Thursday, September 29, 2016

William in Hawaii

I'm proud of my brother, violinist and cultural diplomat William Harvey, for this eloquent reflection on his visit to the once and future Kingdom of Hawaii.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


As my website approaches its 16th birthday tomorrow, I was thinking a bit mournfully about a formerly monarchist online acquaintance I'm not in touch with anymore, and it occurred to me, I'm still dreaming of a Wittelsbach restoration in Bavaria, while not only X. but also the actual Wittelsbachs have moved on. If that means I'm politically irrelevant, I guess I'm politically irrelevant. Oh well. I know I'm right, even if the whole world disagrees, and it's not quite the whole world. If you're one of the not-so-happy few (and if you're reading this blog you probably are), thank you, and let's never give up.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Elizabeth II, Charles III, William V, George VII

While I'm glad that most Britons are not republicans and want the Monarchy to continue (that is, most Britons are not evil), far too many don't understand how it works and fail to appreciate the finest Prince of Wales Britain has ever had. As one who deeply admires Prince Charles, I am so sick of this kind of stupidity. I don't think the question should even be asked or articles like this even published. The whole point of a hereditary monarchy is that it's not a popularity contest and you don't get to pick. You keep your mouth shut and accept the lottery of hereditary succession--which has a much better overall track record than presidential elections. But of course modern people think that they have a right to choose everything. They don't. I would support the normal line of succession even if it were 1816 and the heir were George (IV). But as it happens, those who denigrate THIS Prince of Wales are morons and I have no respect for their stupid opinions.

Royal Names

I think the most popular name for European monarchs (defined herein as kings or emperors) has been Charles. Let's see: two kings of England & Scotland, ten kings of France, one king of Portugal, four kings of Spain, seven Holy Roman Emperors, one (beatified) Emperor of Austria-Hungary, nominally sixteen (actually ten) Kings of Sweden, two kings of Romania, one king of W├╝rttemberg. Did I miss anyone? Oh yes, there's Naples & Sicily which gets complicated because some kings ruled both with different numerals and then the last King Charles (VII/V) subsequently became III of Spain. But if you're ever in a situation where you have to guess the name of a European monarch, you have better odds with "Charles" than any other particular name.

Louis, especially after Louis IX was canonized, was extremely popular in France, going all the way up to XVIII (Woody Allen's character in "Small Time Crooks": "how high do the 'Louis's go? Anyway, it's a top Louis."), but in other countries, we have four Holy Roman Emperors, two kings of Bavaria, one king of Portugal, and one short-lived king of Spain. Not bad I suppose.

Edward unsurprisingly has been the most popular kingly name in England; the numbering only goes up to VIII, but there were additionally three Kings Edward before the Norman Conquest. But the name never really caught on on the Continent; just one king of Portugal.

Henry is another very important monarchical name; obviously, eight Kings of England. Four Kings of France, seven Holy Roman Emperors, four Kings of Castile.

We mustn't forget my own brother's name, William. Four kings of England (and God willing, one future), four kings of the Netherlands (though the present one insists on going by "Willem-Alexander"), two German Emperors, two kings of W├╝rttemberg.

Francis: two Kings of France, two Holy Roman Emperors, and two Kings of the Two Sicilies. (Of course now there's also the pope, but I'm not dealing with popes here.)

Ferdinand was the name of seven kings of Spain, three Holy Roman Emperors (a fourth was king of Bohemia & Hungary but predeceased his father so never became Emperor), two kings of the Two Sicilies, one Austrian Emperor, one king of Romania, one king of Bulgaria.

Philip: six kings of France, six kings of Spain (including the present one), the present king of Belgium.

Leopold: three kings of Belgium, two Holy Roman Emperors.

Maximilian: two Holy Roman Emperors, two kings of Bavaria, one Emperor of Mexico.

Joseph: one king of Portugal, one dubious (Napoleonic) king of Spain, two Holy Roman Emperors.

Alexander: three Kings of Scotland, three Emperors of Russia, one King of Greece, one Prince of Bulgaria, two kings of Serbia/Yugoslavia (though the second did not use "II").

John: one king of England (not a great success), six kings of Portugal, two kings of France, one king of Saxony, one king of Denmark.

Frederick: three Kings of Prussia, nine kings of Denmark, three Holy Roman Emperors.

George: six Kings of Great Britain (III & IV were also kings of Hanover), one additional king of Hanover, one king of Saxony, two kings of Greece.

Peter: four kings of Aragon, five Kings of Portugal (the 4th of whom was also I of Brazil), two Emperors of Brazil, three Emperors of Russia, two kings of Serbia/Yugoslavia.

Otto: four Holy Roman Emperors, one king of Greece, one king of Bavaria.

Harold: two pre-Conquest kings of England, five kings of Norway (including the present one).
This isn't really in any sort of order anymore, is it?

Most other names seem to be associated primarily or exclusively with one monarchy (e.g. Christian in Denmark, Gustav in Sweden, James in Britain).

I'm just typing this, without doing too much research to refresh my memory, on a rainy afternoon for no reason really. Hope someone enjoys it.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Off to the Old World!

In about 24 hours, God willing, I'll be departing from Philadelphia to Munich. I'm excited for my longest international excursion since 2011.

Basic itinerary:

16-20 July: Bavarian Castles Tour (Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee), Germany
20-22 July: Southern Cathedrals Festival, Chichester, England, UK
22-24 July: Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester
24-25 July: Birmingham
25-30 July: "Glorious Scotland" tour (Edinburgh, Glamis, Dunnottar, Kildrummy, Balmoral, Stirling, etc.) by Transcendent Travel
31 Jul-2 Aug: Edinburgh
2-5 August: visiting friends in Northern England
5-8 August: London
8-13 August: "To The Manor Born" tour by Transcendent Travel (Windsor, Highclere Castle, Bath, Boringdon Hall, Port Isaac, Tortworth, Hampton Court, etc.)
13-15 August: London

I'll hope to see as many of my UK friends as possible. After my return perhaps I'll post some pictures here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit Victorious!

I am absolutely thrilled at the magnificent Brexit result from across the pond! While the way ahead will not be quick or easy, the United Kingdom can now once again be a fully independent country. So very proud of all my Vote Leave friends in the UK who worked so hard for this victory and wish I could celebrate with them. We have proved that the arrogant "experts" who care little for what real people love can be defeated. I never thought I would say this, but my respect for the democratic process and the British public has been restored. Rule Britannia and God Save the Queen!

In my adult lifetime there have been three major referendums in the English-speaking world, all of which I wished I could have voted in (though few if any people could have voted in all three): Australia 1999, Scotland 2014, and Britain 2016. Incredibly, all three have now gone the way I wanted, though tonight's is the most surprising as it was the only one of the three in which I backed the anti-status-quo side. Maybe I am not so alone in this world politically after all. Maybe one day elsewhere in the world we will even see a successful referendum to restore a fallen monarchy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Believing in Britain

I haven't been addressing tomorrow's EU referendum in the UK at this blog, but it's too important to ignore completely. It probably will not come as a surprise to any regular readers that I favour a Leave vote ("Brexit"). Below is a collection of recent Facebook posts of mine which I think collectively explain my position sufficiently.

The EU vote on Thursday is not about specific outcomes of particular issues. It is not about immigration, or the NHS, or fishing, or environmentalism, or workplace regulations. Less still is it about any kind of nostalgia for the Empire, prone to that as I am. It is about one thing and one thing only: who will determine those outcomes in the future. If you are British and believe that Britain should be governed by its own government, please Vote Leave.

Nations that abolished their Monarchies are dead to me. Italy died in 1946, Germany and Austria died in 1918, Portugal died in 1910, France died several times a long time ago. The Continent has nothing constructive whatsoever to offer the United KINGDOM. Break free from the corpse!

The Remain camp are awfully fond of Hitler analogies, but the surviving men who actually fought against Hitler want Britain to Vote Leave. RIP Able Seaman Leonard Moore (1924/5-2016)

All I want for Britain is for Princes Charles, William, and George to inherit the throne of a fully independent and sovereign country.

I've been against the EU for a long time, before it was fashionable. I wrote this way back in 2000, when the possibility of the UK abolishing the Pound and joining the Euro was still under discussion (thank God that didn't happen!), and when I was still a liberal on American politics. Some things in Britain and Europe have changed since then (usually for the worse), but I think other points are as relevant today as they were then.

I've never been a big fan of National Review, but when they're right, they're right.

Since the Remain camp's online arguments seem to rely heavily on "look at all the nice reasonable respectable people on our side/eww, look at the nasty extremists on theirs," I'm sure they're just delighted to have a fine upstanding citizen like Anjem Choudary on board. Two can play at that game.

Here (from a former advisor to Pope John Paul II) is a refreshing contrast to the pro-Remain blatherings of our pathetic Archbishop of Canterbury (as well as the Archbishop of Westminster). There is nothing Christian about the EU, which even now is preparing to admit Turkey with potentially disastrous consequences, and yes, Christians should back Brexit. Everyone should back Brexit.

Terrific reception for HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in Liverpool today. While the EU referendum is a distinct issue from the Monarchy, and there are certainly Remainers who support the monarchy and (as I discovered on Twitter) republicans on the Leave side, I would be very surprised if most of Britain's most fervent royalists aren't voting Leave and most of the Crown's enemies aren't voting Remain. While I prefer to try not to read too much into recent reports, it seems likely that HM and HRH would, at the least, secretly not be displeased by a victory for Brexit.

Most monarchists, though we strongly support today's constitutional monarchies and would love to increase their number, accept that the days when European countries were directly ruled by hereditary "absolute" kings and queens unchecked by democratic elections are over. What is not acceptable, however, is for power to shift away from national governments to new undemocratic elites who are no more accountable than the old royal ones but without any of their history, grandeur, or charm. If the "ancien regime" rule of Kings must continue to be superseded by more "modern" systems, let it at least have been replaced with genuine national democracy and not a counterfeit headed towards the dissolution of nations into a single monstrosity.

The European Union is the worst of both worlds: an elite at least as self-serving, high-handed, and contemptuous of the concerns of ordinary people as French aristocrats of the 1780s were alleged to be and lacking any of the respect for "The People" that democrats claim to value (as we've seen in Greece), yet simultaneously alien to the traditional hierarchical and Christian culture of European nations, whose vestiges it may very well one day seek to abolish altogether. The EU is neither democratic nor monarchist, neither progressive nor traditionalist, neither truly socialist nor truly capitalist, but some kind of unholy hybrid of technocratic statism and neoliberal finance that benefits only its own officials. The referendum tomorrow is not a Left/Right issue, it is an Independence issue. As hard as it is may be for some of us to embrace some of our de facto allies, whether you are Labour or Tory, whether in the 1640s you would have fought for Oliver Cromwell or King Charles I, if you believe in Britain, please Vote Leave!