Democracy is increasingly seen as a means to an end, not an end in itself. If democracy doesn’t deliver, dispense with it.

Democracy’s reputation also suffers from the corruption and incompetence of some of its celebrated champions.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

April Theses Let Loose

Where Lenin lived in ZürichA century ago today, the day after his return to Russia, Lenin let the April Theses loose.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Crusade for Democracy

Tottenham Court Road at the junction with Oxford Street. The building on the left was demolished in 1928 to make way for the Dominion Theatre. (Stockholm Transport Museum)A century ago today, David Lloyd George gave an address to the American Club, praising American entry in the war and the crusade for democracy.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Day of Betrayal

I had an article at on this Thursday's centennial of the U.S. declaration of war on Imperial Germany.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Henry Ford Passing

Time Magazine: Henry Ford70 years ago today, Henry Ford passed away. In his autobiography, My Life and Work, he wrote:

Perhaps no word is more overworked nowadays than the word “democracy,” and those who shout loudest about it, I think, as a rule, want it least. I am always suspicious of men who speak glibly of democracy. I wonder if they want to set up some kind of depotism or if they want to have somebody do for them what they ought to do for themselves.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

An Entanglement with Imperial Germany

A century 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.

The United States House of Representatives approved the war resolution on this day, April 6, with 373 against 50 votes (the date is wrong in the video below).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Poll Results: 2017 Will Be the Year of the Revenge of the Deplorables?

deplorable yard sign
The results for the poll asking whether "2017 will be the year of the revenge of the deplorables,” ending at midnight between March and April, are as follows:

Total votes: 11.
  • Yes, indeed!: 5 (45%)
  • No, 2016 was: 3 (27%)
  • I couldn't care less: 2 (18%)
  • No, neither 2016 nor 2017 will have that status: 1 (9%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

U.S. Senate for Going to War

A hundred years ago today, in the federal capital of those United States, the federal Senate voted with 82 votes to declare war on Imperial Germany. Six Senators voted in opposition. Eight Senators were absent or abstaining.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Quote of the Month (March)

Writes Dr. Matthew Dal Santo over at The Spectator Australia:

After seventy years of Bolshevik character assassination, the recognition of the genuine piety of Russia’s last rulers is welcome: the Tsar’s sense of bearing an unsought but sacred duty before God for his peoples is clear enough from his papers.

By contrast, Western tellers of Russia’s Revolution often still seem to delight in the cheap thrills of character assassination, as if they were themselves part of a Petrograd bread riot. Yet there’s a case to be made that the vices they ascribe to Nicholas (‘indecisive’, ‘pathetic’, ‘weak-willed’, ‘uxorious’, ‘superstitious’, ‘stubborn’) should be seen as the reverse side of the redeeming virtues whose absence they will (rightly) denounce in Stalin: the fear of God, humility, restraint, marital fidelity, obedience to conscience, faith.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

An Infamous Speech on the Hill...

A WWI era map of GermanyA century ago today, the bête noire and the Persona Non Grata of this weblog gave his speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Funchal 1922

Julian Ilcheff Borissoff: A five segment panoramical view of Funchal Bay during sunset, taken from Ponta do Garajau (Madeira)Half a dozen years short of a century ago today, Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary passed from this world on the island of Madeira.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Haydn 284

Four squared years short of three centuries ago today*, Franz Joseph Haydn was born.

* There apparently seems to be some uncertainty as to what the exact date was.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ten Years on the Blog

Today is the decennial anniversary of this weblog. Ten years ago today, this blog was launched. It's the tin anniversary.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Change and Progress

Tony Robbins: Change is automatic. Progress is not.

Tony Robbins has said:
Change is automatic. Progress is not.

Bertrand Russell: Change is one thing, progress is another. Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

Bertrand Russell has said (quoted with the image in my LinkedIn essay):
Change is one thing, progress is another. Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
These quotes address the dogma of progress; the belief that progress is inevitable – that we are always progressing. The Whig Theory of History is a theory that history marches onward towards ever higher levels of progress. The theory is misconceived, misguided, and a fallacy!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Soon to Be Released

The forthcoming book of which I am editor is just a few weeks from due release.

The book is titled Grunnlov og frihet: turtelduer eller erkefiender? (translated title: Constitution and Liberty: Lovebirds or Archenemies?).

Grunnlov og frihet: turtelduer eller erkefiender?

I have an essay on LinkedIn reflecting on change and progress on the occasion of opening for pre-orders this week.

More links for the book:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kaiser Karl at Feldkirch

98 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.

Achtundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Leaving Eckartsau

Two 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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Boissonnas & Eggler: His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II of RussiaA century ago today, several Russian regiments defected to the revolutionaries.