Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quote of the Month

Writes Bionic Mosquito:

Such is our lot: legislation and regulation by men wiser than us and wiser than God.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Passing of Captain von Trapp

Kapitän Georg Ritter von TrappSeven decades ago today, Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp passed away.

Friday, May 26, 2017

EvKL Passing at 18

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Family Crest18 years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn passed away.

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Coronation of Nicholas II

Eleven squared years ago today, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Nicholas II was crowned in Moscow.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jamestown in Virginia

Reconstructed ships at the Jamestown settlement site along the James River in VirginiaA score squared years and a decade ago today (May 14 in the Julian Calendar), Jamestown was established.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Selective Service Act 100

Propaganda musicA century ago today, the United States Selective Service Act was passed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Constitution Day

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Maria Theresa

Three centuries ago today, Archduchess Maria Theresa, was born to Emperor Charles VI and Empress Elisabeth. Maria Theresa ascended the Habsburg throne in 1740 and was the mother-in-law of Louis XVI of France.

(No, Marie Antoinette was not the last Queen of France.)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Popular Sovereignty – Rather Pure

203 years ago today, the Norwegian Constitutional Convention passed the constitutional provision on constitutional amendments.

This provision was to be subject to much political conflict later in the 19th century. It was argued that a constitutional amendment implicitly needed Royal Assent, and it can certainly be argued that that was part of constitutional law at times.

However, a doctoral thesis from 2011 has unfortunately shown convincingly and with high probability that the intent of the framers was a pure popular sovereignty system when it comes to the constituting (amendments included) authority.

This painting, created by Oscar Wergeland on assignment from a medical doctor on the losing side in the constitutional conflict of the 1870s and 1880s, hangs till this day in Parliament Hall:

Oscar Wergeland: Rigsforsamlingen på Eidsvold 1814

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Zita 125

Five quarters of a century ago today, Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma was born.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trumped for a Hundred Days?

Donald Trump reached one hundred days in office on the hour at 1 PM EDT yesterday. If you count January as his first day, Saturday was his 100th day. Over at Enter Stage Right, I have an essay with my take.

May Day

Things to do today (and you, of course, don't have to limit yourself to one of them):

  • work – preferably in a way that it's obvious to a lot of people that you are working
  • fly your flag on half staff to the memory of the death victims of Communism
  • read The Black Book of Communism
  • read Ludwig von Mises' Socialism
  • read Nima Sanandaji's Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism