Monday, May 31, 2010

Quote of the Month

Says Dr. Marc Faber at Bloomberg:

In democracies, the option of taking the easy solution over the right solution has always prevailed.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Georg Ludwig von Trapp

Austro-Hungarian naval dutyThree score and three years ago today, Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp passed away.

Jackson Duel

Lafosse: Andrew JacksonTwo centuries and three years ago today, Andrew Jackson won a duel.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Oswald Spengler

Oswald Spengler: Der Untergang des AbendlandesA baker's dozen decades ago today, Oswald Spengler was born.


G.K. ChestertonA century and three dozen years ago today, G.K. Chesterton was born.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

National Industrial Recovery Act

The National Industrial Recovery Act: a chief architect was Times Magazine's man of the yearThree quarters of a century ago today, the SCOTUS struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.

Joseph Roth

Joseph Roth: The Emperor's Tomb71 years ago today, Joseph Roth passed away.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jamestown, Virginia

Reconstructed ships at the Jamestown settlement site along the James River in VirginiaFour centuries and three years ago today (May 14 in the Julian Calendar), Jamestown was established.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Henrik Johan Ibsen

Gustav Borgen: Henrik IbsenA century and four years ago today, Dr. Henrik Johan Ibsen passed away.

The Houses of Habsburg and Savoy

Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Italy95 years ago today, the Kingdom of Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Archduke Rudolph RIP

HIRH Archduke RudolphAs Royal World and Royal Musings reported recently, HIRH Archduke Rudolph passed away last week.

The Royal Forums report that His Late Imperial and Royal Highness will be buried in the Muri Abbey, ancient burial ground of the Habsburgs – located in the same Swiss canton as the Habsburg Castle.

Requiescat in pace!

Hungarian Crisis

István Tisza, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of HungaryFour score and a long dozen years ago today, a crisis mounted in Austria-Hungary.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Austro-German-Italian Alliance

The Triple Alliance128 years ago today, the Triple Alliance was formed between the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Italy.

Marquis de la Fayette Passed

Joseph-Désiré Court:  Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette176 years ago today, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette passed away.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Turkish Independence"

The Treaty of SèvresSeven long measure years ago today, the Turkish War of Independence commenced.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nicolás Gómez Dávila

Nicolás Gómez DávilaThree years short of a century ago today, Nicolás Gómez Dávila was born. Sixteen years ago yesterday, he passed from this world.

Some aphorisms:

  • Whoever says that he "belongs to his time" is only saying that he agrees with the largest number of fools at that moment.
  • The word "modern" no longer has an automatic prestige except among fools.
  • The modernist thirst for originality makes the mediocre artist believe that the secret of originality consists simply in being different.

Nicholas II

Nicholas II of RussiaSeven score and two years ago today, the future Nicholas II of Russia was born.

Selective Service

Propaganda musicFour score and a baker's dozen years ago today, the United States Selective Service Act was passed.

Loyalists Fled

Gathering for the Parade, Loyalist Centennial, Saint John, New Brunswick, CanadaEleven score and seven years ago today, United Empire Loyalists arrived in Canada.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Taxation and Representation

George WashingtonA dozen score and a year ago today, George Washington criticized taxation without representation.

Nowadays, we have representation without taxation.

A Constitutional Monarchy

Oscar Wergeland: Rigsforsamlingen på Eidsvold 1814Four years short of two centuries ago today, a system with a popularly elected – non-universal suffrage – parliament and an executive monarch was established at Eidsvold. Prince Christian Frederik ascended the throne of Norway.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Thomas Lawrence: Klemens Wenzel von MetternichTwo centuries and three dozen and a year ago today, Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein was born.

Austrian Independence Treaty

Christoph Lingg: Occupation zones in Vienna 1945-5555 years ago today, the Austrian Independence Treaty was signed. One of the provisions read:

Austria shall have a democratic government based on elections by secret ballot and shall guarantee to all citizens free, equal and universal suffrage as well as the right to be elected to public office without discrimination as to race, sex, language, religion or political opinion.
And yes, then there is this:
Austria further undertakes to maintain the law of 3rd April, 1919, concerning the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine.

Westphalia at Osnabrück

The Holy Roman Empire in 1648Three dozen decades and two years ago today, the Treaty at Osnabrück of the Peace of Westphalia was signed.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More on the Money Madness

Mr. Peter Schiff:

Dr. Marc Faber:

Mr. Jim Rogers:

Dr. Ron Paul:

Update: Elsewhere: The LRC Blog

Neutrality Proclamation

Bassano: Queen Victoria149 years ago today, Her Britannic Majesty Queen Victoria issued a proclamation of neutrality for the conflict between those Confederate States of America and those United States of America.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Paul and Roche on the EU Madness

Sunday, May 9, 2010

José Ortega y Gasset

José Ortega y Gasset127 years ago today, José Ortega y Gasset was born.

A quote of choice:

There is one fact which, whether for good or ill, is of utmost importance in the public life of Europe at the present moment. This fact is the accession of the masses to complete social power. As the masses, by definition, neither should nor can direct their own personal existence, and still less rule society in general, this fact means that actually Europe is suffering from the greatest crisis that can afflict peoples, nations, and civilisation.

Princess Zita

Queen Zita of Hungary118 years ago today, Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma was born.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

In these Troubled Times...

United States Representative Ron Paul on the financial trouble:

Mr. Peter Schiff and Dr. Ron Paul explain:

Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke explained:

Dr. Marc Faber:

He says:
You don't trust the government.
He says creditors who took the risk should pay the price, not tax payers. He also says:
In a democracy, no problems are solved, they are just postponed until the ultimate crash will destroy everything.
See for yourself:

More on postponing the hour of truth:

Comments from Mr. Jim Rogers:

More, ending with a recommendation for silver:

Mr. Gerald Celente:

Some articles:

The Western Confucian has more.

Liberation Day

65 years ago today, this Kingdom was liberated from the Nazi regime. We have though a surveillance society being constructed that would have made Reichskommissar Terboven green of envy.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Edwardian Passing

Sir Samuel Luke Fildes: King Edward VIIA century ago today, King Edward VII passed away.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Søren Kierkegaard

Niels Christian Kierkegaard: Søren KierkegaardThree years short of two centuries ago today, Søren Kierkegaard was born.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Alexander Kerensky Born

A year short of a baker's dozen decades ago today, the revolutionary Alexander Kerensky was born.

The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence PlantationsSixteen years short of a quarter of a millennium ago today, the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations renounced its allegiance to His Britannic Majesty.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Charles II Crowned

John Michael Wright: Charles II of England in Coronation robesA year short of seven half centuries ago today (April 23 in the Julian Calendar), Charles II was crowned.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Volcanic Revolution

Katla eruption in 1918French historian Emmanuel Garnier argues that volcanic activity influenced the French Revolution. So EuroNews reports.

H/T: Tea at Trianon

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Siamese Trouble

The Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of SiamThe Western Confucian comments the situation for the Siamese monarchy: