Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quote of the Month

Writes Michael LaRue, Knight of St. John, over at his weblog Pedes Christi:

Monarchy is often done little help by its defenders, who usually say that it is irrational but beneficial. Most often its attackers will say that it is "romanticism". However, a look at the history of political theory reveals that it is not monarchy, but democracy, that is the product of Romanticism.

A note may be in order on the date of this quote. The Wilson Revolution Unplugged Quote of the Month Award is strictly for quotes originally made in the month in question. The observant reader will see that the linked blog post was posted on April 30. However, the time zone of this weblog is Vienna time, whereas the time zone of the quoted weblog – investigations show – is Mountain View time (apparently the default when you create a blog – Blogger/Google is headquartered in Mountain View, California). Hence, the awarded post was published in May Vienna time.

Happy Birthday, Archduke Felix

HIRH Archduke Felix of Austria-HungaryOn this last day of May 95 years ago, Archduke Felix of Austria-Hungary was born.

HIRH Archduke Felix lives in Mexico, and he is – together with HIRH Archduke Otto – one of two remaining issues of Emperor-King Charles and Empress-Queen Zita.

Archduke Felix has proclaimed allegiance to the “Republic of Austria.” He has, however, not renounced his right to the throne or membership in the House of Habsburg.

Happy birthday!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A High Tory on Democracy, Revolution, and Money

High Tory Gerald Warner writes this Sunday at Scotland on Sunday:

Liberal democracy is part of the "accepted political landscape"? Accepted by whom? By China, which occupies a not inconsiderable portion of the landscape? Increasingly it is viewed with scepticism in the developed world which spawned it. Yet Western "statesmen" are still trying to market this flawed commodity abroad.
Last week the leaders of the G8, representing countries that are de facto bankrupt, pledged £12bn to Egypt and Tunisia to develop democracy.
The same High Tory wrote last Sunday in the same pages:
Critics like to condemn Britain as class-ridden and deferential, mainly on the grounds that the public schools and Oxford and Cambridge dominate the education system, while a few happy mortals receive gongs or titles in the Honours List. That is what comes of living under a monarchy steeped in privilege – if only we lived in an egalitarian republic such as France…
The IMF should have been abolished years ago. It is a phantom survivor of the Bretton Woods agreement marinated in Keynesian delusion. Whenever a country has been living beyond its means the IMF thrusts a large loan upon it, then imposes conditions such as inflated tax rates that prevent genuine recovery.

Cross-posted at The Monarchist.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Passing

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Family Crest
A dozen years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn passed away.

The crest shown is the crest of the Kuehnelt-Leddihn noble family – courtesy of the family. Seeing the crest one should not wonder why this great man went by the name the Lion of Lans. Of course, he roared like a lion in the historical and political-philosphical debate too.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn's “favorite animal” was an imaginary animal, the “pamelon,” which illustrates quite well some human traits, namely the ability to repeat uncritically what others say, which is a characteristic of the parrot, and the ability to adjust to the environment, which is a characteristic of the chameleon. The “pamelon” is a crossbreeding of the parrot and the chameleon. The pamelon is a very good illustration of your typical politico. It changes color depending on environment, setting, audience, etc., and it tells you what you want to hear. And it's a good illustration of the uncritical zeitgeist follower as well.

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Gavrilo Princip Leaves Belgrade

Gavrilo Princip in his prison cell at the Terezín fortress.Three years short of a century ago today, Gavrilo Princip left Belgrade for Sarajevo.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Alliance for Three

The Triple AllianceTwice eight squared and a year ago today, the Triple Alliance was formed between the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Italy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Constitution Day

Christian Krohg: 17th of May 1893Today is Constitution Day here in this oil kingdom. We are three years short of the bicentennial.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Liberation Day

Last Sunday was Liberation Day here in this oil kingdom. There are several events around the country, and it is an official flag-flying day.

One could stop and wonder why our grandfathers fought to expel the Nazi Germans – when we are developing a surveillance state that would make Reichskommissar Terboven green of envy.

The past week there has been a controversy on His Majesty's role of decorating soldiers and military officers. Mr. Dag T. Hoelseth, host of Hoelseth's Royal Corner, has more:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Her Britannic Majesty Neutral

Queen VictoriaOne and a half centuries 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 10, 2011

Habsburg Anniversary

The matrimony of TIRH Archduke Otto and Archduchess ReginaThis day would have been the diamond wedding anniversary of Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Archduke Otto and the late Archduchess Regina.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Russian Summer Ball 2011

The details of the London Russian Summer Ball for 2011 have been released. It's the 16th annual ball in the series. It will take place on Saturday June 11th.

Tickets can be applied for.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Claude Choules, RIP

The last known surviving combat veteran of the Great War, Claude Stanley Choules, passed away today.

Mr. Choules was the last known witness of the demise of the Hochseeflotte of the Kaiserliche Marine at Scapa Flow.

Since the passing of Harry Patch almost two years ago, John Babcock has passed, and so has Frank Buckles. Franz Künstler passed almost three years ago.

There are no known combatants of the Great War left.

May they all rest in peace!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alexander Kerensky

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

Please feel free to enjoy photos of the late Imperial family:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Charles II Coronation

John Michael Wright: Charles II of England in Coronation robes350 years ago today (April 23 in the Julian Calendar), Charles II was crowned.