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The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism & Orthodoxy
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:21:31 PM »


by Matthew Raphael Johnson
published by
The Foundation for Economics Liberty


A fascinating account written from the perspective of a pro-Russian nationalist and monarchist of the history of Holy Russia prior to the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution. This book is unique in that the author takes a revisionist perspective of Holy Russia and does not kowtow to the idols of academia and liberalism. The author at once argues in favor of the tsars, as righteous defenders of Holy Russia and the Orthodox tradition against the encroachments of the West. The author also argues in favor of the Russian peasant, smeared by the revolutionist wing of the progressive party as backwards and illiterate. Contrary to this perspective, the author shows how Holy Russia was in fact a land of great learning and culture in which the Orthodox tradition survived through the ages unhampered by Western materialism and Enlightenment progressivism until the revolution overtook Russia.

The author begins by shedding light on the beginnings of the Russian state, constantly besieged by Mongol invaders. The Russian state was originally headed by Riurik, a "legendary" Varangian ruler, who made his capital in Novgorod. The Russian state enjoyed free trade with Byzantium but was made to pay tribute to the quasi-Jewish Khazar empire. Later the capital was moved to Kiev and eventually to Moscow, the "third Rome" enjoying the appeal as the head of the Orthodox state and the Christian center of Russia. The author contrasts early Russian paganism, which may have been an important precursor to Christ, with Orthodox Christianity which subsequently came to overtake it. At Moscow, the Russian state was consolidated under the tsar; however the peasants and serfs continued to enjoy liberties as part of their communal agrarian living arrangements.

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Eventually crises with the West came to various schismatic branches of Orthodoxy attempting to conserve the original Russian tradition. Among these were the Old Believers who broke off from the central Orthodox body in an attempt to revive a purer form of Orthodoxy. Among the various tsars discussed by the author, are Ivan III who liberated Russia from the Mongol yoke, Ivan IV "The Terrible" (more accurately translated as "The Awesome") believed to be bloodthirsty and insane by modern historians however as the author shows in fact he was a noble ruler, the early Romanovs Michael, Alexis, and Fedor, Peter the Great who may have been influenced by freemasonry and the kabbalah, the "Adorable" Catherine II who brought reform to Russia, Alexander I and the "invisible Napoleon", Nicholas I a defender of royalist tradition against the Decembrists, Alexander II who liberated the serfs, Alexander III who restored Holy Russia, and St. Nicholas II.

The author also discusses the role of the uniates who attempted to unite Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism and the relevance of Poland. The author also discusses such issues as serfdom, which he argues was a necessary condition given Russia's economic situation and that was not bad as is made out by modern liberal historians. Indeed, the author suggests that the serfs lived in a form of primitive communal anarchy under the tsar before the arrival of the revolution. In addition, the author discusses the role of the Slavophiles, who defended Holy Russia from Western detractors. The influence of Enlightenment thought came to be a particularly devious one given its desire to supplant the Russian state and its tradition.

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Also, the influence of freemasonry and the Jewish kabbalah came to play some role among the aristocracy leading to the decline of Orthodoxy. The author ends with a discussion of the Duma monarchy, Russia's role in the First World War, and the subsequent Bolshevik revolution. Interestingly, the author shows the influence of finance capitalists in spurring on the revolution. In particular, echoing the theories of others, the author argues that American investors saw the need to cripple Russia through a centralized banking system and thus supported the rise of the socialist state. Thus, contrary to the beliefs of the na?ve, finance capital and communist tyranny are not polar opposites, but rather different sides of the same coin. By controlling the Russian state through a centralized banking system, the financial elite were able to make themselves enormously wealthy off the backs of the Russian peasant and worker, who were actively enslaved by communism. In contrast to the brutality of communist totalitarianism truly totally alien to the Russian spirit, the author supports the traditional medieval Russian institutions, including the monarchy which frequently looked favorably on the people and allowed the serfs greater liberty. Indeed, traditionally a serf could not be thrown off the land unlike in the modern capitalist and communist systems. Now that Russia has finally sloughed off the evils of godless communism, it is perhaps time to hope for a revival of the Russian nation under its traditional rule.

This book provides a fascinating account of Russian history and the role of Orthodoxy and the monarchy in the formation of that history and tradition. The material presented here is revisionist in nature and certainly not what one has come to expect from modern liberal academia, the American politically correct left, or the neoconservative right. With both feet firmly planted in the Russian tradition, the author is able to show the greatness that once was Holy Russia which withstood the onslaughts of Mongol hordes and Westernization until the revolution.  ~Via  Amazon Review.

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