Saturday, August 5, 2006

Monarchy Stuff and the Great Disaster of the 20th Century

. . . Instead, the fall of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian monarchies let the poisons of the French Revolution loose unchecked upon the West and upon the world. The Marxist historian Arno Mayer is correct in arguing that in 1914, the United States represented (as a republic, with France) the international left, while by 1919 it was organizing the international right. America had not changed; the spectrum had shifted around it. . .

William S. Lind “The Prussian Monarchy Stuff." From his column On War No.177, 31 July 2006.

As readers may know, El Jefe is somewhat interested in things military, and in military history, and is of a somewhat, well, conservative bent. So naturally, El Jefe has heard of William S. Lind, the Director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation.

I have a lot of disagreements with Mr. Lind, over such things as the war in Iraq, but we also have many views in common, and on one particular subject, (the disaster called World War I), Mr. Lind is virtually channeling El Jefe. Go read his piece, here. Food for thought.

As Mr. Lind says elsewhere, of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, on the 28 June 1914 which kicked-off the madness: “. . .unhappy day! Franz Ferdinand, you took the world with you.”

3 comments:

louielouie said...

This once-placid port city is looking a lot like the mob-ruled Chicago of the 1920’s,

i see an episode of star trek in the offing. if i can get some "heaters" i might be able to make some contacts. this was more of an example of your comparison of criminal gangs and communism.

as for mr. lind's 1914 article, i don't understand the default position of to be a conservative one prefers a monarchy. i followed the action of the french release of their "poisons" but just don't get the monarchy position. neither am i an anglophile.

Anonymous said...

A site that tells how the horror that we call (spit spit uuuuuugh) monatrchy killed more people than Communism, in teh 20th Century alone, http://www.lonympics.co.uk/thecrimsonbookofroyalty.htm

El Jefe Maximo said...

Quite a bizarre website, which calls Hitler a royalist (he assuredly was not), and which blames the death toll of the Great War on the Kaiser and Czar...to begin with these were war dead, not victims of political persecution, and this point of view ignores the fact that the act which begin the war, the murder of the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was a terrorist act carried out by nationalist fanatics who were anything but friendly to these monarchies.