Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson discusses the difference between authority and power and how they were understood differently to now, in ancient times.
Today’s broadcast deals with the Russian Orthodox conception of power. The famed Bible passages from Mark (Give to Caesar. . . ) and Romans (obey the authorities. . . ) are, like so much else, abused, manipulated, mistranslated and misunderstood.
To interpret the bible a man has to understand the culture and politics of the age, what motivated the speakers involved and the ideological context of events. When this is lacking, moderns will just impose whatever postmodern ideas they have absorbed from the world onto the texts. This is what the enemies of the church do all the time: impose their own anger on the texts they don’t fully understand.
Power and authority are two different things. The words “politics,” or “liberty” are not understood in their true form today. The foundation of Orthodox monarchy and the idea of the Christian state in general remains misunderstood, especially by those in the west. This lecture tries to settle a few of those important conceptual issues. Presented by Matt Johnson
The Orthodox Nationalist: The Concept of Power in Orthodoxy – TON 091819
Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson argues that the West were responsible for allowing Pol Pot to succeed, because they failed to assist the one man who could have stopped him.
Last month, Nuon Chea (Lao Kim Lorn), second in command of the Khmer Rouge Marxist government in Cambodia, finally died in prison. He looked like he was 300 years old. Marxism and its children, Leninism and Maoism, were very clear that a society needs to be cleansed of the old before the new can thrive. This is the foundation for all mass killings.
Mao Zedong, the bloodiest dictator in world history and the darling of the academic Left, stated emphatically that “cleansing” was necessary, violence was a foundation of the state.
The Khmer Rouge lied about it’s agenda, keeping it’s final goals a secret only for the smallest circle of elites. Posing as “agrarian reformers,” the American press reported back to the west of the virtues of Pol Pot and his “populist” regime.
The reigning Prince Norodom Sihanouk (1922-2012) began to believe their propaganda and opened ties with Mao’s China and helped the Vietnamese build the Ho Chi Minh trail. The resultant American attack on this part of Cambodia was then used as a recruiting tool for the Angkar (or “the organization”).
There was one chance for a traditionalist royalism to take over in Cambodia, and that was in the “Khmer republic” from 1970-1975. But under Gen. Lon Nol’s traditionalist party who won the elections of 1966 by showing support for royalism in the country, incursions of both American and Vietnamese militaries destroyed his economy and reduced his army to nothing once the US pulled out of the area. The nightmare could have been stopped by this one man, but the lack of supplies destroyed his forces. The nightmare of the Khmer Rouge exists because of the inability or unwillingness of the west to assist him.
Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson
The Orthodox Nationalist: The Khmer Rouge Revisited – TON 091119
This broadcast begins with a detailed analysis of the Black Monk, a short story by Chekhov about the mental state of a man who believes he’s been chosen to “further man’s evolution” into the technically dominated future. This serves to introduce two agrarian writers from Belarus, Kolas and Kupala.
Belarussian nationalism was never anti-Russian at its root, but it is rooted in the land. The land is the metaphysical “Substance” of all creation from which all things flow. War, death, technical change, and the endless array of rulers from Germany to Russia to Poland and the USSR, confused and distorted the simple and virtuous views of the peasant.
While Kolas made his peace with the USSR, Kupala did not. Their personal fates reflect this. This broadcast only scratches the surface of some of the major themes in this anti-modernist and nationalist school of agrarian poetry.
Presented by Matt Johnson
The Orthodox Nationalist: Agrarian Nationalism in the Belarussian SSR – TON 090419
First we saw Turkey pivot towards Russia with the purchase of Russian military systems in defiance of NATO regulations. Now the Turks are importing their gas directly from Russia via the new Turkstream pipeline.
Due to the increasing co-operation between the two countries they will now also be settling each other’s debts in their own currency instead of using the dollar.
Turkey has also just announced they will be accepting the new MIR Russian bank card system, which has been rejected by Google Pay and Apple Pay.
As if all this wasn’t bad enough for America, Viktor Orban has been keenly watching on and is now asking for the pipeline to be extended into Hungary and on into southern Europe, leading to Greece, Italy, Serbia and Bulgaria also becoming potential markets for Russian energy sales.
Presented by Sven Longshanks and Matt Johnson
The Daily Nationalist: Turkey and the Coming Collapse of Global Liberalism – DN 082919
This lecture series has always rested on the idea that the Petrine reforms in Russia, ending in 1725, were a disaster for the Orthodox church. They were based on occult ideologies from the west and the imposition of Hobbes’ “Leviathan” on the Third Rome. How was Peter successful?
The reason lies in the errors of the previous reign, that of Tsar Alexis and Patriarch Nikon. Alexis was a holy man with the best of intentions, but his westernization policies caused revolts to break out throughout his reign. These policies included political centralization, the “papalization” of the church and the introduction of western-style serfdom to Russia.
Another was the adoption of the “New Rite” of the church, which was a revolution in theology that divided Russia deeply to the present day. Trying to synchronize the Russian and Greek rites in anticipation of a future empire that would stretch to the Balkans and Greece, Patriarch Nikon would anathematize Russia as the Third Rome and mangle the old Russian religious ideology. It created confusion, destruction and division that made it possible for usurers and parasites to rule Russia in the following century. Lenin wasn’t the first Russian revolutionary. Presented by Matt Johnson
The Orthodox Nationalist: The Old Believers, Peter the Great and Usury – TON 082819