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DavidV

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When I joined the forum back in 2011, I had a sense of purpose and enjoyed the discussions. We had differences t we were always in a convival environment seemingly united by common goals. I really miss those days and lament that they have gone.

The last five years has seen a descent in the forum, in terms of dicussion and atmosphere. We really don't seem to be on the same page anymore. We've drifted apart in terms of our ideas and how we react to the world around us. It's sad, really.

We've had trolls who came and went, that disrupted the harmony of this place. And we've had in recent years a haughty and high-handed poster who thinks he's better than the rest of us, which has been a major factor in the decline.
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It might be that the platform isn't as conducive as Twitter – with the latter, you can reach a larger audience and it's easier to post images and have more in common with followers/followed etc.   I think we may all agree about monarchy being important, but then there are issues that divide us even more.   I've found the last few years frustrating here – don't feel this at all with Twitter.    
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Yes it's true blogs and social media make it easier to find like-minded people to discuss things with. I come here to post things that may be interesting but am frustrated with how little activity there is these days compared to years gone by when I at least got a few responses. Now I feel I'm fighting alone.
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I personally find twitter to be chaotic and not really usefull for a focused discussion.

And I do come on regularily, it's just that there's often nothing being posted.
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Well, people are clearly still checking the forum somewhat regularly, as you've had responses from Ponocrates and Elizabelo, and now from me, within a couple of days; that's quite impressive given the length of time the forums have been inactive. I appreciate your efforts to keep this forum alive, David, but to be entirely fair most of what you post consists of "political correctness gone mad" type stories designed to drum up outrage that aren't necessarily relevant to the forum's core purpose or of interest to the majority of members here. Perhaps the rest of us should be more pro-active in actually starting threads here rather than just waiting for someone to post something worth replying to.

I think Ponocrates is probably right about social media like Twitter sucking up a lot of activity that might previously have gone into this forum. Personally, I don't use Twitter, and whilst I do use Facebook I don't really engage in political discussion on it. Personally I prefer dedicated, anonymous forums like this for discussing politics and other lofty matters because I like to keep my personal, professional and political lives separate, although I'm not super-worried about keeping my identity secret; and on that note, if any stalwarts on this forum are interested in keeping in touch with me outside of it, I do check here fairly often so by all means drop a PM my way and I'll send a friend request on Facebook.

As for people's beliefs changing, I think my beliefs have changed since I first joined here. I feel that I've drifted towards a more mainstream One Nation Tory position and away from the eccentric reactionary circle that is internet monarchism, but I don't think that has had any impact on my not posting here as frequently. I'm still a staunch monarchist, and I still value having a community where I can interact with people who agree with me on things like the value of hereditary aristocracy and monarchs with actual power that don't garner much sympathy in mainstream political discussion, even among those who might consider themselves more right-wing than me in other respects.

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Vivat, unlike Facebook, which I don't do, Twitter should be more anonymous (use a pseudonym).  Blue Checks have an interest to be openly themselves for self-promotion, but there is no reason you should go by your actual name with Twitter.   And unlike "friends" with facebook, followers on Twitter have more to do with shared interest – you are followed or follow someone for shared ideas or thoughts.   If you are tired of what someone is posting, block or cease following him.

If you have a longer idea to express, you can either create a thread of tweets, or post it somewhere else, and link to it on Twitter.

BTW, I don't do Twitter to argue, but to pick up ideas and opinions from people I'm already simpatico with.   And I love the images of architecture and art!   It fills the soul.  I gather them like flowers in the field.   

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I use Facebook for communicating with friends and family, but I don't use it for any sort of actual discussions. I hardly ever use Twitter.

I think that the best thing to do is to just be patient, and continue posting whatever monarchical information comes up that seems interesting or relevant. I almost never initiate political posts on this forum, although I do respond to political posts initiated by others, that I find interesting.

I think that one of the most valuable aspects of this forum is its vast archive of interesting discussions and information on all aspects of monarchy, both current and historical, and that archive is readily available to anyone who's interested, and who chances upon this forum. Maybe the reason for the dearth of activity lately is just the fact that people don't know of this forum's existence, and don't come across it.

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That is why we do not need martyrs or those who would have people die for them.

We need wise and royal leadership that is more than populistic creativity intended to mobilise the gullible.

I believe Prince Inigo has many strong points going for him.

Motivated, competent, with professional background, eco-agro-forestry, military experience as well as
humanistic social welfare and scientific engagements. 

He is firm in is ethical views based on his Christian belief and practise.
While liberal and tolerant to other world views and creeds. 

He is a constitutional democrat with the will to serve as the first servant of the people.

