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To: Steelfish

“... wore traditional uniforms”

Hmmm ... hmmm ... you know, I’ve seen pics of Austrian monarchist gatherings where some of the participants were decked out in the regalia of the old Kaiserlich-und-Koeniglich army.

Damn Woodrow Wilson for involving the USA in the break-up one of history’s few somewhat successful experiments in multiculturalism.

Austria-Hungary may have been the “Ramshackle Empire,” but we owe that description to rabidly anti-Hapsburg British historians. When you look at how it really operated, the Hapsburg empire was one of the better-governed states of Old Europe, largely because the bureaucracy was so inefficient they to a large degree left people alone.

I am vastly oversimplying for effect here.

Freepers, if you have the time, treat yourself to one of Erich von Keuhnelt-Leddihn’s books, especially his late opus “Leftism Revisted.” The way he explains it, the only way to have a multiethnic, or as we would say today, multicultural, society is under a monarchy.

The king or emperor is supposedly above petty ethnic strife, and the protector of all his subjects.

This is again a simplification, and a hard concept for Americans to understand. I’ve read a lot of von K-L and I think I get it on a gut level, even if explaining his ideas stretches my writing abilities.

Also on a gut level, I now realize that the Great War may have been the last chance to bottle up the demons unleashed by the French Revolution. A victory by Germany and Austria-Hungary would more than likely have produced a much more stable post-war balance of power. I know it’s hard for Americans to think of our allies France and Britain so humiliated, but they paid for their victories in so much blood and treasure that they would have lost their empires anyway.


9 posted on 04/11/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT by Colonel Blimp (Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo)
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To: Colonel Blimp

You are so, so right, Colonel. Thank God there’s one person left on FR who knows what real Conservatism is.

And I love the screen name, you imperialist!


12 posted on 04/11/2010 4:54:36 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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