Saturday, October 3, 2015

From 1776 to Roseburg

My mom came across this interesting comment online and sent it to me:

I believe the reason for the love of guns in America is 
spiritual/psychological, rooted in fear and lies. The people of the 13 
colonies were hyped up to believe that “tyranny” was imminent (hyped up 
by a wealthy upper class that stood to profit more by paying less taxes 
and not being limited by the Crown from settling behind the 
Appalachians). They bought the hype and believed that only bloodshed and
 the sacrifice of sons—even the apparent bulk of Christian ministers 
cast off “render unto Caesar” in favor of violence against the state and 
enemies. Then, the worst possible outcome for the American psyche: they 
*won*! Because they won, their faith and hearts clung to that which they
 believed gave them victory: 1) abandoning diplomacy & peace in 
favor of violence, 2) guns, etc. This solidified a deep spiritual and 
psychological attachment in the national psyche and kept alive by the 
education system as part of the national mythos. It has kept alive (as 
necessary) the often irrational fear of imminent tyranny. It has made 
“war” sacred and the sacrifices of soldiers beyond question. You can 
question any religious dogma, but as soon as you question whether 
soldiers’ sacrifices were right or not, you’ve crossed the line.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (1939-2015)

RIP Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, who died yesterday at 76 after a long illness. The eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II's grandson Prince Louis Ferdinand (1907-1994) and Grand Duchess Kira of Russia (1909-1967), he would have succeeded him as head of the House of Hohenzollern had he not married a commoner. (Deposed royal families are often stricter about their marriage laws than reigning ones, since they have no way to change the rules that were in place during the monarchy. Had the German/Prussian monarchy endured, it's likely that the marriage requirements would have been weakened eventually.) A historian who specialized in his own family including Frederick the Great, he is survived by four children including Philipp, a Lutheran pastor, who has advocated the restoration of monarchy in Germany.

I neglected to mention at this blog that his former sister-in-law Duchess Donata (née Countess of Castell-Rüdenhausen), married firstly to Friedrich Wilhelm's younger brother Prince Louis Ferdinand (1944-1977), with whom she had the actual current head of the family Prince Georg Friedrich, and secondly to their sister's ex-husband Duke Friedrich of Oldenburg, died on September 5 at 65. So the Prussian royal family is doubly bereaved this month. May they both rest in peace, and may the Monarchy they ought to have been able to serve one day rise again.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II: The Longest Reign

Today, in a remarkable milestone, HM Queen Elizabeth II (r 6 Feb 1952 - ) becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history, breaking the record of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (r 20 Jun 1837 - 22 Jan 1901). Congratulations to Her Majesty on her many years of tireless service to Britain and the Commonwealth! God Save the Queen.

Here is my updated list of Europe's longest reigning monarchs. It has not been as often noted today that Queen Elizabeth II is now not only the longest reigning monarch in British history, but the third longest reigning monarch of ANY kingdom or empire in European history; only King Louis XIV of France (72: 1643-1715) and Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary (68: 1848-1916) still outrank her. If smaller states are included, the picture might get a little more complicated, but to my knowledge only Johann II of Liechtenstein (71: 1858-1929) would need to be added; the Queen has already bested Elector/King Friedrich August III (I) of Saxony (1763-1827).

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rite of Spring

Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which we will perform at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, Oregon tonight, is probably the most thoroughly Modern piece of music that I really like. By that I do not mean the most recent, for it is now 102 years old and there are many more recent compositions that I like. But even if innovative in their own way (as for example I think the music of Benjamin Britten--who was not even born yet in May 1913--certainly was), they tend to be the sort that can be considered relatively "conservative" (problematic as that term is when applied to music), not at the forefront of the most avant-garde currents of their time. It is Rite of Spring that in my opinion is the last major work to both speak with the full force of shattering existing convention, as composers like Beethoven and Wagner did before it, and yet constitute a satisfying artistic experience for those of us who do not value "Progress" for its own sake, a work that has unquestionably stood up to the test of time and as early as 1940, only 27 years later, was considered "accessible" enough to be appropriated by popular culture in Disney's Fantasia.

It is probably not a coincidence that it was in the following few years that European Civilisation by my monarchist standards fell apart, never to recover acceptably; perhaps there was nowhere else positive it could go. The Rite of Spring premiered in a France whose republicanism was still very much the exception, with the rest of Europe save Switzerland and (since 1910) Portugal still ruled by monarchies whose reigning dynasties traced their lineages back a thousand years or more to early Medieval times. Here then is a snapshot of Europe as it was in May 1913, a vibrant and restless yet outwardly still traditional society. Remember that in order for pushing the boundaries as free-spirited artists are wont to do to be interesting, there must be some decent boundaries still standing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Rant on Germany and Greece

I am sick and tired of hearing about Germany and Greece and their disgusting republics. Germany has not had a legitimate government since 1918, Greece since 1973 or arguably 1967. A plague on both their houses. Nations that abolish their monarchies are dead to me. Their miserable politicians should be forced to step down and do penance in monasteries or convents for the rest of their worthless lives. Republicanism and Democracy have failed utterly by their own standards. It is long past time for Europeans to repent of the monstrous errors of 1789-94 and 1917-18 and return to the only system that ever worked: the divinely ordained rule by hereditary Christian monarchs from the same families that built European civilization for more than a thousand years before the satanic darkness of modernity descended. Get down on your knees, Germans, and bow to Kaiser Georg Friedrich I and all the regional rulers as well. Get down on your knees, Greeks, and bow to King Constantine II. Nothing else is acceptable. Return to Altar and Throne, or suffer everlasting wrath.

Monday, June 29, 2015

England and France 2015

Apologies for my long absence here. I recently returned from a splendid three-week visit to England and France where I saw (or met for the first time) many monarchist friends. I am not sure I have the time or inclination to create a comprehensive blog post with multiple photos and so forth adequately summarizing the trip, but among the highlights were seeing the Queen and Royal Family at Trooping the Colour on the 13th and from even closer at Garter Day on the 15th, as well as my first visits to Versailles and the tombs of the Kings of France at St Denis. In England I went to Choral Evensong almost every day; here is a list of the music at all the services I attended. God Save the Queen and Vive le Roi!

HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Garter Day, 15 June 2015

With French royalist Nicolas Matthews at Versailles, 18 June 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mail attempts to profile Louis XX

There are so many errors in this article I barely know where to start. Louis Alfonso's pedigree would not put the Queen to shame; while they are both descendants of Queen Victoria, his ancestry is only 1/4 royal while hers is 1/2 royal. Louis XIV (r 1643-1715) was far from France's last Bourbon king; that would be Charles X (r 1824-30), or if the Orléans are considered a branch of the Bourbons, Louis Philippe (r 1830-48). And why is it so commonly believed that Monarchy in France ended permanently with the French Revolution? I see this error all the time. The French monarchy did not "come to a sticky end at the hands of Robespierre and later Napoleon." As anyone with even a rudimentary familiarity with French history knows, the monarchy was subsequently restored and France was governed by monarchs of various sorts for the majority of the 19th century.
Still, at least the Duke of Anjou and French royalism in general are getting some publicity in the English-language media. The French Republic has utterly failed and cannot be saved, even by Marine Le Pen, nor should it be. Vive le Roi!