“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 compilation of the academic essays of Professor Matthew Raphael Johnson. Given current events in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s extraordinary rebuke to American liberal arrogance, revisionist work on Russian history is sorely needed. He was the first among English speaking Orthodox writers to understand Putin as a needed balance to the American empire and globalization more generally.

The new globalized economy is a demonic, serpentine dominion spreading the postmodern acid of American mass-zombification to the world. The neurotic American capitalist has “liberated the individual” so as to more easily enslave him to his passions. The result is the “average American” – an isolated mass-man, a crippled, malformed cipher of a human being largely incapable of higher-order thought. The “average American” is not an unfortunate side-effect of capitalism, it is a requirement of its continued existence.

In 2009, 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 podcast 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 most recent lectures in The Orthodox Nationalist series are available by clicking the icon below:

 Dr. Johnson’s Patreon page is now live. It features essays that will not be published anywhere else. Very soon, it might even feature videos on geopolitics and philosophy to subscribers. This will be an ongoing project dealing with all facets of international relations

Dr. Johnson, due to an ugly divorce he didn’t want, is now substantially in debt. Furthermore, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the IRS has levied a considerable debt on him as well. Every dime raised from this site is used exclusively for research expenses or debt service. Dr. Johnson’s substantial and growing body of work was accomplished with no institutional support. The continued existence of his work is dependent on your generosity. He despises asking for money and didn’t even want us to put this section up, but in this case, it’s a humiliating necessity.

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 as a recipient of the Sennen, as well as the Clare and Marguerite MacPhee Fellowships, focusing on anti-modernist social philosophy. His dissertation details Michael Oakeshott’s critique of Positivism. 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. The central philosophical thesis running through all his philosophical work is that nominalism is the root ontological evil. It lies at the foundation of the 20th century and it is termed by Johnson as “the ontology of death.”

Dr. Johnson is the author of seven books which include five from Hromada 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 and The Foreign Policy of Mass Society: The Failure of Western Engagement in the Middle East. And two published by The Barnes Review, The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy; ; and Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin. His latest book is also under Hromada Books, Officially Approved Dissent: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Strategic Ambiguity in His Critique of Modernity.


 The Response of Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson to His “Trial” and “Deposition” from 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)

Third Letter to Metropolitan John (LoBue)

Ship of Fools: Response to the Ecclesiastical Court and the Synodal Verdict (September 17 2016)

Interview with Sven Longshanks on Dr. Johnson’s Response to the Verdict (September 20 2016)


 Recent Articles by Matthew Raphael Johnson

An Open Letter to the University of Nebraska on the Dan Kleve Case

The Heart of the Matter: Why Do Jewish Elites Hate Europeans?

Reason as the Male Burden: The Orthodox Church, the Female Nature and the Priesthood

Contra Adulterium: Interracial Marriage and Church Doctrine

St. Augustine as an Orthodox Father: Confronting the Philosophical Ineptitude of His Critics

Pride and Propaganda: The Failed Gamble of Patriarch Gabriel of Serbia (1881-1950)

Life in the Iron Age: “The Transformation of Daphne into a Laurel” as a Significant Part of Ovid’s Historicism

Human Sin and the Will in Patristic Thought: Augustine and Clement against the Montanists

Plato’s Gorgias as a Premodern Attack on Modernity

“People Don’t Like Traveling Salesmen” – Kafka’s Concept of Alienated Labor and its Delusions in the Metamorphosis

“Necessary and Sufficient” Ethics: The Theory of Hegemony in Antonio Gramsci

Foundations and Principles of National Security: Goals and Objectives in the Realist Theoretical Tradition

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

The Homosexual Perversion: A Jewish Criminal Simhke for the Postmodern Corporate Conformist

Thoughts on Thaumaturgy: A Few Rudimentary Concepts in Greek Orthodox Metaphysics and Orthodox Theology

St. Augustine and Friedrich Nietzsche on the Will: Two Views of Asceticism, Foundationalism and Time

““Ethno-Phyletism” — The Sociopolitical Context for a Pseudo-Heresy and the Religion of Clerical Bureaucracy

The Beast’s Final Gamble: Gold, Capitalism and China’s Threat to World Liberalism

Bulgaria in the European Union: Volen Siderov, Social Nationalism and the Resistance to Dependency

The Osculum Infame in the Balkans: Albania’s Alliance with the Globalist World Order and its Catastrophic Repercussions

The Donbass Rebellion and the Political Idea of Novorossiya

The Romantic Neo-Medieval Synthesis: Nominalism, John Ruskin and the Destruction of Thought

Vladimir Putin’s War Against the Oligarchs: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Yeltsin’s Legacy (Revised)

Nikolay Lossky’s Argument Against Nominalism

Hegelian Economics, Metaphysics and the Social Form of Beauty

Postmodern Empire: Dependence, Debt and the Nature of Anti-Globalist Resistance

“The Cold and Sour Temper of These Backwoodsmen” — Antifederalism, Alexander Hamilton and the Bill of Rights

Agrarianism and the Counterrevolution: The Ideology of Illusion and Modernity

Freud’s Aesthetics: Matriarchy, Sublimation and the Surreal

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

Aristotle’s Ideal State, Hierarchy and Happiness

Thomas Aquinas on Charity and Love: Citizenship and Scholastic Metaphysics

Romanesque Architecture and the Symbolic Platonism of the Medieval World in Europe

The Wesleyan Revival in England and the Enlightenment: The Depravity of Total Depravity

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

John Henry Newman on Wisdom, Nominalism and the Foundations of Social Justice

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

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

Modern Science and Darwin: Nominalism and the Failure of the Scientific Establishment

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

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

 The Beast in Ukraine: The Political Ideas of Viktor Yanukovych and the True Nature of Oligarchy

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

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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