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    The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Mikhail

    Depends on the context, I don’t quite see how Tsarist Russia was a victim of Western machinations.
     
    Crimean War, Congress of Berlin and Russo-Japanese War serve as examples.

    First World War and Revolution come to mind.

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  • @German_reader

    After this, the faithful Mahdi (the Islamic Savior) and Christ will fight together with the forces of Dajjal.
     
    So his Eurasianism leads him to combining Christian and Islamic eschatology?
    Wow, the guy seems to be even madder than I had imagined.

    His dalliance with ‘Islamic eschatology’ coming apparently through a personage who plays the prophets of doom (Sheik Imran Hosein) is baffling, to say the least. The Sheik, who has a no less baffling audience on other ‘Russian’ and ‘Orthodox’ sites, advocates an alliance between Muslims and Russian Orthodox, who allegedly are designated in the Koran (which he interprets in a personal way) as ‘the closest in affection’ to Muslims, against the Western-Zionist Dajjal! He tries to conceal the rabid anti-Christian thrust of all so-called prophecies, which inform the ‘ideology’ of the jihadis in Syria. In those ‘prophecies’ Jesus comes to ‘smash the crosses, kill the pigs, abolish the jizya (by making everyone a Muslim) and finally to submit to the Mahdi!
    Dugin is not a Christian. His philosophy was influenced by the ‘Sufi’ esoterism of Rene Guenon, the famous apostate.

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  • In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled "Whose War?" in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention to disarm him. Buchanan rightly identified a number of prominent Jewish officials and journalists closely tied to the...
  • @tac
    Right on Rurik ....

    I am not sure if you'd seen the latest hit jobs by the Guardian and BBC on prominent social media/twitter voices who challenge the official narratives, but here it is in this thread (follow the subsequent comments as well:

    http://www.unz.com/article/tracing-the-rush-to-war/#comment-2296924

    thanks tac,

    we live in Abusurdistan

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Cicero2
    I wish I could have replied a few hours ago, but if you want to read some of Ilyin's essays in English, go to this website.

    https://souloftheeast.org/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    This was how I was introduced to his philosophy several years ago after coming across his wikipedia article. It was good to see the archive is still up for other people to discover.

    In particular, you should start with 'On Forms of Sovereignty' (1948), which cuts to the heart of how Ilyin perceived the international order and Russia's place in it.

    https://souloftheeast.org/2015/04/24/ivan-ilyin-on-forms-of-sovereignty/

    Thanks, that’s great.
    Have read the “On forms of sovereignty” article. Actually sounds pretty sensible imo, hard to object unless one is a mindless democracy fanatic (reminds me somewhat of our own times, where the attempt to introduce democracy in a country like Egypt merely led to the empowerment of intolerant demagogues, and then to military dictatorship again…democratic forms are useless unless the population is sufficiently educated and civic-minded).
    I should have been more sceptical of the image of Ilyin spread by Western msm…as usual it’s apparently gross misrepresentation.

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  • Speaking of Law, two dimensions of it are paramount for Law to be worth its Salt. The first dimension is what Paul mentioned about Ilyin, that being what constitutes the Law. How it’s derived. Are the Laws in and of themselves equitable? Do they promote Egalitarianism? What System do they preserve & protect & perpetuate? The second dimension is the administration of the Law. It’s of paramount importance that the Law be administered fairly & equitably. If you have to pay dearly to navigate the Law, as you do in America and most countries, then the Law is not administered fairly & equitably, and therefore, Justice is compromised and the Society enabled by the Law is imbalanced, favoring one group over another, and that one group, as the history of Civilization has shown, tends to be The Moneyed Class, and in this sense, the Law has tended to keep those not in the Moneyed Class in their place. The Law in that sense has served as a form of incarceration, creating false Barriers to Entry for those who don’t have Means.

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  • @PaulR
    Because I was asked, here goes:

    Like a lot of people on the European political right in the inter-war period, Ilyin initially engaged in a certain amount of wishful thinking concerning fascism, which caused him at first to underestimate its dangers. He also had some sympathy with 1930s authoritarianism, nationalism, and especially anti-communism. But Ilyin was also a firm opponent of totalitarianism. Eventually, the Nazis fired him from his job teaching in Berlin because he refused to include anti-Semitic propaganda in his lectures. He continued lecturing around Germany in defiance of the authorities until in 1938 he fled the country.

    Let's be clear - Ilyin is not a modern Western liberal democrat. There are lots of passages in his work calling for 'dictatorship' etc. If that's all of his work you read, you'll no doubt think the guy is a fascist or something close to it. But, there's also a lot in his work which gives a very different impression. Take, for instance, his attitude to law. For Ilyin, law is not something to be obeyed just because it is law and somebody in authority has dictated it. Formal, 'positive' law, he wrote, should try as much as is possible to reflect natural law, which he defined in terms of the right of every individual to live a worthy, dignified, and autonomous life, independent of external coercion. Formal law exists only for this end. Moreover, the state exists only for this end - ie the sole purpose of the state is securing individuals' rights according to natural law. This is a very liberal point of view, and explains why many Russian conservative philosophers nowadays describe Ilyin as a 'liberal'.

    So which is the real Ilyin? The authoritarian or the liberal? The answer is a complex, often paradoxical, mixture of the two. Ilyin supports authoritarianism over democracy precisely because in his time democracies had a nasty habit of collapsing and turning into totalitarian regimes (whether communist or fascist). This is because of the underdeveloped 'legal consciousness' of the people. Democracy could be stable in countries where legal consciousness was well developed, e.g. Britain, But elsewhere, and particularly Russia, it couldn't. Democracy therefore often did a worse job of protecting people's natural rights than authoritarianism. But the latter is only justified to the extent that it promotes natural rights and ultimately the authoritarian state should develop the people's legal consciousness to the extent that authoritarian rule is no longer necessary.

    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples' freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.

    Paul

    Well said.

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  • @Cicero2
    I wish I could have replied a few hours ago, but if you want to read some of Ilyin's essays in English, go to this website.

    https://souloftheeast.org/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    This was how I was introduced to his philosophy several years ago after coming across his wikipedia article. It was good to see the archive is still up for other people to discover.

    In particular, you should start with 'On Forms of Sovereignty' (1948), which cuts to the heart of how Ilyin perceived the international order and Russia's place in it.

    https://souloftheeast.org/2015/04/24/ivan-ilyin-on-forms-of-sovereignty/

    In particular, you should start with ‘On Forms of Sovereignty’ (1948), which cuts to the heart of how Ilyin perceived the international order and Russia’s place in it.

    https://souloftheeast.org/2015/04/24/ivan-ilyin-on-forms-of-sovereignty/

    Very nice.

    And yet, I suspect, the author would not view Ukraine’s artificial inclusion and forced integration into Russia’s political system so realistically.

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  • @German_reader
    Semi-failed academic in precarious employment.


    Must be pretty lonely for you!
     
    Why? Because of my "extreme" views? Well, I usually avoid talking about politics unless I have some idea where the other person stands.

    I wish I could have replied a few hours ago, but if you want to read some of Ilyin’s essays in English, go to this website.

    https://souloftheeast.org/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    This was how I was introduced to his philosophy several years ago after coming across his wikipedia article. It was good to see the archive is still up for other people to discover.

    In particular, you should start with ‘On Forms of Sovereignty’ (1948), which cuts to the heart of how Ilyin perceived the international order and Russia’s place in it.

    https://souloftheeast.org/2015/04/24/ivan-ilyin-on-forms-of-sovereignty/

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    In particular, you should start with ‘On Forms of Sovereignty’ (1948), which cuts to the heart of how Ilyin perceived the international order and Russia’s place in it.

    https://souloftheeast.org/2015/04/24/ivan-ilyin-on-forms-of-sovereignty/
     
    Very nice.

    And yet, I suspect, the author would not view Ukraine's artificial inclusion and forced integration into Russia's political system so realistically.
    , @German_reader
    Thanks, that's great.
    Have read the "On forms of sovereignty" article. Actually sounds pretty sensible imo, hard to object unless one is a mindless democracy fanatic (reminds me somewhat of our own times, where the attempt to introduce democracy in a country like Egypt merely led to the empowerment of intolerant demagogues, and then to military dictatorship again...democratic forms are useless unless the population is sufficiently educated and civic-minded).
    I should have been more sceptical of the image of Ilyin spread by Western msm...as usual it's apparently gross misrepresentation.
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  • In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled "Whose War?" in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention to disarm him. Buchanan rightly identified a number of prominent Jewish officials and journalists closely tied to the...
  • @tac
    LOL (People are having enough of these anti-Russian propaganda campaigns and are venting their frustrations in various ways):

    https://twitter.com/michaelchildi/status/986418411696742406

    This is one of the poster's I was referring to in my previous reply:

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @PaulR
    Because I was asked, here goes:

    Like a lot of people on the European political right in the inter-war period, Ilyin initially engaged in a certain amount of wishful thinking concerning fascism, which caused him at first to underestimate its dangers. He also had some sympathy with 1930s authoritarianism, nationalism, and especially anti-communism. But Ilyin was also a firm opponent of totalitarianism. Eventually, the Nazis fired him from his job teaching in Berlin because he refused to include anti-Semitic propaganda in his lectures. He continued lecturing around Germany in defiance of the authorities until in 1938 he fled the country.

    Let's be clear - Ilyin is not a modern Western liberal democrat. There are lots of passages in his work calling for 'dictatorship' etc. If that's all of his work you read, you'll no doubt think the guy is a fascist or something close to it. But, there's also a lot in his work which gives a very different impression. Take, for instance, his attitude to law. For Ilyin, law is not something to be obeyed just because it is law and somebody in authority has dictated it. Formal, 'positive' law, he wrote, should try as much as is possible to reflect natural law, which he defined in terms of the right of every individual to live a worthy, dignified, and autonomous life, independent of external coercion. Formal law exists only for this end. Moreover, the state exists only for this end - ie the sole purpose of the state is securing individuals' rights according to natural law. This is a very liberal point of view, and explains why many Russian conservative philosophers nowadays describe Ilyin as a 'liberal'.

    So which is the real Ilyin? The authoritarian or the liberal? The answer is a complex, often paradoxical, mixture of the two. Ilyin supports authoritarianism over democracy precisely because in his time democracies had a nasty habit of collapsing and turning into totalitarian regimes (whether communist or fascist). This is because of the underdeveloped 'legal consciousness' of the people. Democracy could be stable in countries where legal consciousness was well developed, e.g. Britain, But elsewhere, and particularly Russia, it couldn't. Democracy therefore often did a worse job of protecting people's natural rights than authoritarianism. But the latter is only justified to the extent that it promotes natural rights and ultimately the authoritarian state should develop the people's legal consciousness to the extent that authoritarian rule is no longer necessary.

    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples' freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.

    Paul

    That’s an excellent response. Thanks. I will chew on it for a day or two. There’s much to consider and ponder.

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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • @Eustace Tilley (not)
    "When will King Arthur return?"
    For the past, Scepter'd Islers must yearn.
    They most love misty fables
    And merrie round tables
    When the thatch 'bove their heads starts to burn.

    But just for the record, in Malory’s “Morte d’Arthur”, it was in fact the great magician Merlin, not Arthur, who, it was said, would return in due time, to save England in her hour of greatest need.

    And Yes, for what it’s worth… as an Englishman, I do actually believe that, somehow, he will.

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @PaulR
    Because I was asked, here goes:

    Like a lot of people on the European political right in the inter-war period, Ilyin initially engaged in a certain amount of wishful thinking concerning fascism, which caused him at first to underestimate its dangers. He also had some sympathy with 1930s authoritarianism, nationalism, and especially anti-communism. But Ilyin was also a firm opponent of totalitarianism. Eventually, the Nazis fired him from his job teaching in Berlin because he refused to include anti-Semitic propaganda in his lectures. He continued lecturing around Germany in defiance of the authorities until in 1938 he fled the country.

    Let's be clear - Ilyin is not a modern Western liberal democrat. There are lots of passages in his work calling for 'dictatorship' etc. If that's all of his work you read, you'll no doubt think the guy is a fascist or something close to it. But, there's also a lot in his work which gives a very different impression. Take, for instance, his attitude to law. For Ilyin, law is not something to be obeyed just because it is law and somebody in authority has dictated it. Formal, 'positive' law, he wrote, should try as much as is possible to reflect natural law, which he defined in terms of the right of every individual to live a worthy, dignified, and autonomous life, independent of external coercion. Formal law exists only for this end. Moreover, the state exists only for this end - ie the sole purpose of the state is securing individuals' rights according to natural law. This is a very liberal point of view, and explains why many Russian conservative philosophers nowadays describe Ilyin as a 'liberal'.

    So which is the real Ilyin? The authoritarian or the liberal? The answer is a complex, often paradoxical, mixture of the two. Ilyin supports authoritarianism over democracy precisely because in his time democracies had a nasty habit of collapsing and turning into totalitarian regimes (whether communist or fascist). This is because of the underdeveloped 'legal consciousness' of the people. Democracy could be stable in countries where legal consciousness was well developed, e.g. Britain, But elsewhere, and particularly Russia, it couldn't. Democracy therefore often did a worse job of protecting people's natural rights than authoritarianism. But the latter is only justified to the extent that it promotes natural rights and ultimately the authoritarian state should develop the people's legal consciousness to the extent that authoritarian rule is no longer necessary.

    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples' freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.

    Paul

    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples’ freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.

    Doesn’t negate the idea of having competent personnel around that single person, with the aforementioned group being very much involved in impacting the decision making process.

    Modern Western liberal democrats“, have some contradictions of their own.

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  • @German_reader

    To be sure, he had cynical views about Western policies towards Russia – does anyone here even disagree?

     

    Depends on the context, I don't quite see how Tsarist Russia was a victim of Western machinations.
    Have you written about Ilyin in detail before? Is some of his work available in translation, and if so, what should one read to understand his thought?
    I have no doubt that what Western msm and people like Timothy Snyder write about him is hysterical nonsense, but if possible I'd like to see for myself.

    Depends on the context, I don’t quite see how Tsarist Russia was a victim of Western machinations.

    Crimean War, Congress of Berlin and Russo-Japanese War serve as examples.

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  • @Cold N. Holefield
    Maybe Paul Robinson can address this. It's Ivan Ilyin in his own words.

    Putinism: Rusia and Its Future with the West

    Europe does not understand the Nazi movement. It does not understand it and is afraid. And the more it is afraid, the less it understands. The less it understands, the more it tends to believe all the nagative rumors, all the horror stories of "eyewitnesses," all the frightening predictions. Radical left wingers in virtually all European nations create an atmosphere of ill will and hatred. Unfortunately our Russian [émigré] press is gradually also drawn into this, the [Jewish-liberal] emotions gradually become categories of good and evil.

    To this day European public opinion has failed to understand that National Socialism is by no means radical racialism that does not respect the law. The spirit of National Socialism does not lead to racialism.
     
    I love this excerpt.

    ....National Socialism is by no means radical racialism that does not respect the law.
     
    How clever. He's correct. It can just as easily be read as follows.

    National Socialism is radical racialism that respects the law.
     
    Remember, The Rule of Law is very important to Ilyin. It's a Central Tenet of his Philosophy. So long as its legal, it's virtuous.

    This excerpt also tickles me.

    The spirit of National Socialism does not lead to racialism.
     
    Once again, very clever on his part. He's also correct once again. It should and could read as follows.


    The spirit of National Socialism does not LEAD TO racialism because the spirit of National Socialism IS INHERENTLY racist.
     

    Because I was asked, here goes:

    Like a lot of people on the European political right in the inter-war period, Ilyin initially engaged in a certain amount of wishful thinking concerning fascism, which caused him at first to underestimate its dangers. He also had some sympathy with 1930s authoritarianism, nationalism, and especially anti-communism. But Ilyin was also a firm opponent of totalitarianism. Eventually, the Nazis fired him from his job teaching in Berlin because he refused to include anti-Semitic propaganda in his lectures. He continued lecturing around Germany in defiance of the authorities until in 1938 he fled the country.

    Let’s be clear – Ilyin is not a modern Western liberal democrat. There are lots of passages in his work calling for ‘dictatorship’ etc. If that’s all of his work you read, you’ll no doubt think the guy is a fascist or something close to it. But, there’s also a lot in his work which gives a very different impression. Take, for instance, his attitude to law. For Ilyin, law is not something to be obeyed just because it is law and somebody in authority has dictated it. Formal, ‘positive’ law, he wrote, should try as much as is possible to reflect natural law, which he defined in terms of the right of every individual to live a worthy, dignified, and autonomous life, independent of external coercion. Formal law exists only for this end. Moreover, the state exists only for this end – ie the sole purpose of the state is securing individuals’ rights according to natural law. This is a very liberal point of view, and explains why many Russian conservative philosophers nowadays describe Ilyin as a ‘liberal’.

    So which is the real Ilyin? The authoritarian or the liberal? The answer is a complex, often paradoxical, mixture of the two. Ilyin supports authoritarianism over democracy precisely because in his time democracies had a nasty habit of collapsing and turning into totalitarian regimes (whether communist or fascist). This is because of the underdeveloped ‘legal consciousness’ of the people. Democracy could be stable in countries where legal consciousness was well developed, e.g. Britain, But elsewhere, and particularly Russia, it couldn’t. Democracy therefore often did a worse job of protecting people’s natural rights than authoritarianism. But the latter is only justified to the extent that it promotes natural rights and ultimately the authoritarian state should develop the people’s legal consciousness to the extent that authoritarian rule is no longer necessary.

    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples’ freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.

    Paul

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    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples’ freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.
     
    Doesn't negate the idea of having competent personnel around that single person, with the aforementioned group being very much involved in impacting the decision making process.

    "Modern Western liberal democrats", have some contradictions of their own.

    , @Cold N. Holefield
    That's an excellent response. Thanks. I will chew on it for a day or two. There's much to consider and ponder.
    , @AP
    Well said.
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  • @Cold N. Holefield

    On Russia and some other issues, Tucker Carlson has been far more objective than what’s evident at CNN and MSNBC, as well as much of Fox News.
     
    Tucker Carlson is a Sanctimonious Arch Conservative Prick. What he and his ilk may give with one hand they take back double with the other.

    If you need him as Authority to support your argument, you've already lost your argument. If you don't need him as Authority to support your argument and lend weight to it, then don't give him Billing.

    Who in The West do you really think you're appealing to with this Poor Pious Russia Bullshit?

    I'll tell you who.

    People Like This

    FYI, I can find Russian Writers who speak as equally abysmally of Russia as this author speaks glowingly of it. Russia, like any other Country, is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, but IT OWNS THAT and no author gets to place the blame for Russia's shortcomings, and it has many, on anyone or anything else but Russia itself.

    The author of the New York Review of Books article I linked to mentions how Putin's recruiting of Ilyin to legitimate his Potemkin Kleptocratic Government is rather ironic when you consider Ilyin's opinion of The Soviet Union and The Communists. But Putin's shrewd and since no one is left in Russia to challenge Putin on his Bullshit, he's able to shamelessly contain Ilyin & Stalin & The Soviets under his Deranged Propaganda Umbrella where Russia, not America, is that Shiing City on the Hill.

