Selected Essays by Matthew Raphael Johnson

“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.

The Archives of the Orthodox Nationalist Lecture Series (2009-2012)


The Latest Podcasts by Dr. Johnson

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)

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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.

 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 the Lunacy at the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia

Full Response on the Question of Nationalism and the Metropolia

First Letter to Metropolitan John (LoBue)

Second Letter to Metropolitan John (LoBue)


 Recent Articles by Matthew Raphael Johnson

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

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

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

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”

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

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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