“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 of the more recent academic essays of Professor Matthew Raphael Johnson. Given current events in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s extraordinary rebuke to American liberal arrogance internationally, alternative and revisionist work on Russian history and politics 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. It was the creation of the American postmodern Imperium. It 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.
The rise of Novorossya is the most significant political development since the collapse of the USSR. It is a new politics, one that combines nationalism and socialism into a Christian, humane and just political order that has not been seen before. That it rises on the ashes of “independent Ukraine” and on Orthodox territory is no accident.
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 show 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.
Nationalist Philosophy vs Marxist Deception (August 16 2016)
NN Neplyuev: Christian Socialism in Russia and the Labor Brotherhood of the Holy Cross (August 8 2016)
On the Myth of the Tsarist “Pogroms” (August 3 2016)
On the Destruction of Yugoslavia (July 26 2016)
On the Anniversary of the Ritual Murder of Tsar Nicholas II (July 19 2016)
Stalin, the Philo-Semitic Internationalist (July 12 2016)
Donald Trump’s Campaign and Elite-Financed Hate in America: What Does the Law Say? (July 5 2016)
The Gynocracy: Women as the New Nobility in America (June 29 2016)
The Social Philosophy of Russian Orthodox Nationalism: Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin (June 21 2016)
Homosexual Pathology and the Massacre at the ‘Pulse’ (June 14 2016)
Permanent Oligarchy: Leon Trotsky (June 6 2016)
Alexander Dugin’s Philosophical Foundations (May 31 2016)
Defeat in the East: Erich Koch as Reichskommissar of Ukraine, 1941-1943 (May 19 2016)
Ivan Sirko: The Military Genius of the Sich (May 16 2016)
National Socialism in German-Occupied Russia (May 3 2016)
Valentin Katasonov and the Occult History of Capitalism (April 25 2016)
The first “Orthodox Nationalist” broadcast since 2012: On the “Phyletism Hoax” (April 19 2016)
Donations are gladly accepted. Dr. Johnson, an Orthodox priest, does not claim any tax exemption. Every dime raised is used exclusively for research expenses. 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 each term represents quite a bit of free research. The professor is under no legal obligation to disclose its source and can assign papers precisely in areas that he needs to cover in his work. Add to this department secretaries, “personal assistants” and graduate students, the professoriate is a privileged job like no other.
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 detailed Michael Oakeshott and the British Hegelians in their critique of positivism. The central philosophical thesis running through all his philosophical works is that nominalism is the root ontological evil. This error is indispensable for industrialization, liberalism and collectivism. 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 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 of himself, Dr. Johnson accepted this request for the sake of better understanding the origin of his political point of view. 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 advocates of Russian Orthodox nationalism in the English-speaking world.
Dr. Johnson is the author of several books, including 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.
Recent Articles by Matthew Raphael Johnson
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