From the TV Interviews, he reminds me in a way of Haakon VII of Norway, the Prince Christian Frederik of
Denmark, whom the Norwegians chose to be their King.
I wish someone like Jurgita Jurkate would interview Inigo and his partner, the dynamic charming wife Danielle again soon.

Haakon VII of Norway won and earned the respect and affection of his people. He played a pivotal role in uniting Norwegians when Hitler's Stormtroops invaded the nation. He was the figurehead of the resistance against the occupation and the German (and Norwegian) Nazis for five long years. There was the home front in Norway. There also German Anti-Nazis, such as Willy Brandt, the later peace-making Chancellor also fought the Nazis. And there was the Norwegian Army in exile integrated in the British Army.

We Lithuanians should have an integrated Baltic Defence Corps, in my opinion.
Yes, a part of a larger European Army with strong Nato ties; and have a strong National territorial reserve for defence and against natural catastrophes or emergencies as a result of cyber or prop attacks. 
And most important- wise and perfect passive and active protection and provisions for our people.

This holds as well for our democratic civil society and its institutions.

Back to Haakon VII. He withstood all pressure and temptations by the devilish dictator Hitler. Hitler had promised him absolutist monarchy should he bypass the parliament and negotiate terms directly with Hitler's envoy.  This was at the onset of the Nazi Invasion of Norway. 

Haakon refused profoundly with the Kings no! NEI ! 
He was elected by the people to their representative and the people he would serve. The Parliament were the peoples elected representatives and he would follow their council and decisions and serve.

Norway prevailed.

Norway is one of the most advanced happy and prosperous societies with equal rights irrespective of gender, belief or ethnicity.

Lithuania prevailed.

Lithuania has friends in the Union and its neighbours and allies, also strong neighbours with possibly revisionist ideas nearby dreaming of old hegemony back.

In modern digital times of global powers and cyber warfare attacks, we need steadfast and flexible thinkers, people with heart, true grit and ideals. Independent of quick tricks, games, good deals and gains.
Lithuania is on its way to become a happy, prosperous Baltic gem, with equal opportunities at home as well as in Europe and checked threats without oil or oligarchs.

I see Prince Inigo's truly felt obligation to the Lithuanian people, the country, to equal opportunities and eco-friendly development. 
He is obliged to stand true to his and his grandfather's pledge to the Lithuanian people.

In my opinion Prince Inigo can withstand any dictator or any other polemic undemocratic creature and put him in his right place. I believe Inigo has the heart of a peoples king and a right place for prince Inigo is as grand duke of Lithuania who does not replace parliament or president but represents the people and a tribute to our past and a promise for an independent, peaceful, strong and secure future.


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I sure hope the forum stays alive, although I haven't posted anything in quite a long time, so I can't really claim to have done my best for that myself. I do want to express my support for those who are trying to keep it alive, whatever that's worth.
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Many forums have experienced the same thing. Facebook in particular seems to have taken over from forums. People join Facebook groups and discuss things there. I can't see the attraction myself. The formatting and level of discussion is far below a good forum. Forums are much better for actually debating and discussing things in depth. Perhaps one thing that could revive participation is more theoretical discussion of monarchism. A lot of the political discussion here today is only tangentially related to monarchism. It may be worthy discussion, and I am as much a participant in it as anyone, but that kind of discussion can be got in many places, including Facebook. That's not true for monarchist theory. I help run The Classical Theist Forum. We're not exactly a large forum, but there's a reasonable amount of discussion, and I think that's partly because you can't easily engage in the same depth of philosophical and theological discussion on Facebook.
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I regret my long absence from this place (if ,indeed, a 'website' is actually a 'site', then this is a grand place).

 

The forum is not dying, and as noted above, provides a place where it is possible to have conversations that actually impact the thinking of those involved.  I will be here more often, I hope, in the future, for my own edification, not to ensure the survival of a forum that could easily outlive me.


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Nice to see you back, Baron


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I apologise for my lack of attention recently to my own forum. I will try to check in more frequently, though of course it's not actually necessary for me to post in order for others to do so.

As already stated by others above, social media does tend to dominate one's internet time these days. I quit Twitter recently, but remain active on Facebook (including in various monarchical discussion groups, particularly the largest one which is simply called "Monarchists") and Instagram. (I remain "royalcello" as well at both platforms so am easily found.)

I believe I have at least removed all the recent spam now.

The numerous responses to this thread alone prove that the forum is hardly "dying," and I'm glad of that.

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Azadi will revive this forum!
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I hope to be here, going on and on about my views, more often as well. 


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