Thursday, April 26, 2007

Political parties and the vast majority
ISTEN to a Whig, or to a Tory, and you will suppose that the great bulk of society range under his banner; all, at least, who have any property at stake. Listen to a Radical, and you will suppose that all are marshalled in the same ranks with himself, unless those who have some private interest in existing abuses, or have aristocratic privileges to defend. Yet, upon going extensively into society as it is, you find that a vast majority of good citizens are of no party whatsoever, own no party designation, care for no party interest, but carry their good wishes by turns to men of every party, according to the momentary purpose they are pursuing.
— Thomas De Quincey, Recollections of the Lakes and the Lake Poets

From Laudator temporis acti.

John Boyden meets Archduke Otto von Habsburg

A legitimist
I am often asked if I am a republican or a monarchist. I am neither, I am a legitimist: I am for legitimate government. You could never have a monarchy in Switzerland, and it would be asinine to imagine Spain as a republic.
— Archduke Otto von Habsburg

The world would have been a better place if his father had won World War I.

Regarding government according to Robert Massie the late saintly Tsar Nicholas II said something similar: he liked America’s system, which worked there, but thought it wouldn’t work in Russia.

From The Western Confucian.

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