Matthew Raphael Johnson

Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999. 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 was the editor (and is presently Senior Researcher) at The Barnes Review, a well-known renegade journal of European history. Dr. Johnson is the author of eight books. Six are from Hromada Books, "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 Foreign Policy of Mass Society: The Failure of Western Engagement in the Middle East;" and "Officially Approved Dissent: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Strategic Ambiguity in His Critique of Modernity." And two published by The Barnes Review, "The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy;" and "Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin."
The Orthodox Nationalist: The Vietnam War

The Orthodox Nationalist: The Vietnam War

Like everything, the level of disinformation on the War in Vietnam has reached crisis proportions. As the US military are venerated like gods in the US so long as the war is against nationalists, when the war is with communists, suddenly they’re “baby killers.” Yet, name calling isn’t the end. The US lost the war due to deliberate incompetence, ideological myopia and an institutionalized lack of will.

The Orthodox Nationalist: A New Look at the Armenian Earthquake of 1988

The Orthodox Nationalist: A New Look at the Armenian Earthquake of 1988

There is good reason to believe this was a test of another seismic weapon, the testing of which is banned by the UN but who’s existence was well known among specialists. The US was testing these weapons in the Pacific, while the Soviets were using the far east, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. The ferocity of the quake was far greater than anticipated, but it did unify the USSR, distracted the world from Chernobyl and Afghanistan, and brought Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia together, if only for a short time. Further, the Soviets received billions in aid from the west.

The Orthodox Nationalist: Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Political Theory Part 1

The Orthodox Nationalist: Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Political Theory Part 1

The American academic world has been hostile to Solzhenitsyn for his anti-communism and Russian nationalism. Most reviews of his political works have been hostile or seek to make a “liberal” out of him, a common tactic. His social and political theory revolves around the dialectic between freedom and the state. The state here isn’t just any coercive power, but a state that derives from the Enlightenment, the mind of science and the belief that man can dominate nature for “his” benefit.

Michel Foucault and the Legislation of Reality:

Michel Foucault and the Legislation of Reality:

Michel Foucault is one of the best known anti-structuralists – sometimes known as postmodernists – in both history and philosophy. Poststructuralism is primarily concerned with power in that nothing, not science, not music, not medicine, is bereft of power relations. Every socially significant object exists because its fought a Darwinian war for primacy and won. Because of this, everything is the result of coercion of some type.
Their great weakness is their solipsism. They cannot turn their own method against themselves. The fact that the world’s most prestigious universities and old money foundations have spent billions on this movement suggests that they too are the creation and manifestation of power. Jean Baudrillard said as much about him, yet the pot and kettle are both black. It is difficult to consider a wealthy professor, driving around town in a jaguar, as an “outsider.” Yet, Freshmen are told to think just this every semester.

The Political Sociology of Mass Society

The Political Sociology of Mass Society

Liberals are at the root of military worship. This makes perfect sense. While a few elderly vets think the military is a conservative institution, younger right-wingers know better. At the same time, younger liberals, not socialized in the same post-Vietnam anti-military world I was, see the military as their personal bodyguard, removing Islamic or nationalist governments and installing liberal, capitalist and feminist ones instead.

Limping Towards the Redpill:

Limping Towards the Redpill:

One of the truths of the Redpill is the simple fact that the “nice guy” or a Beta will get the girl by virtue of this very fact. In a way, the Beta mind is a threat since, after a certain amount of time being nice, he then expects – or thinks he’s owed – attention from women. Even more, that this man loses in the romantic world because he seeks attention and approval. That a man will require the approval of a woman makes him look weak.

Scattered Thoughts on Ivan Solonevich and His Conception of the Russian Monarchy

Scattered Thoughts on Ivan Solonevich and His Conception of the Russian Monarchy

Ivan Solonevich (1891-1953) is one of the least appreciated of the Russian emigre writers. This group is little known among Americans since they fought an empire that the American elite did not oppose. An inmate of the GULag, Solonevich wrote on camp life before Solzhenitsyn. He argued that the camp was just a mini-USSR. The camp was the utopia of the Soviet ruling class.

Defending the New Aristocracy:

Defending the New Aristocracy:

America is a matriarchy. The privileges that women, especially attractive women, possess today are unique in world history. One of the hundreds of proofs of this fact is the very existence of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, or VAWA. It is the utter zenith of the feminist movement. As might be expected, it was achieved through rank dishonesty and fraud. It is Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.” This means it was part of a much larger bill and thus was never debated as a separate law. Also, given that the law is over 2000 pages, no politician read it. The law itself is highly technical and is not readily understandable by most citizens. Making matters worse, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings forbade any anti-VAWA witness to speak. Politicians had no idea what they were voting on and the available information was tightly controlled.
It is nothing short of the paramount consummation of female rule in America.

“Humanitarian Missions” as Imperial Adventures

“Humanitarian Missions” as Imperial Adventures

The 1991 US intervention into Somalia was a failure. The reasons for this are not hard to find and are inherent in any escapade of this type. The UN-based military did not operate with a full, functional knowledge of local conditions since, outside of Africa, few people know anything about the country. Worse, strategic demands were just as important as humanitarian goals, believe it or not, especially given the immense strategic significance of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastlines. This, and the inability to disarm “warlords” led to the withdrawal of the US and the eventual Ethiopian invasion.

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