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N.T. Carlsbad

Wanderer trying to rediscover the classical counterrevolutionary tradition. Blogs at https://carlsbad1819.wordpress.com

Giacinto de' Sivo: Enemy of Italian Unification

Having spoken about il Risorgimento and the "partito moderati" in revolutionary Italy before to various degrees, a logical next avenue to pursue is the question of who best epitomizes the intellectual legacy of the Lost Cause of the Italian South. The Lost Cause of the American South had and continues to have various partisans and spokesmen, but the one in Italy is much more sparsely represented. Over 130 years later, Jefferson Davis' The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (1881) remai

Metternich and His Secret Police

This is a belated response to a comment exchange between The Hapsburg Restorationist and Metternichian Theory that took place a few weeks ago, and republished as a standalone post. THR quotes Kuehnelt-Leddihn on Metternich's regime learning too much from the enemy (the Jacobins) and assuming a leftist character in its Polizeistaat nature. I don't think that was the problem with it, however. First, we have to talk about the nature of the Holy Alliance and the concert system that the Metternichian

Two Visions of National Sovereignty: English and Frankish

The Prussian conservative Hans Hugo von Kleist-Retzow once said that a nation without class divisions is but a mere horde, "like the Huns." Echoing the same sensibility earlier, the royalist Armand Francois d'Allonville (1764-1853) strongly rebuked the promotion of constitutionalist ideas among the right-reformist monarchien faction led by the Baron Malouet: "You are a very wicked man in saying that you must choose between one and two chambers, and in not voting for the three orders." The idea o

Costin Alamariu Is Damn Right About The 'Alt-Right'

I generally don't interact with the alt-right, and I seldom directly aim any polemics in that direction. After reading Costin Alamariu's reply to Matthew Rose on the alt-right, I quickly mocked it and left it at that. The boys at Thermidor, however, asked me to write a response. At first, I was hesitant because as untenable and disingenuous as I found Alamariu to be still promoting the alt-right as a "broad-tent" youth revolt, there is still utility in such misinformation for the purposes of sp

The Imperial Presidency That Never Comes

There never was a great republic on earth which did not immediately change into a monarchy. It is to evade the usurpations of the victorious army generals, and the tyranny of the military government, that the great people voluntarily give to their constitution the weight of the diadem. If Marius, Sulla or Caesar, on their return from their conquests, had founded at Rome a hereditary kingship, they could not have been crowned by their soldiers. Democracy, in a state like France, enclosed among ri

Lally-Tollendal's Defense of the Royalist Emigres

The problems of dealing with migrants, refugees and settlers are an area that empires have had a decisive advantage in, historically. States founded on civic equality, constitutional rights and unitary territorial integrity do not have the mechanisms of personal control, the corpus domini (body of the lord) as opposed to corpus civitatis (civic body) style of governing in a patrimonial and seignorial fashion. As such, they suffer terribly when dealing with exceptional disasters like refugee cris

Vaublanc's Specula Principum for the Modern Age

The "specula principum," or "mirrors for princes," was a longstanding genre in European literature starting from at least the Carolingian period in the early 9th century, with the most notable examples from that time probably being Sedulius Scottius and Hincmar of Reims. Such books of instruction and advice, dedicated to personal rulers as opposed to institutions, covered various subjects from exhortations to virtue and piety, household and fiscal management, selection of ministers, ecclesiastic

Speaking Freely of Freely Speaking Sedition

Given that free speech is one of the most harmful ideas of the past several centuries (it may just take the number one spot, for all I can tell), hammering this point repeatedly has some value, especially given that the framing of today's culture wars converges around this pro/anti-speech axis where the side which poses the greatest existential threat also happens to be quite correct on the subject of dealing with dissent. It's also a good opportunity to sample more Bourbonist opinions, which is