“There is not a place left which is free of the disease of sin, all is an ulcer, all a wound, a swelling, all is putrefying, all is hellfire, all is sickness, all is sin, all is a lie, all is deceit, all is cunning, all is treachery, all is guile, all is falsehood, all is illusion, all is a dream, all is vapor, all is smoke, all is bustle, all is vanity, all is delusion.” (Ivan Vyshensky of Athos, 1619)

This online journal is a forum for some recent academic essays by Professor Matthew Raphael Johnson. Given current events in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s extraordinary rebuke to American liberal arrogance, revisionist work on Russian history is sorely needed. He was the first among English speaking Orthodox writers to understand Putin as a needed balance to the American empire. This postmodern imperium, headquartered in the US, is a demonic, serpentine dominion that spreads the postmodern acid of American mass-zombification to the world. It is Antichrist.

The Soviet empire was malignant, but what replaced it in the 1990s was worse. The Russia that survived Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin almost disappeared under liberalism. Liberal rule is more insidious and sophisticated than the USSR because it is not based on state power. Instead, it is based on the rule of private capital. The cosmopolitan and neurotic American capitalist seeks to “liberate the individual” so as to more easily enslave him to his passions. Then, this isolated mass-man — this crippled, malformed cipher of a human being — is offered the satisfaction of his passions for a fee.

From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Johnson created The Orthodox Nationalist, a series of lectures on all facets of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. He was soon shocked to learn that it was the most accessed podcast on the old Voice of Reason network and became very influential in Russian nationalist and Orthodox circles. Beginning in March of 2016, TON was reborn under the sponsorship of the Traditionalist Youth Network. Dr. Johnson would like to thank Matthew Heimbach and DM Parrot for their generosity in supporting this project and hosting this website.
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Donations are gladly accepted. Dr. Johnson, due to an ugly divorce he did not want, is now substantially in debt. He begs your assistance. Every dime raised is used exclusively for research expenses or debt service. Unfortunately, he does not have an army of grad assistants at his beck and call. It is rarely remarked that the large number of undergraduate papers that cross a professor’s desk represents quite a bit of free research. The professor is under no legal obligation to disclose its source and can assign papers that conveniently serve his research needs. Add to this department secretaries, “personal assistants” and graduate students, the professoriate is a privileged job like no other. Dr. Johnson’s substantial body of work was done with no institutional support.

Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. His research agenda centers around ethnic nationalism, Eurasianism and the Orthodox tradition as forms of rebellion against globalism. He has recently completed a lengthy book on the history of Ukrainian political thought from Mazepa to the present. Now, he is in the midst of a substantial book on nominalism and its condemnation by Patristic and Platonic authors.

He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999 as a recipient of the Sennen, as well as the Clare and Marguerite MacPhee Fellowships, focusing on anti-modernist social philosophy. His dissertation details Michael Oakeshott’s critique of Positivism. The central philosophical thesis running through all his philosophical work is that nominalism is the root ontological evil. It lies at the foundation of the 20th century and it is termed by Johnson as “the ontology of death.”

He is a former professor of both history and political science at the University of Nebraska (as a graduate student), Penn State University and Mount St. Mary’s University. Since 1999, he has been the editor (and is presently Senior Researcher) at The Barnes Review, a well-known renegade journal of European history. In addition, he continues to translate, write, teach and lecture in defense of the Russian Orthodox monarchist and nationalist social vision. His idiosyncratic non-conformity is many things, but unoriginal is never, ever one of them. The massive increase in writing on Russian politics over the last few years has granted him the honor of being one the most plagiarized men on the internet.

On July 28 2016, Andrew Carrington Hitchcock in London interviewed Dr. Johnson on his personal biography and background. Not comfortable with talking about himself, Dr. Johnson accepted this request for the sake of better understanding the origin of his political point of view. It also gave him the opportunity to thank the many people involved in his education. Hitchcock, in Johnson’s opinion, is one of the best and most interesting radio personalities in the west. This interview sheds a great amount of light on how this Irishman from suburban New Jersey became one of the most literate, albeit idiosyncratic, advocates of Russian Orthodox nationalism in the English-speaking world.

Dr. Johnson is the author of several books, the newest being The Foreign Policy of Mass Society: The Failure of Western Engagement in the Islamic World. His other books include Sobornosti: Essays on the Old Faith; Heavenly Serbia and the Medieval Idea; Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality: Lectures on Medieval Russia; The Ancient Orthodox Tradition in Russian Literature; The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy; and Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin.

The first five of these books have been brought under Hromada Books, a new publishing house, using Lulu Inc. as a binder and retail intermediary. His author spotlight has been recently revised and book prices lowered. University students are mercilessly exploited by academics whose six figure salary is apparently insufficient for them. Students spend an average of $1168 on books and materials per semester. Worse, academics use graduate student serfs to change a few semicolons and then put the book out as a “new edition,” rendering the previous edition impossible to return. Students then must buy the new edition for each following semester, making buying used versions impossible. This is from an academic class that condemns “economic self seeking” on a daily basis.

 Interview with the Founders of the North American Institute (September 2 2016)

 Interview with Rick Adams, part I (August 6 2016)

 Interview with Rick Adams, part II (August 6 2016)

 Interview on the Andrew Carrington Hitchcock Show: Russia and the Jews (July 25 2016)

 Interview on the Andrew Carrington Hitchcock Show: Jews and the Slave Trade (July 22 2016)

 Interview on the Andrew Carrington Hitchcock Show: Samuel Roth’s Social Ideas (June 27 2016)

 Interview with Matthew Raphael Johnson in the Quebecois Le Harfang Newspaper (Summer 2015)

 Interview with Radio Wehrwolf on Soviet History (March 17 2016)

 Interview on the Andrew Carrington Hitchcock Show: Russia, Past, Present and Future (June 14 2016)


The Response of Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson to His “Trial” and “Deposition” from the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia

Podcast Answering the Late Bishop Joseph (Royer) and His Crusade against Nationalism

Full Response on the Question of Nationalism and the Metropolia

First Letter to Metropolitan John (LoBue)

Second Letter to Metropolitan John (LoBue)

Third Letter to Metropolitan John (LoBue)

Ship of Fools: Response to the Ecclesiastical Court and the Synodal Verdict (September 17 2016)

Interview with Sven Longshanks on Dr. Johnson’s Response to the Verdict (September 20 2016)

Bishop Joseph (Royer) died on December 19 2016. He was 61. I ask my friends to pray for his soul.


 Recent Articles by Matthew Raphael Johnson

Anarchism and Orthodox Community:
The Politics of Sobornost, the Ancient Ritual and the Destruction of Old Russia by the Petrine State (Excerpt from Johnson’s Sobornosti: Essays on the Old Faith

““Ethno-Phyletism” — The Sociopolitical Context for a Pseudo-Heresy and the Religion of Clerical Bureaucracy

The Beast’s Final Gamble: Gold, Capitalism and China’s Threat to World Liberalism

Bulgaria in the European Union: Volen Siderov, Social Nationalism and the Resistance to Dependency

The Osculum Infame in the Balkans: Albania’s Alliance with the Globalist World Order and its Catastrophic Repercussions

The Donbass Rebellion and the Political Idea of Novorossiya

The Romantic Neo-Medieval Synthesis: Nominalism, John Ruskin and the Destruction of Thought

Vladimir Putin’s War Against the Oligarchs: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Yeltsin’s Legacy

Self-Indulgent Historical Mythology: The Fantasy of Stalin’s “Antisemitic Russian Nationalism”

Nikolay Lossky’s Argument Against Nominalism

Hegelian Economics, Metaphysics and the Social Form of Beauty

Postmodern Empire: Dependence, Debt and the Nature of Anti-Globalist Resistance

Unraveling the Myths about Gregory Rasputin: Revolutionary Lies, Academic Fraud and the Provisional Government’s “Emergency Commission of Inquiry”

“The Cold and Sour Temper of These Backwoodsmen” — Antifederalism, Alexander Hamilton and the Bill of Rights

Agrarianism and the Counterrevolution: The Ideology of Illusion and Modernity

Freud’s Aesthetics: Matriarchy, Sublimation and the Surreal

Money Fetishized as Organic: Christianity, Usury and the Power of Fraud

Manifestum est Regnum Bestiae: Euromaidan, Liberal Capitalism and the Ukrainian Debacle

Charlemagne’s Empire: The Resurrection of Rome on the Ruins of Usurers and Frauds

Aristotle’s Ideal State, Hierarchy and Happiness

The Cold War: Grandiosity and Rhetoric as a Diplomatic Confrontation between Two Factions of the Ruling Class

Thomas Aquinas on Charity and Love: Citizenship and Scholastic Metaphysics

Romanesque Architecture and the Symbolic Platonism of the Medieval World in Europe

The Wesleyan Revival in England and the Enlightenment: The Depravity of Total Depravity

Yet Another Six Million: The Fable of Pogroms against Jews in Tsarist Russia

The Sexual Revolution in Post-Reform Russia: Left-Radicalism, Feminism and its Connection to Terrorism from 1861 to the Great War

The Regime: Usury, Khazaria and the American Mass

An Outline of Putin’s Success: Authoritarianism, Tradition and the Survival of Russia

Hyperreality in Film: The Skulls, the X-Files and the Cognitive Dissonance of the Elite

Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and the Disordered Will: The Renaissance, Alchemy and Greco-Roman Paganism

The Fraud of Bourgeois Christianity: The Prophets and the Economic Doctrine of the Orthodox Church

Communism and Political Terror: Trotskyism, Stalinism and the West in Revisionist Perspective

Soviet Ideology, Western Delusion and The Russian Orthodox Church in the USSR

The Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War: The Myth of Western Anti-Communism

Russian History and the Myth of the Cold War: Western Capitalism as the “Builder of the Workers Paradise”

John Henry Newman on Wisdom, Nominalism and the Foundations of Social Justice

Empire at All Costs: London, Vienna and the Causes of World War I

Reason and Man’s Devolution into Insanity: The Social Ontology of Gregory the Great

Judaism in Medieval Novgorod: The Development of the Russian Orthodox Church Doctrine on the Jews

At War with Prometheus: The Philosophy of Hyhorii Skovoroda

Nominalism, Psychology and the Underground Man: The Revolt against the Mass

“According to God’s Purpose” – The Truth about Tsar Ivan IV, Oligarchy and the Legacy of Medieval Russia

Putin’s Orthodoxy: A Few Ideas about His Religious Views and the New Russia

The Heresy that Never Was: The “Ethnophyletism” Hoax, Usury and Historical Illiteracy

From Yeltsin to Putin: Chubais, Liberal Pathology, and Harvard’s Criminal Record

Ukrainian Nationalism, Socialism and the Resistance to Imperialism in the 20th Century: From Franko to Stoyan

Modern Science and Darwin: Nominalism and the Failure of the Scientific Establishment

Cogitatio Bestia: Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Argument for American Empire in The Grand Chessboard

Lev Tikhomirov on the Jews, Revolution and The “People’s Will”

Globalization and the Decline of the West: Eurasianism, the State and the Rebirth of Ethnic-Socialism

Prince Vladimir Monomakh, the Jews and the Anti-Usury Uprising of 1113 in Kiev

The Tragedy of Moldova: Dependency, Globalization and the Cataclysmal Power of Elite Liberalism

Nominalism, Ethnicity, Mass Society: The Metaphysics of Civilization in the Poetics of Vasyl Stus

The Social Philosophy of N.N. Nepluyev (1851-1908): Fragmentation, Redemption and Christian Socialism

Theoretical Views on Ukrainian Nationalism, Socialism and Capitalism since the Dissolution of the USSR

Bestia Devictus: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Panteleimon Kulish and the Fusion of Agrarianism, Orthodoxy and Nationalism

 The Beast in Ukraine: The Political Ideas of Viktor Yanukovych and the True Nature of Oligarchy

 General Pyotr Nikolaevich Krasnov and Ataman Mikhail Karaulov: The Doctrine of Cossack National Socialism During the Russian Civil War

Gavrila Derzhavin and the “The Committee for the Organization of Jewish Life” in Early 19th Century Russia

 Was There a Mongol Yoke? The Historical Difficulties with the Mongol Invasion of Russia

 The Paper Tiger Tries to Roar: The American Elite’s Obsession for War against Russia and its Consequences

The Construction of the Katehon: Memory of the Kievan Fragmentation and the Growth of Monarchical Institutions under Moscow until Ivan IV

Russian Nationalism and Eurasianism: The Ideology of Russian Regional Power and the Rejection of Western Values

The Roman “Social War,” Democracy and the Advent of Christianity

Novorossya: The Final Confrontation of Christian Community against Necrotic Individualism and Liberal Histrionics

The Enlightenment as the Ideology of the Beast: Light, Darkness and Shadow in European Political Life

The Alchemy of Interest, Usury and Modernity: A Review of SM Goodson’s Inside the Reserve Bank: The Origins and Secrets of Central Banking Exposed

The Symphony of Authorities in Russian Political Thought: The Spirit, the Crown and Chalcedon

Against “Mute and Dumb Objects” – Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Kollyvades Fathers

Delegitimizing the Beast: Solzhenitsyn’s Condemnation of Materialism and Its Western Origins

Remaking Reality: Marxism, Mass-Society and Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago

The Metaphysics of Archbishop Nikanor (Brovkovich) of Odessa (1827-1890)

“Name Worship,” Epistemology and the Abuse of Christian Philosophy

Metaphysical Economics: Agrarianism, the Garden of Eden and St. Ephraim the Syrian

The Revolt of the Zealots in Thessaloniki (1342-1350): Monasticism and Monarchy at the End of the Byzantine Empire

Beyond the Deceptions of Mundanity: The Christian Anarchist Thought of St. Valentin Sventsitsky

The Confrontation between “Josephites” and “Non-Possessors” as Ideological Wishful Thinking

The Old Ruthenian Struggle: Orthodoxy and the Unia in Austria-Hungary


From the Archives: Older Essays (2004-2011)

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