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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Uprising in St. Petersburg

A century ago today, the February Revolution broke out in the Russian Imperial capital.


Today is Redstockings Day.

Are you a misogynist for not wanting to send women to the front? Are you a misogynist for being a gentleman and walking closest to the road? Are you a misogynist for not wanting your kid to spend his days in a daycare center?

Previously: Redstockings...

Monday, March 6, 2017


I am on Twitter.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bertrand de Jouvenel Passing at 30

Bertrand de JouvenelThree decades ago today, Bertrand de Jouvenel passed away.

Over at, Bionic Mosquito has a series of articles on the late Bertrand de Jouvenel:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Jeff Deist over at Mises Wire:

It’s time to call a spade a spade. All of this angst hardly comports with our supposed reverence for democracy. Again, Trump handily and fairly won a democratic election just three months ago. If he’s the devil, a wrecking ball that cannot be stopped by the other branches of government, then our entire constitutional system and its democratic mechanisms are defective. Why doesn’t the #neverTrump movement take its arguments to their logical conclusion, and insist an electorate that would install Donald Trump never be allowed to vote again or have any say in organizing society?

The reality is becoming clear, even as it remains uncomfortable for many: democracy is a sham that should be opposed by all liberty-loving people. Voting and elections confer no legitimacy whatsoever on any government, and to the extent a democratic political process replaces outright war it should be seen as only slightly less horrific.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zimmermann Telegram Centennial

A century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog learned of the Zimmermann Telegram.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stefan Zweig Passing

Street named after Stefan Zweig in Rio de Janeiro75 years ago today, Stefan Zweig, author of Die Welt von Gestern, passed from this world.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Birthday, King Harald V!

Today marks the 80th birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Written Emasculation

The Norwegian ParliamentA decade ago today, the Norwegian Parliament unanimously passed a Constitutional Amendment to include parliamentarism in the written Constitution.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Exciting Times

The Broken Window FallacyOn the occasion of the ending week's annual address of the Governor of Norges Bank, yours truly addressed some issues (in Norwegian), as last year.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Your Serene Highness!

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 72nd birthday!

Draft for a League of Nations

Two years short of a century ago today, a draft covenant for the League of Nations was presented by the bête noire of this weblog.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Strutt at 143

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSOSeven score and three years ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quote of the Month (January)

Writes Mr. Theodore Harvey over at his weblog Royal World:

[B]etween 1910 and 1979, which is to say within less than an average modern Western human lifespan, monarchies in the Eastern Hemisphere fell every few years, transforming half of the globe from a world in which Monarchy was very much the norm (France, Switzerland, San Marino, and Liberia being originally the only exceptions) to one in which it is sadly very much the exception and republics (whether democratic or authoritarian) are widely assumed by Left and "Right" alike to be the "default" form of government. We must live in hope that the errors of those catastrophic seven decades may one day be reversed.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Blue Sapphire Monarch

65 years ago today, Her Britannic Majesty ascended the throne at Treetops. This marks the Blue Sapphire Jubilee.

Her Britannic Majesty is the first Britannic Monarch to reach this milestone. Amongst European kingdoms and empires, she is one of the first to do so, without a minority, second only to Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Imperial Germany Break

The Coat of Arms of German Empire 1871-1918A century ago today, those United States broke diplomatic relations with Imperial Germany.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Crown Prince Rudolf Passing

Two to the power of seven years ago today, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary passed brutally from this world at Mayerling.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Sage of Baltimore

61 years ago today, H.L. Mencken, great critic of democracy, passed away.

Friday, January 27, 2017

A German Prince Born

158 years ago today, then future Emperor Wilhelm II was born.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Conference to Reshape the World

98 years ago today, the Paris Peace Conference opened, four dozen years on the day after the proclamation of the German Empire in the halls of Versailles, in France.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Big Four" Assembled

98 years ago today, the big leaders of the Entente met in Paris.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Archduke Karl at 56

Today is the birthday of the Archduke Karl, head of the House of Habsburg. 56 years ago today he was born to Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina.

Happy Birthday, Your Imperial and Royal Highness!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Poll Results: Nostalgia and Opposition to the Dogma of Unmitigated Progress

The results for the poll asking whether “[n]ostalgia and opposition to the dogma of unmitigated progress are two different things,” ending at midnight between the years 2016 and 2017, are as follows:

Total votes: 15.
  • yes: 15 (100%)
  • no: 0 (0%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fourteen Points at 99

97 years ago today, the bête noire of this weblog issued hisFourteen Points.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tolkien at 125

Five quarters of a century ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien was born.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Prosit 2017

As we enter a new year, I wish all readers and occasional bypassers a happy new year.

Enjoy from Kaiserstadt Wien: