Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Next GOP Nominee?

The Onion reports:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Schiff on College

Mr. Peter Schiff talks to a few people:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hjort Passing at 45

Ivo de Figueiredo: Fri mannIn this Norwegian constitutional bicentennial year, 45 years ago today, J.B. Hjort passed away.

J.B. Hjort wrote Justismord (Miscarriage of Justice), where he analyzed – amongst others – the “trials” against Anne Boleyn, King Charles I of England, Queen Marie Antoinette of France, and Prime Minster Selmer of Norway.

J.B. Hjort also wrote Demokrati og statsmakt (Democracy and State Power), where he addressed – although being guilty of abuse of the word democracy – the need for checks due to the vices of democracy.

He often wrote in Farmand, and he was an active opponent of a government-“developed” language.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

William & Mary at 325

William Miller: Prince of Orange Landing at Torbay325 years ago today (February 13 in the Julian Calendar), William and Mary were proclaimed sovereigns – in the so-called Glorious Revolution.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Arthur Schopenhauer

Jules Lunteschütz (1822–1893): Arthur SchopenhauerTwo centuries and two baker's dozen years ago today, Arthur Schopenhauer was born.

Schopenhauer was well into the art of controversy. He also had something to say about meritocracy and forms of government:

A peculiar disadvantage attaching to republics — and one that might not be looked for — is that in this form of government it must be more difficult for men of ability to attain high position and exercise direct political influence than in the case of monarchies. For always and everywhere and under all circumstances there is a conspiracy, or instinctive alliance, against such men on the part of all the stupid, the weak, and the commonplace; they look upon such men as their natural enemies, and they are firmly held together by a common fear of them. There is always a numerous host of the stupid and the weak, and in a republican constitution it is easy for them to suppress and exclude the men of ability, so that they may not be outflanked by them. They are fifty to one; and here all have equal rights at the start.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, King Harald!

Today marks the 77th birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Emasculation in Writing

The Norwegian ParliamentSeven years ago today, the Norwegian Parliament unanimously passed a Constitutional Amendment to include parliamentarism in the written Constitution – the day before His Majesty's 70th birthday.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gottfried and Woods on the Great War

In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. interviews Dr. Paul E. Gottfried:

Dr. Gottfried also has some reflections over at The American Conservative.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Meeting of Notables

Two centuries ago today, Prince Christian Frederik met with notables at Carsten Anker's mansion at Eidsvold in Norway to proclaim himself absolute King of Norway. The notables, however, advised him to call a constitutional convention instead, and so it was ordered.

Today is also the official opening of the bicentennial.

Henry Adams at 175

Henry Adams175 years ago today, Henry Adams, later author of Democracy: An American Novel, was born.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Charles of Scotland

Sir Peter Lely: Charles II of England in the robes of the Order of the Garter365 years ago today (February 5 in the Julian Calendar), Charles II was proclaimed King by the Parliament of Scotland.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Rich Norwegians?

GoldOn the occasion of yesterday's annual address of the Governor of Norges Bank, yours truly addressed some issues (in Norwegian).

Happy Birthday, Your Serene Highness!

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 69th birthday!

Hans-Adam II, Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Someone Has to Pay"

This exemplifies what society has come to:

H/T: Ad Orientem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

That Accountability...

governor cartoon

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Onion on the Future

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Couple from Clarke & Dawe

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Charles I Beheaded

365 years ago today (January 30 in the old calendar) regicide was committed against Charles I.

Elsewhere: Royal World, Tea at Trianon, Ad Orientem

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Strutt at 140

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSOSeven score years ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.

Lt.-Col. Strutt was the British officer who was sent on a mission under the personal initiative of His Britannic Majesty George V to command the protection of the Austro-Hungarian Imperial-Royal Family in its internal exile. The Lt.-Col. scared almost the living daylights out of Dr. Karl Renner, Chancellor of the “Republic of Austria,” so the Imperial-Royal Family could leave without any abdication.

Lt.-Col. Strutt became Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire shortly after this mission.

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wonderful American Bill

Someone explains:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Archduke Karl on the Great War

The Guardian interviews the head of the House of Habsburg, Archduke Karl, whose paternal grandfather was nephew of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, on the Great War.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Small Selection from January

Over at Taki's Magazine, Nicholas James Pell comments on the recent reaction to the neoreactionary blogosphere.

Anarcho-Monarchism also weighs in on the debate.

Writes Wesley Morganston over at Theden:

Enough democratic realism! Democracy has experienced itself, and it is beginning to turn in its verdict. It’s time to start thinking about alternatives.
Says Bryce Laliberte:
The problem isn't that democracy failed, but that it hasn't yet.
Declares Michael Anissimov:
Professor Poll Results is the modern-day authority standing in for King Mob.
Mr. Anissimov also clarifies a bit about monarchy at his blog More Right.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quote of the Month (January)

Writes Mr. Aaron Jacob over at Theden:

Hong Kong ranks highly on numerous international measurements, with an intelligent population, little corruption, and a high standard of living. So the question begs to be asked: why do you need universal suffrage if everything is functioning excellently? If you’ve got a great working government, who cares how many people can cast a ballot? Especially given democracy’s long track record of destruction and dysfunction, the idea that democracy ought to be foisted off on Hong Kong as a positive development is eminently stupid—unless, of course, you’re a progressive.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Lisbon Assassination

106 years ago today, His Most Faithful Majesty Carlos I of Portugal and the Prince Royal were assassinated.