Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Arrival in Crushed World

Remi Jouan: Entrée du port militaire de BrestA year short of a century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Indeed a Day of Infamy!

A century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog signed the declaration of war against Austria-Hungary, after having spoken three days earlier.

The motion to declare war passed unopposed in the United States Senate. It was opposed by one honorable United States Representative. This war had become for the Allied Powers almost exclusively – if not entirely – a war to make the world safe for unfettered mass democracy, although the British Empire had to wait a while to have that unleashed upon it.

Previously: A Day of Betrayal; An Entanglement with Imperial Germany; U.S. Senate for Going to War; An Infamous Speech on the Hill...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

King Michael of Romania, RIP

King Michael of Romania (1921-2017). Requiescat in pace!


Monday, December 4, 2017

To Sea to Democratize

Children's playroom in the George Washington luxury steamer, built by the Norddeutsche Lloyd in 1909; Zeitschrift Deutscher Hausschatz, 1910
A year short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog, the Democratizer-In-Chief, set sail aboard the USS George Washington to carve up Europe and make the world safe for Wilsonian mass democracy.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Franz Joseph to the Throne

Eight score and nine years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria commenced.


Bolshevik Peace Agreement

peace, bread, landA century ago today, the Bolsheviks reached an armistice with the Central Powers.

Friday, December 1, 2017

German Commie Support

Second All-Russian Congress of Soviets, which took power in the October RevolutionA century ago yesterday, the German Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard von Kühlmann applauded Lenin's rise to power.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Platinum Anniversary!

To Her Britannic Majesty and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

November 20, 1947: The Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh

Archduke Otto 105

Today marks the 104rd birthday of the late Archduke Otto of Austria – the sixth after his passing.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy 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!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Brazil 128 Years Ago

Two to the power of seven years ago today, Emperor Pedro II was deposed.



128 years of interregnum is far more than enough!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Poll Results: Are Constitution and Liberty Lovebirds or Archenemies?

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The results for the poll asking whether Constitution and liberty are lovebirds or archenemies, ending at midnight between September and October, are as follows:

Total votes: 3.
  • mostly archenemies: 2 (66%)
  • essentially half-way [in-]between: 1 (33%)
  • absolutely lovebirds: 0 (0%)
  • absolutely archenemies: 0 (0%)
  • mostly lovebirds: 0 (0%)
  • concepts completely unrelated: 0 (0%)
  • couldn't care less: 0 (0%)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Queen Lili'uokalani

A century and two days ago today, Lili'uokalani, Queen of Hawai'i passed on.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Armistice at 99

A year short of a century ago today, the guns of the Great War fell silent.



This also marks the end of German-speaking monarchy, save Liechtenstein.

Neunundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Luther 500

95 theses, 1517Half a millennium ago today (October 31 in the Julian Calendar), Martin Luther initiated the Reformation.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Red October Centennial

A century ago today, the world was hit by Red October. The Bolsheviks committed a coup against the Kerensky provisional government. And no, Lenin was no Mr. Nice Guy!







Dr. Gary North on the centennial.

Please feel free to read my article from 2005.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Quote of the Month (October)

Over at the PanAm Post, Dr. José Azel writes:

[I]t was during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency that the concepts of freedom and democracy were corrupted beyond recognition in American politics. Roosevelt introduced the aberrant argument that freedom hinges on government. In this view of democracy, as long as government responds to the people, it does not matter how much the government restricts freedoms; the people are free.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Halloween (photo: Toby Ord)If you could find a way to dress up as the power of the modern constitutional, pervasive State, you would scare the living craps out of all the neighbors.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Brazil at War against Germany

BrazilA century ago today, Brazil (the interregnal government) joined the Allied Powers.

Oscar II Abdicates

A century and a dozen 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.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Benjamin Constant

Benjamin ConstantA quarter of a millennium ago today, Benjamin Constant was born.

Selected reading:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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 LewRockwell.com:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.