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.