Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Quote of the Month

Wrote The Mad Monarchist:

Any constitution strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing wrong is also strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing what is right.

The Emperor and the Corporal

Imperial coat of arms of GermanyThe weblog Lost in the Myths of History quotes an interview with Kaiser Wilhelm II from 1938 on the corporal in charge in Berlin.

H/T: Tea at Trianon

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ray Stevens on Flying

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Tenth Anniversary

A decade ago today, yours truly was in self-imposed exile in Stockholm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Austro-American Peace Treaty

Nine decades ago today, the peace treaty after the Great War between Austria and those United States was signed.

The world should note that, while there was an armistice in November of 1918, peace was not conceded to Austria before the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Treaty of Trianon had both come into effect.

The world should also note that this peace came after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Persona Non Grata of this weblog.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Problem of Universal Suffrage

Over at his weblog Confederate Colonel, Stephen Clay McGehee ponders the problem of universal suffrage.

H/T: The Rambling Royalist

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Franz Josef 181

Nine score and a year ago today, Archduke Franz Josef was born.

Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Parliament Act 1911 at 100

Samuel Begg: Passing of the Parliament Bill in the House of Lords, 1911A century ago today, Royal Assent was given to what is known as Parliament Act 1911.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Archduke Charles Born

124 years ago today, Archduke Charles of Austria – later Emperor-King – was born.

Andrew Cusack also has a collection of posts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fiat Money

40 years ago yesterday, Nixon announced default of the federal government of those United States.

Lew Rockwell:

Over at Mises Daily, Jordi Franch marks the anniversary.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Enforced Countersignature at 100

A century ago today Royal Assent was given by his Majesty King Haakon VII to a constitutional amendment changing the status of the regal signature. The phrase “in order to be valid” was added. In addition military command cases were made subject to countersignature, which they were not before this amendment.

It is said that this amendment effectively turned the regal signature into the real countersignature – in a formal way, but still keeping the countersignature the countersignature formally.

An important step in the emasculation of the King of Norway was made on this day a hundred years ago.

The amendment came about six years after King Oscar II had denied Royal Assent and his cabinet had refused to countersign.

Happy Liechtenstein National Day!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Schiff, Faber, and Rogers

Friday, August 12, 2011

Some More Regarding Archduke Otto

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, David Warren ponders the Europe that might have been.

Over at The American Interest, Peter Berger reflects on the Habsburg Empire.

The homily – via Tea at Trianon.

Trond Norén Isaksen tips us on a DVD from the Imperial funeral last month.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sèvres – the Treaty

Map illustrating the partitioning of Anatolia according to the Treaty of Sèvres (1920) after World War I91 years ago today, the Treaty of Sèvres was signed.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

An Ancient Republic

Map of the old Swiss ConfederationThree dozen score years ago today, Confoederatio Helvetica was founded.

The date may be uncertain, but the official date is August 1, and adjusted for changed calendar that makes August 8.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quote of the Month (July)

Wrote Dr. Gary North, over at

I will say it, loud and clear: the freest society on earth in 1775 was British North America, with the exception of the slave system. Anyone who was not a slave had incomparable freedom.

Jefferson wrote these words in the Declaration of Independence:
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
I can think of no more misleading political assessment uttered by any leader in the history of the United States. No words having such great impact historically in this nation were less true. No political bogeymen invoked by any political sect as “the liar of the century” ever said anything as verifiably false as these words.

Franz Josef 181 this Month

Later this month the 181th birthday of HLIRM Emperor-King Franz Josef I will be celebrated. The celebration is annual.

From last year's event (in German):

There is the celebration in Bad Ischl August 11 through 18. L'Associazione Culturale Mitteleuropa has its celebration August 20 through 21.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial
I paid a visit to Hiroshima last November from my base in Osaka. It was a special experience to see the marks of this atrocity.

The Land of the Rising Sun was more or less nuked into democracy. Considering this, we could even say that the Pacific War was Wilson's war on steroids.

Nuked into accepting the American/Allied terms of total surrender and then occupied. The Tenno was forced to denounce the traditional Japanese view of the Emperor, Americans wrote a constitution totally emasculating him, and “The Empire of Japan” was dropped as an official term.

Over at

Vienna vs. St. Petersburg

Map with the Triple Alliance and the Triple EntenteThree years short of a century ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on the Russian Empire.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Anglo-German War

HMS DreadnoughtEight dozen and a year ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog proclaimed neutrality in the Great War.

Also on the same day, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war. Sir Edward Grey had given a speech in the House of Commons about the lamps the night before.

Monday, August 1, 2011