Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quote of the Month

Writes Mr. Jeff Deist over at Mises Wire:

It’s time to call a spade a spade. All of this angst hardly comports with our supposed reverence for democracy. Again, Trump handily and fairly won a democratic election just three months ago. If he’s the devil, a wrecking ball that cannot be stopped by the other branches of government, then our entire constitutional system and its democratic mechanisms are defective. Why doesn’t the #neverTrump movement take its arguments to their logical conclusion, and insist an electorate that would install Donald Trump never be allowed to vote again or have any say in organizing society?

The reality is becoming clear, even as it remains uncomfortable for many: democracy is a sham that should be opposed by all liberty-loving people. Voting and elections confer no legitimacy whatsoever on any government, and to the extent a democratic political process replaces outright war it should be seen as only slightly less horrific.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zimmermann Telegram Centennial

A century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog learned of the Zimmermann Telegram.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stefan Zweig Passing

Street named after Stefan Zweig in Rio de Janeiro75 years ago today, Stefan Zweig, author of Die Welt von Gestern, passed from this world.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Birthday, King Harald V!

Today marks the 80th birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Written Emasculation

The Norwegian ParliamentA decade ago today, the Norwegian Parliament unanimously passed a Constitutional Amendment to include parliamentarism in the written Constitution.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Exciting Times

The Broken Window FallacyOn the occasion of the ending week's annual address of the Governor of Norges Bank, yours truly addressed some issues (in Norwegian), as last year.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Your Serene Highness!

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 72nd birthday!

Draft for a League of Nations

Two years short of a century ago today, a draft covenant for the League of Nations was presented by the bête noire of this weblog.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Strutt at 143

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

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quote of the Month (January)

Writes Mr. Theodore Harvey over at his weblog Royal World:

[B]etween 1910 and 1979, which is to say within less than an average modern Western human lifespan, monarchies in the Eastern Hemisphere fell every few years, transforming half of the globe from a world in which Monarchy was very much the norm (France, Switzerland, San Marino, and Liberia being originally the only exceptions) to one in which it is sadly very much the exception and republics (whether democratic or authoritarian) are widely assumed by Left and "Right" alike to be the "default" form of government. We must live in hope that the errors of those catastrophic seven decades may one day be reversed.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Blue Sapphire Monarch

65 years ago today, Her Britannic Majesty ascended the throne at Treetops. This marks the Blue Sapphire Jubilee.

Her Britannic Majesty is the first Britannic Monarch to reach this milestone. Amongst European kingdoms and empires, she is one of the first to do so, without a minority, second only to Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Day in Judicial Infamy

Four score years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced his plan to pack the SCOTUS.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Imperial Germany Break

The Coat of Arms of German Empire 1871-1918A century ago today, those United States broke diplomatic relations with Imperial Germany.