Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Gerald Warner:

[I]t should be remembered there is still an untapped resource available for the regeneration of Europe in a reconstituted Habsburg Empire. Hoch Habsburg!

Imperial Germany and Red October

Richard von KühlmannFour score and a dozen years ago today, the German Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard von Kühlmann applauded Lenin's rise to power.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis111 years ago today, C.S. Lewis was born.

We recall some of what C.S. Lewis told us:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig128 years ago today, Stefan Zweig, author of Die Welt von Gestern, was born.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland

The Coat of Arms of 'Congress Poland'Six years short of two centuries ago today, the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland was adopted.

Royal Constitutional Oath

King Haakon VII giving constitutional oathFive score and four years ago today, King Haakon VII gave his constitutional oath.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Queen Maud

Coat of arms of Maud of WalesSeven score years ago today, Maud of Wales, future Queen Consort of Norway, was born.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

German East Africa Surrendered

Seven long dozen years ago today, German East Africa surrendered.

Departed New York

Map of campaigns of the American War for IndependenceEleven score and six years ago today, His Britannic Majesty's forces left New York.

King Haakon VII Arrives

Eight baker's dozen years ago today, King Haakon VII arrived in Christiania.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Johan Scharffenberg

Seven score years ago today, Johan Scharffenberg was born.

Scharffenberg was active in 1905 for the republican cause in the Kingdom of Norway, but at the end of World War II he was behind a move to give more powers to the King.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley46 years ago today, Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, passed away.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Austro-Hungarian Succession

Seven years short of a century ago today, Emperor-King Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary passed away.

Archduke Karl ascended the thrones of the Dual Monarchy.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Jersey and the Bill of Rights

The Great Seal of the State of New JerseyEleven score years ago today, the State of New Jersey ratified the United States Bill of Rights.

Ian Douglas Smith

We mark today's second anniversary of the passing of Ian Douglas Smith.

Archduke Otto 97

The Archduke Otto is today 97 years old.

Happy Birthday to His Imperial and Royal Highness!

SKuKH Erzherzhog Otto

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gettysburg Rhetorics

Mark Twain146 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

On this day we recall the words of Samuel Langhorne Clemens:

Wherefore being all of one mind, we do highly resolve that government of the grafted by the grafter for the grafter shall not perish from the earth.
Remember also some words of Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:
While it is perhaps true that “one cannot fool all the people all the time,” it seems that one can fool millions for centuries.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Norwegian King

Hans Majestet Haakon VII af Guds Naade og efter Rigets Constitution Konge over NorgeEight long dozen years ago today, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Norway proclaimed Prince Carl of Denmark as King of Norway.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Constantinople Departed

Sultan Mehmed VI departs.A long dozen years short of a decade ago today, Sultan Mehmed VI departed Constantinople.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The King's Prime Minister

His Excellency Prime Minister Christian August SelmerSeven years short of two centuries 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, was born.

Prime Minister Selmer met with King Oscar at Sofiero Palace to discuss how to handle the “constitutional crisis.”

Sunday, November 15, 2009

"The Glorious Revolution"

William of Orange at Torbay (Jan Wyck)321 years ago today, the so-called Glorious Revolution commenced, through the landing of William of Orange at Torbay.

Viva o Imperador do Brasil!

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

Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation232 years ago today, the Articles of Confederation were adopted for ratification, submitted to the rebel colonies two days later.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

On Power and Politics

Daniel J. Mahoney: Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of ModernityThe American Conservative reruns a review of Daniel J. Mahoney's Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity.

From the review:

Jouvenel introduces the startling notion, later amplified, that the modern democratic state is potentially the most dangerous regime that has ever existed.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lord Landsdowne

Lord Landsdowne93 years ago today, Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, expressed disagreement with the Allied war effort. About a year later, he wrote (according to the History Channel):

[The] prolongation [of the war] will spell ruin for the civilized world, and an infinite addition to the load of human suffering which already weighs upon it[...]

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Democracy and the Vatican

The Coat of Arms of the Holy SeeJacob G. Hornberger imagines the spread of democracy to the Vatican.

Prince Carl to the Polls

The results of the 1905 Prince Carl referendumEight long dozen years ago today, the polls opened for a two-day referendum opened on the issue of support to inviting Prince Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel of Denmark to the vacant throne of Norway.

The results were roughly 79% yea and 21% nay.

No, Norway did not establish a monarchy in those days, she retained her monarchy.

No, it was not a monarchy versus republic vote, although, admittedly, a nay victory would have strenghtened the republican cause.

Yes, the events in Norway in 1905 were arguably significant in the emasculation of the monarchy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The House of Lords Act 1999

The Palace of WestministerA decade ago today, the House of Lords Act 1999 received Royal Assent.

Eleventh Month, Day, and Hour

S.K.u.K.M. Kaiser und König Karl (Jörg C. Steiner)Seven baker's dozen years ago today, the Great War came to an end. More than four years of brutal killing fortunately came to an end.

Unfortunately, out of the ashes stood an entirely new world as a phoenix. Kaiser Karl renounced his powers. A couple of days later he also did so as King of Hungary.

The new age has given us a lot of troubles; totalitarianism of many flavors, omnipotent and omnipresent government, and civilizational decline.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More Popular Power in Tonga

Royal Palace of TongaA Tongan commission calls for less power for the King. The Scoop so reports.

See also the official statement and the final report.

Links via No Right Turn, where apparently – and wrongly – it is believed that this is a right move.

Turkey Today

The Turkish single-party systemTurkey today marks the passing of Atatürk.

I say mark the passing of Ertuğrul Osman, as have Royal World, The Mad Monarchist, Trond Norén Isaksen, and American Monarchist.

Previously: Atatürk Again

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Red October

Four score and a dozen years ago today, the world was struck by Red October.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Kingdom of Poland

banknote of the Kingdom of Poland93 years ago today, the Kingdom of Poland was reestablished.

Perilous Landslide

1912 election mapEight dozen and a year ago today, the bête noire of this weblog was elected the 28th POTUS in a landslide victory.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

German and Austro-Hungarian Revolutionaries

German revolutionary captured in BavariaSeven long dozen years ago today, revolutionaries were making their way in Austria-Hungary and Germany.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lords Reject Euthanasia

The House of LordsA motion to allow assisted suicide was recently withdrawn in the House of Lords due to its opposition. So Independent Catholic News reports.

H/T: The Western Confucian

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ottoman Sultanate Abolished

Ottoman Ceremonial Barbering CapeA long dozen years short of a century ago today, the Ottoman Sultanate was abolished.

Nicholas II Accession

Nicholas II115 years ago today, Nicholas II ascended to the throne of Russia.

Burkean Reflections

Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in FranceA year short of eleven score years ago today, Edmund Burke had his Reflections on the Revolution in France published.

The Stamp Act

The Stamp ActA dozen score and four years ago today the Stamp Act came into force.

Poll Results: Who Should Have Won the American Founding?

The Anti-Federalist PapersThe results for the poll, asking who should have won the American founding, ending at midnight between September and October, are as follows:

Total votes: 102.

  • The Anti-Federalists: 29 (28 %)
  • The Loyalists: 27 (26 %)
  • Monarchist Secessionists: 21 (20 %)
  • The world would have gone to the dogs no matter what: 15 (14 %)
  • Everything was just fine as it was: 10 (9 %)
A new poll will be up shortly.