    Breaking News!!

    There is no Shining City on the Hill.

    Tucker Carlson is a Sanctimonious Arch Conservative Prick. What he and his ilk may give with one hand they take back double with the other.

    If you need him as Authority to support your argument, you’ve already lost your argument. If you don’t need him as Authority to support your argument and lend weight to it, then don’t give him Billing.

    Who among US mass media cable TV hosts is more objective on Russia? He makes some cogent point, in addition to having on some quality guests.

    You’ve failed to convince differently. FYI, I don’t exclusively rely on establishment sources – JRL court appointed Russia friendlys included.

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  • @Cold N. Holefield

    What Belarussians want, for obvious reasons, is to avoid the “Ukrainian path”. They are very afraid to be subject of a Maidan-like experiment.
     
    They're smart to be wary. The West hangs its Vassals out to dry. Look at Trump and Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico is a Protectorate.

    The West cannot be trusted. Former Soviet Satellite States that want to remain independent are going to have to be miraculously clever in walking The Independence Tightrope.

    Well, Batka was able to efficiently control “Maidanist viruses” within Belarus. In addition, people seem allergic to take liberal Sirens sings at face value. I think Belarus skillfully managed its post-soviet period and avoided the disease suffered by its two bigger brothers. In the post-soviet space, Kazakhstan and Belarus are the best performers.

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  • @German_reader

    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger
     
    Yeah, that's the standard line, and it's of course true that many Jewish businesses were closed down by the Soviets, bourgeois Jews deported to the Gulag etc.
    But I have my doubts whether it's the whole story.
    Some years ago I read a study about wartime Latvia (Björn Felder, Lettland im Zweiten Weltkrieg). It contained some facts which seemed very explosive to me (e.g. membership of the Latvian Communist party in 1940/41 was mostly Russians and Jews, with only the top level being ethnic Latvians...and even more strikingly: The Soviets made a big show of how they wanted to fight antisemitism, which the author demonstrated by reference to numerous leaflets, newspapers etc.)...and which are in stark contrast to what you generally read about Stalin's Soviet Union in the early 1940s (which supposedly was all about thinly veiled Russian nationalism by then and already well on the way to its later "antisemitism").
    Not that this could be in any way a justification for the mass murders the Germans and some local collaborators later committed. But it did indicate to me that establishment historians like Snyder don't go out of their way to look at issues that might potentially be controversial.
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  • @utu

    I find it ironic you didn’t notice this
     
    I did not read the books. I am familiar only with many reviews and his talks.

    But I guess it’s too controversial for someone like Snyder
     
    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger and he was saying that people believed in Jewish collaboration and that may explain (not justify) their action.

    In Jedwabne which I think Poland still is controversial as many people do buy the now accepted story the so called pogrom began with having Jews marching with the bust of Lenin form the monument that was erected during Soviet occupation. I think that bust Lenin was found during the exhumation that unfortunately was prematurely terminated under the pressure of Jewish religious groups.

    Probably you are right and I should take a second look at him and read his books first. My mistake came from me being still hopeful.

    Now I remember, years ago I bought Bloodlands but then I lent it to an acquaintance before reading it and completely forgot about it. Since then I moved to another country and the still another so I will have to buy it again if I want to read it.

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    I find it ironic you didn’t notice this
     
    I did not read the books. I am familiar only with many reviews and his talks.

    But I guess it’s too controversial for someone like Snyder
     
    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger and he was saying that people believed in Jewish collaboration and that may explain (not justify) their action.

    In Jedwabne which I think Poland still is controversial as many people do buy the now accepted story the so called pogrom began with having Jews marching with the bust of Lenin form the monument that was erected during Soviet occupation. I think that bust Lenin was found during the exhumation that unfortunately was prematurely terminated under the pressure of Jewish religious groups.

    Probably you are right and I should take a second look at him and read his books first. My mistake came from me being still hopeful.

