Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Seventy Years on: the United States and the Soviet Union

It is curious that both the post-Articles of Confederation [u]nited States and the Soviet Union lasted about 70 years.  The second constitution of the States came into effect in 1789 and lasted until 1861, while the Soviet Union came into being in 1917 and ended in 1991. 

What is even more noteworthy, however, is how each union ended its life.  The coerced union created by the bloodthirsty, God-hating communists ended with the peaceful breakup of its captive constituent countries into fully autonomous nations.  The voluntary union of the [u]nited States under the second constitution, created by the supposedly greatest Christian statesmen the world has ever seen, ended in a horrific and bloody war that turned its constituent countries into subservient provinces.

We believe this tells us something about the character of the people of each place.

Because of their being united for 1,000 years to the true Body of Christ, the Holy Orthodox Church, Russians haven’t got much appetite for the Kingdom of Man.  The deep desire of the Russian soul, as manifested most brightly in St Seraphim of Sarov, is for the things of the Kingdom of God, for the full acquisition of the Grace of the Holy Ghost.

It is very different with American man.  Because of Western Europe’s 1,000 years of purposeful separation from the Orthodox Church, because of her sojourn in the dank wastelands of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, folks in the States are enamored with the idea of building Paradise on Earth, on upraising the New Jerusalem in North America - the Shining City on a Hill.  Indeed, the true believer in Americanism sees himself as another New Adam who has been sent by God into the world to regenerate the various ethnoi by initiating them into the sacred rites of American constitutionalism. 

The South has offered resistance to this grand program in the past.  Her pre-Modern way of viewing the world, bolstered greatly by her agricultural occupations and by the wisdom of ancient Greece and Rome, which contained within it the ‘splintered light’ of the Logos, to borrow Verlyn Flieger’s wording, made her wary of the idea of Yankee Millennialism.  But since Mr Lincoln’s War, the resistance has been broken up.  The South is now akin to the toothless old hound beneath the creaking floorboards of a decaying front porch, growling some opposition at a strange idea that approaches his house, but unable to offer any real opposition to it.

Furthermore, because the South was born from the same religious stock as the North, since both are children of the Great Schism in general and the Protestant Reformation in particular, Dixie is not now, nor has she ever been, equipped with the weapons of Grace needed to deal the death blow to the theology Yankee Millennialism is built upon.  For those weapons are only found in the Orthodox Church, which she has yet to embrace in any deep way. 

Thus it is that many Southerners, sad to say, are now some of the most enthusiastic supporters of Americanism.  And whereas the Russians tired of the task of building the Kingdom of Man after 70 years, American man is still eagerly working at it 154 years after the War of Northern Aggression forced all the States to put their hands to that demonic work.

Looking at the trajectories of the two, the re-born Puritan, Lincolnian United States - ‘one nation indivisible’, and Russia, they could not be more different.  Over the last three decades, Russia has opened 30,000 churches, but in the States 6,000 to 10,000 churches are closing every year.

The same divergence may be seen in other areas as well:

This does not mean things are perfect in Russia.  They are not, and Russians are rather blunt about that at times:

Nor does this mean that there is nothing at all to praise in the States.  But it does give us a good indication about where each is headed.

Alexis de Tocqueville’s analysis in Democracy in America remains as true today as it was when he wrote it in the 19th hundredyear:  The two main geopolitical/cultural rivals in the world are the U. S. and Russia.

Modern China, contrary to the opinion of some, is not such a rival.  In her essence she is merely another form of the Kingdom of Man (thanks to C for the link):

This should surprise no one, as China’s current post-Revolution life owes its origins to the Yankee Deep State (CIA, Rockefellers, et al.).

Both China and Yankee America, therefore, have the same master, the devil, and have the same end goal, the establishment of the global rule of Antichrist.  Which of them will have the ‘honor’ of being the chief servant of Satan?  May they both repent while there is time!

No, only Russia and the United States offer to the countries of the world different visions for the future:  The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Man?  The Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church or its parody and inversion in the anti-tradition of the American Church of Antichrist?  A love for the creation and man as gifts of God or the alchemical rebirth of them in a transhumanist singularity?  Each country must choose which path to walk.  We pray that the South, for her part at least, will come to her senses and become a friend of Orthodox Russia.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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