Monday, December 31, 2012

WRU Unplugger of the Year

The WRU Unplugger of the Year need not be a monarchist, nor regret the fall of the Old European Order. The WRU Unplugger of the Year is simply the one who is considered to have done most in bringing about the unplugging of the Wilson Revolution.

This year's awardee has done an excellent job at standing up for regal powers. In this day and age, it is expected that the powers of a monarch go in one direction only – in the emasculation direction. However, to the frustration of democratists everywhere, the awardee stood up for the right to deny Princely Assent to popular referenda.

The 2012 WRU Unplugger of the Year is:

His Serene Highness Alois Philipp Maria von und zu Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince and Prince Regent of Liechtenstein

SD Erbprinz Alois von und zu Liechtenstein


Quote of the Month

Says Mr. Mike Church:

English liberty was kind of developed under the British monarchy. As a matter of fact, there is a significant body of scholarship that would suggest that life under a benevolent monarch, there were a few, in the old Christian Europe was probably actually less tyrannical than life under a democracy is today.

Some Musings on Democracy and Monarchy

From the past forty days:

The XX Committee explains why the EU is not the Habsburg Monarchy 2.0.

Virtue Politics defends monarchy.

Over at The Archdruid Report, John Michael Greer states:

Yet real democracy, meaning the sort of democracy that is capable of existing in the real world, is always plagued with corruption. If you give people the right to dispose of their vote however they wish, after all, a fair number of them will wish to sell that vote to the highest bidder in as direct a fashion as the local laws allow. If you give public officials the responsibility to make decisions, a fair number of them will make those decisions for their own private benefit. If you give voters the right to choose public officials, in turn, and give candidates for public office the chance to convince the public to choose them, you’ve guaranteed that a good many plausible rascals will be elected to office, because that’s who the people will choose. That can’t be avoided without abandoning democracy altogether.
Whereafter he follows up with a well-known Churchillian fallacy. argues that all democracies fail.

Over at Nepal 24 Hours, Dirgha Raj Prasai reasons for a Nepalese restoration.

Over at Chronicles Magazine, writes Srdja Trifkovic:
Democracy could “work” if it was a democracy of and for and by the right people, but that model is fit only for the Post-Raptorial Republic of Angels. In a non-Utopian world it cannot work because “We the People” is a corrupt mélange of mostly coarse individuals pretending to be Gods. Democracy has duly ruined the remnant of what used to be Christendom. The final stage of the process is proceeding apace: having divorced reason from faith, the West is rapidly sinking into moral, cultural and demographic self-destruction. The Citizen’s self-validating reason guarantees that there are no checks and no balances.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Succession Progressivism Progressing

The quest to amended the Britannic succession rules has moved to a new stage this month.

Trond Norén Isaksen reports.

Previously: End of Male Primogeniture?, Tinkering with Succession

Coronation in Budapest

Four years short of a century ago today, the latest Hungarian coronation took place.

Mozart's Krönungsmesse:

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ben Swann and Guns

Ben Swann gives some perspective on carrying guns:

Messy Politics and Language

Some perspectives from Blimey Cow in Messy Mondays:

Friday, December 28, 2012

Cash in Scandinavia

Over at, Prof. Joseph Salerno gives a report on the status of the anti-cash movement in Sweden.

See also my report from a few months back.

28th POTUS Born

Staunton, Commonwealth of Virginia156 years ago today, the bête noire and the Persona Non Grata of this weblog was born.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

St. Joseph's Background

Remembering his friend Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, wrote Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. Christmas a baker's dozen years ago:

Despite all the claims and sweet stories, St. Joseph was no worker. He was a prince of the royal family of Israel, "of the House and lineage of David." And his profession is more properly translated as builder, not carpenter. He was also a property owner, one of a very few at that time.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy from Vienna:

Christmas 1914-1915

Empress-Queen Elisabeth

Seven quarters of a century ago today, Elisabeth of Bavaria was born.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Silver and Gold for Christmas

H/T: Karen De Coster, The LRC Blog

The Fed 99

Some Federal Reserve notesA year short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas in Rhodesia

Mr. John Edmond sings Christmas in Rhodesia:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hitchens on World War II

Over at his Mail Online weblog, Mr. Peter Hitchens gives his take on World War II as a “good” war.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wilson Arrives

Chateau de Brest94 years ago today, the bête noire of this blog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kenyan Independence

Kenya Blue Ensign49 years ago today, Kenya became independent, and Queen Elizabeth II assumed the title of Queen of Kenya. 48 years ago today, Her Majesty stepped down as Queen of Kenya, the country becoming a republic.

Post-colonial Kenya has had its problems. Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn compared colonial government with post-colonial government in his Leftism Revisited.

Roger Whittaker on his homeland:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Abdication of Edward VIII

76 years ago today, His Britannic Majesty King Edward VIII abdicated.

The official story is that it was due to his wish to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

However, a BBC Four documentary, Abdication: A Very British Coup, claims the story is more complicated. Yours truly watched the documentary previously this year when it was still available at YouTube. It has now unfortunately been removed, apparently due to a copyright issue.

According to the documentary the political establishment was looking for an excuse to get rid of the King. His modern views were not appropriate.

It could be tempting to want a King who holds traditionalist views, including keeping up pomp and circumstance and sticking to royal marriage traditions, but it may also be useful to reflect on whether one wants a monarch to the liking of the political establishment and who does not get in the same establishment's way. It may also be useful to reflect on a monarch removal's effect on future monarchs.

The abdication speech of the Duke of Windsor:

The Mad Monarchist has a profile.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson 180

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Nine score years ago today, Norwegian writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was born.

Previously: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Demise of King Oscar II

A century and five years ago today, Oscar II, King of Sweden and formerly King of Norway, passed on.

Friday, December 7, 2012

True Infamy

Five years short of a century ago today, the Persona Non Grata and bête noire of this weblog signed the declaration of war against Austria-Hungary, after having spoken three days earlier. The motion to declare war passed unopposed in the United States Senate. It was opposed by one United States Representative.

Prof. Niall Ferguson on the war (also posted recently):

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The American Conservative: Tin Anniversary

The American Conservative marked last month ten years of service (H/T: The Pittsford Perennialist).

The American Conservative, whose mission is to give a rediscovery of traditional conservatism, also last month ran a piece by editor Daniel McCarthy on outsider conservatism.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

To Sea for Democratism

SS George Washington departs New York for a previous voyage.
94 years ago today, the bête noire of this weblog set sail aboard the USS George Washington to redraw the map of Europe and make the world safe for the god Demos.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Franz Josef Accedes

164 years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria commenced.

The Mad Monarchist has a profile on the late monarch.