Sunday, January 31, 2010

Quote of the Month

Writes “Deogolwulf” at his eloquent weblog The Joy of Curmudgeonry:

It is funny when ministers and parliamentarians make a promise of treating the voting public like grown-ups and responsible adults; it is just the kind of language to use when one wishes to flatter children and adolescents.

Poll Results: What Is the Best Way to Counter Democratism?

work on one's own free timeThe results for the poll, asking what is the best way to counter democratism, ending at midnight between 2009 and 2010, are as follows:

Total votes: 55.

  • Work on one's free time for the cause: 28 (50%)
  • Run for elected office countering democratism: 10 (18%)
  • Democratism is just fine: 10 (18%)
  • Have a professional organization take care of the business: 7 (12%)
A new poll will be up soon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crown Prince Rudolf

121 years ago today, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary passed brutally from this world.

Maryland and the Confederation

The Province of Maryland229 years ago today, the Province of Maryland ratified the Articles of Confederation.

Charles I Trial Commences

Three dozen decades and a year ago today (January 20 in the Julian Calendar), what is called the trial of Charles I commmenced.

“I do stand more for the liberty of my people, than any here that come to be my pretended judges.”

Friday, January 29, 2010

H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken: Notes on Democracy54 years ago today, H.L. Mencken passed away.

George III

Johann Zoffany: George III of the United KingdomA decade short of two centuries ago today, George III of the United Kingdom passed on.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ludvig Holberg

Ludvig HolbergA quarter of a millennium and six years ago today, Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg passed away.

He was the author of – amongst many other works – The Political Tinker, which made fun of know-nothing people wanting influence in politics. Can we imagine what he would have thought of universal suffrage?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

German Strikers

Four score and a dozen years ago today, German workers prepared to strike.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A quarter of a millennium and four years ago today, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.

Wilhelm II

Wilhelm II, German Emperor, King of Prussia151 years ago today, then future Kaiser Wilhelm II was born.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Fundamental Orders"

Colony of Connecticut371 years ago today (Jan 14 in the Julian Calendar), the first American colonial constitution, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, was adopted.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Roman von Ungern-Sternberg

Baron Roman Nickolai Maximilian von Ungern-SternbergA century and two dozen years ago today, Baron Roman Nickolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg was born.

"Peace without Victory"

The Great War93 years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog delivered his “peace without victory” speech.

1905 Russian Revolution

Bloody Sunday105 years ago today, Bloody Sunday took place in St. Petersburg.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Norwegian Prince Born

Anders Zorn: Oscar IINine score and a year ago today, Prince Oscar Frederik of Sweden and Norway was born to Crown Prince Oscar and Crown Princess Josephine.

King Louis XVI

Antoine-François Callet: Portrait of Louis XVI of France217 years ago today, King Louis XVI of France was brutally killed.

Jefferson Davis Leaves Congress

Jefferson DavisSeven score and nine years ago today, Jefferson Davis resigned as United States Senator.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

1871 and 1919

Anton von Werner: Crowning of Wilhelm I to Emperor of Germany, in VersaillesSeven long dozen years ago today, the Versailles Peace Conference commenced in France, four dozen years on the day after the German Empire was proclaimed.


Montesquieu321 years ago today, Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu was born.

Arrested Royal Governor

Savannah, Georgia234 years ago today, the Royal Governor of Georgia was arrested.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Flee of the Shah

The Shah of Iran31 years ago today, the Shah of Iran fled.

Charles I on Trial

The trial of Charles I361 years ago today (January 6 in the Julian Calendar), the Rump Parliament voted to put Charles I on trial.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Charles I – Arrest Attempt

Sir Anthony van Dyck: Portrait of King Charles I in the robes of the Order of the GarterThree dozen decades and eight years ago today (January 4 in the Julian Calendar), Charles I attempted to arrest some parliamentarians.

Rebel Ratification

commemorative plaque of the Treaty of Paris226 years ago today, the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris.

Gold Up

Krugerrand3 decades ago today, gold soared.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Big Four" Met

'The Big Four'Seven long measures years ago today, the big leaders of the Entente met in Paris.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Those Fourteen Points

The Fourteen PointsFour score and a dozen years ago today, the 28th President of those United States issued hisFourteen Points.”

Joshua A. Norton

Imperial Dollar of Norton IA long dozen decades ago today, Emperor Norton, who – amongst other thingsproclaimed the United States Congress abolished, passed on.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Constantinople and Bolsheviks

Topkapı PalaceFive years short of a century ago today, a Bolshevik envoy approached the Imperial German representative in Constantinople.

First Presidential Electors

Gilbert Stuart: George WashingtonEleven score and a year ago today, the landed gentry of those United States voted for electors to the Electoral College.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


152 years ago today, Johann Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz passed away.

Military Service Bill

British camp for conscientious objectors, Knutsford, CheshireSeven years short of a century ago today, a bill was introduced in the United Kingdom that was to become the Military Service Act 1916.

Monday, January 4, 2010

T.S. Eliot

Wyndham Lewis: T.S. Eliot45 years ago today, T.S. Eliot passed on from this world.

French Colors

Jonathan Dayton, 4th Speaker of the United States House of RepresentativesTwo centuries and fourteen years ago today, the United States House of Representatives hailed the French Republic.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tolkien 118

J.R.R. TolkienTwo years short of a dozen decades ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien was born.

Writes Vox Nova:

Tolkien chose monarchy as the form of government which most satisfied him because, looking to history and knowing how monarchies worked, he saw that monarchs rarely were concerned about the lives of ordinary people and let them therefore live, as they would like, as long as the people themselves did not organize themselves as a threat to the monarch’s power (despite what “democratic” propaganda might suggest). Again, the Shire presents this picture well, because the Shire existed in its anarchical state under the auspices of Gondor; the king in theory had authority to dictate laws, but in practice, rarely had the need to do so because the people of the Shire caused no major disruption when left to themselves. Tolkien thus understood that monarchies, by their very nature, tended to be more anarchical, and this makes sense, because there is, in theory, far less heads and people vying for (and claiming) power in a monarchy than in other forms of government.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Republic of China

Dr. Sun Yat-sen2 years short of a century ago today, the Republic of China was established, with Dr. Sun Yat-sen as first President.

Cuban Revolution

Humberto Fontova: Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant51 years ago today, the Cuban Revolution led to regime change.

Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. interviewed Mr. Humberto Fontova a few years ago on his book Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

Enjoy from Vienna:

BTW, we are NOT at the turn of the decade – in any other sense than a decade being a randomly chosen period of time with the length of ten years, that is.