Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Repaired Links

A few weeks ago, a reader let me know that some of my links were broken. I've removed the ones that are gone for good, and repaired the ones which were merely incorrect for one reason or another. The repaired links are:

Democracy's Road to Tyranny by Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Is the Monarchy Next? by Jørn K. Baltzersen

Why I Am A Monarchist

Monarchy vs. Republic by Otto von Habsburg

The Special Status of the Davidic Dynasty

Either Judaism Or Democracy

Friday, April 17, 2009

Welcome, new bloggers!

New to me, anyway. I've tried to include the ones I added a few weeks ago.

The Mad Monarchist

Of Jacobins and Girondins

Not in Front of the Servants

Famille Princière de Monaco

Cooking the Book by the Tudor Cook

International Monarchism

Nottlesby's Notebook

Royal & Co.

The Count's Blog

Tom's Monarchy Blog

I haven't been posting so much lately, I know. I feel like I'm letting the side down. If anyone misses the monarchy articles I used to link almost daily, I'll let you in on the secret: sign up for a Google Alert for "monarchy", it's what I did. But then RL intruded and I didn't have time to keep that up on a daily basis.

Besides which, it depressed me too much, knowing about it every single time another royal house fell.

But I've for a while been planning something else which hopefully will be even more interesting, and highly educational for Americans. I'm going to write a series of essays about how each country in the world changed from a monarchy to a republic. I know, of course, how it happened here, and in Russia, but what about the rest of the world? Most of my fellow Americans, I have discovered, assume that it just happened naturally and inevitably, just like if you give a monkey a few million years, it will naturally and inevitably shed its hair, rear up onto its hind legs, and invent the airplane. The concept of evolution has infected how we think about everything, even though the smartest scientists will try to point out that (assuming the theory of evolution is true) nature didn't set out to create an ever more perfect animal, culminating in the human race. If the theory is true, then we're just the jury-rigged ape that managed not to die off. Similarly, forms of government are not ever "evolving" into a more and more perfect form, culminating in the triumph of egalitarian democracy. Just because one organization turned into something else does not mean the new one is superior, or that the transformation was inevitable.

In any case, my research so far is indicating that the slow, civilized shift in England from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy is far from usual. (Most non-monarchists do not realize that every time the English Crown lost power, it was brought about by a war, if only indirectly as in the case of the World Wars. They think it happened as a matter of course, like the way that waves will gradually wear away at rocks on the beach.) It seems that in addition to killing millions of people, the twin evils of fascism and communism are the chief culprits in destroying monarchy.

By the way, links to good information sources on this subject would be appreciated. Any country in the world is welcome.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A bit of dialogue from the movie Young Bess

A movie starring Jean Simmons as the young Elizabeth I.

Henry VIII: (on his deathbed) "Pray for my soul to release it from Purgatory."

Some duke or something: "You have abolished Purgatory."

Henry VIII: "Don't argue, man."