“Still round the corner there may wait…”

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The following account was found among the marginalia of a late Fourth Age manuscript of The King’s Book of Findegil, quite possibly based on a now lost journal or letter;

I am Tuor Artirion, of the Citadel Guard of Minas Tirith, son of Galdor Artirion, lately of the White Company of the Prince of Ithilien. I am the last of mortal men to enter the land of the Halflings while that country lasts, unless it be that the King decides to grant such a grace again, and this is my tale.

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Patriotism and Nationalism: Ordered Love of Country and Disordered Attachment to Nation

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Patriotism, not nationalism, is the ideal political attachment. The patriot is proud of and happy about his country and the variety of cultures, languages, races, institutions, estates and classes, traditions and opinions it harbors. The nationalist is in danger of considering himself (as part of a collective unit) superior to the members of other nationalities (ethnic groups). He comes dangerously close to the racist. His loyalties have taken on a horizontal rather than a vertical character.

Nationalism is a “natural” tendency: the nation is the cultural group one is born into (natus). The patriot, however, takes a supranatural, an ethical stand. He vows loyalty and affection to the country of his birth, of his forebears, or to an adopted fatherland. Indeed, there are great countries on this globe which have grown by virtue of choice and adoption on the part of their citizens rather than by birthrates.

Nationalism (and racism) have repeatedly created dissent, rebellion, and wars. The modern “popular” mass-war has ideological or nationalistic roots and sometimes even racist undertones.

-Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, The Portland Declaration Article 21  

United in Victory

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Venimus, Vidimus, Deus vicit!

“We came, we saw, God conquered!” These words of the Polish King Jan Sobieski reflect well the Hand of Providence in the victory which decisively saved Christendom from the long Turkish onslaught.  The soldiers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and their King certainly deserve the glory hard won on the Kahlenberg. However, save in their own countries those who fought alongside the renown Winged Hussars are often overshadowed and overlooked, be they Imperials, or the Lipka Tatars (Lithuanian Turkic Muslims who fought in the defense of Vienna).

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There Never was a “First German Empire”!

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Of course, there was always Germany, in the sense that there were always Germans. But in so far as those Germans had a country, a culture, a common centre of their civilisation, it was never, through all the ages, what we now call Germany. It was what we now call Austria. In so far as they were ruled by a Kaiser, the Emperor of Austria was the one and only Kaiser. In so far as there was a German Empire, the Austrian Empire was the one and only German Empire. They were more loosely federated than the solid nations like France; they could be regarded as small separate kingdoms and dukedoms; but in so far as they were ever one thing, this was the one and only thing. If they belonged to any Empire, it could only conceivably be the Holy Roman Empire, and the great imperial throne upon the Danube.-

Throughout the Anglosphere since the rise of the heresy of Nationalism (which Deo volente will be the subject of one of my next posts) there has arisen the regrettable practice of referring to the “First German Empire”.  This error pervades even the most well thought out articles, which otherwise provide valid points and arguments. Yet why exactly is this commonplace understanding so much in error?

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For the Honor of Austria: Ban Josip Jelačić von Bužim

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Being a son of the nation, being the supporter of liberty, and being subject to Austria, I am faithfully committed to the constitutional Emperor of the Empire and its Kings, and I long for a great, free Austria. The [Revolutionary] Hungarian Government, as it is evident, would not like to agree on this; they insist on their separatist moves, which means they struggle to dismantle our Empire. It is the command of our duty and honour to go till the ultimate and to call for arms against them. And we, not sparing our wealth, blood and life, will stand for our rightful demands and sacred deeds.

-Josip Jelačić, Ban of the Kingdom of Croatia, Count von Bužim, Knight of the Military Order of Maria Theresa

Bože živi, Bože štiti Cara našeg i naš dom.
Vječnom Ti ih slavom kiti, Snagom Ti ih jačaj svom.
Ti nam sretne dane množi, Habsburškoj ih kući daj,
S njenom snagom zauvijek složi
Hrvatske nam krune sjaj

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Sub Specie Æternitatis

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People forget that even an ideal realm with such sacred foundations as the Holy Roman Empire, with an emperor who was personally holy such as Henry II, still remains something this-worldly and earthly. The Church rises infinitely above this realm, since she is essentially supernatural. As the unity of the Church triumphant, suffering, an militant, she connects the world to come with this world. The focal point must never be shifted to the extent that too much is expected sub specie æternitatis from an earthly realm. In building up the earth one should bring in neither too little theology nor too much theology.

-Dietrich von Hildebrand, Noch einmal: Katholizismus und Politik

Reflections on Courage and Chivalry

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Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers…. But Christianity has done more: it has marked the limits of it in the awful graves of the suicide and the hero, showing the distance between him who dies for the sake of living and him who dies for the sake of dying. And it has held up ever since above the European lances the banner of the mystery of chivalry: the Christian courage, which is a disdain of death…-G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Courage is the fundamental virtue of Chivalry, and one of the foundational virtues of Civilization. What exactly is courage? It is the unbreaking soul that has passed the breaking point of despair, firmness under the stress of every evil, resolve in the face of Death himself. And this ultimate Courage is only possible to him who has Love of True Life, Faith in what is Good and Free, and the Hope born of Faith in Final Victory.

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Some thoughts on the present state of Islam

A perceptive post on modern Islam by my good friend the Imperial Traditionalist

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The mainstream views on Islam are getting, quite frankly, rather tiring. Nearly everyone insists that you have to either be totally blind to the crisis at hand and believe that ISIS only exist because of poverty and american imperialism, or be a loony who thinks that ISIS is the pinnacle of Islamic teaching and that all Muslims are terrorists. Neither is true. Islam is not a religion of peace, but honestly, I’d be hesitant to call any religion a “religion of peace” without first indicating what I meant by peace. There is a longstanding tradition of Holy War in Islam, but there is no major, mainstream tradition of Islamic terrorism, and the distinction between this needs to be made. Saladin’s conquests were in line with traditional Islamic thought, ISIS or Al-Qaeda committed random acts of terror against unarmed civilians is most certainly not. Modern Islamic Terrorism is rooted almost entirely…

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K.u.K. HRM 3: Captain Karl Burian

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K.u.K. HRM Official Order No. 3

Members of K.u.K HRM:

  • Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Imperial and Royal Officer Karl Burian, Exemplar of the Hapsburg Restoration Movement, and leader of the Legitimist Resistance against the National Socialist invasion of Austria.
  •  The youngest officer in the Imperial and Royal Army, he served as a lieutenant in the Imperial 8th Dragoons on the Russian Front during the Great War, and was captured by the enemy in 1916. He escaped from Siberia in 1917 to fight until the end of the war, after which he studied philosophy and founded the academic Legitimist Corps der Ottonen. He was arrested in Vienna during the Restoration attempt of Emperor Karl in 1921, and sentenced to death in absentia in Bohemia.

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“Crows That Are Crowned As Kings…”

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And now Christendom is no more. Upon its ruins, odiously counterfeiting the Holy Empire, Satan has raised up, to the shame of the West, his false empire, formed out of successive encroachments, and recognizing as its first origin the apostasy of the felon knight Albert of Brandenburg… Oh Lord, arrest the progress of the false empires that arise in the North out of schism and heresy, and permit not the peoples of the Holy Roman Empire to ever fall prey to them.

Return, oh Emperor of the great ages, fight for the Church; rally the ruins of Christendom about the traditional ground, the common interest of all Catholic countries; and that alliance which your high politics had once concluded, will return to the world the security, the peace, the prosperity which will not yield to the mercy of violence.

-Dom Prosper Guéranger, L’Année Liturgique