    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger

    Yeah, that’s the standard line, and it’s of course true that many Jewish businesses were closed down by the Soviets, bourgeois Jews deported to the Gulag etc.
    But I have my doubts whether it’s the whole story.
    Some years ago I read a study about wartime Latvia (Björn Felder, Lettland im Zweiten Weltkrieg). It contained some facts which seemed very explosive to me (e.g. membership of the Latvian Communist party in 1940/41 was mostly Russians and Jews, with only the top level being ethnic Latvians…and even more strikingly: The Soviets made a big show of how they wanted to fight antisemitism, which the author demonstrated by reference to numerous leaflets, newspapers etc.)…and which are in stark contrast to what you generally read about Stalin’s Soviet Union in the early 1940s (which supposedly was all about thinly veiled Russian nationalism by then and already well on the way to its later “antisemitism”).
    Not that this could be in any way a justification for the mass murders the Germans and some local collaborators later committed. But it did indicate to me that establishment historians like Snyder don’t go out of their way to look at issues that might potentially be controversial.

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    Yeah, that’s the standard line
     
    https://www.scribd.com/document/72092745/Collaboration-Of-Polish-Jews-With-Nkvd-and-Soviets
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  • @German_reader

    But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR.
     
    I didn't find him refreshing at all, his book is very conventional (it's also explicitly and vehemently anti-German in its treatment of the expulsions of Germans in the last chapter...I find it ironic you didn't notice this, given how you constantly accuse me of being a "cuck"). It's just an endless catalogue of atrocities, no original research. I also found his saccharine statement early in the book that he wants to focus on the victims, not on the killers pretty pathetic...that's just another manifestation of the modern Western cult of the victim. What's the point in writing about mass killings when you don't tell us about the perpetrators and their motives?
    He also shied away from dealing in detail with the interaction between Soviet and Nazi crimes in the areas annexed by the Soviets in 1940 (Baltic states and what was then Eastern Poland). From what I've read the Soviets presented themselves as fighters against antisemitism in those areas in 1940/41 and there was noticeable support by Jews for the Soviet occupiers (though other Jews became victims of the Soviets and were deported, that's also true). When the Germans came in 1941, they tried to use that to enlist the local population as participants into their race war. But I guess it's too controversial for someone like Snyder (who clearly wants to be an establishment historian) to deal with that...easier that just to pretend that the Soviet Union by 1940 was just a vehicle for Great Russian chauvinism and Stalin an antisemite.

    I find it ironic you didn’t notice this

    I did not read the books. I am familiar only with many reviews and his talks.

    But I guess it’s too controversial for someone like Snyder

    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger and he was saying that people believed in Jewish collaboration and that may explain (not justify) their action.

    In Jedwabne which I think Poland still is controversial as many people do buy the now accepted story the so called pogrom began with having Jews marching with the bust of Lenin form the monument that was erected during Soviet occupation. I think that bust Lenin was found during the exhumation that unfortunately was prematurely terminated under the pressure of Jewish religious groups.

    Probably you are right and I should take a second look at him and read his books first. My mistake came from me being still hopeful.

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    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger
     
    Yeah, that's the standard line, and it's of course true that many Jewish businesses were closed down by the Soviets, bourgeois Jews deported to the Gulag etc.
    But I have my doubts whether it's the whole story.
    Some years ago I read a study about wartime Latvia (Björn Felder, Lettland im Zweiten Weltkrieg). It contained some facts which seemed very explosive to me (e.g. membership of the Latvian Communist party in 1940/41 was mostly Russians and Jews, with only the top level being ethnic Latvians...and even more strikingly: The Soviets made a big show of how they wanted to fight antisemitism, which the author demonstrated by reference to numerous leaflets, newspapers etc.)...and which are in stark contrast to what you generally read about Stalin's Soviet Union in the early 1940s (which supposedly was all about thinly veiled Russian nationalism by then and already well on the way to its later "antisemitism").
    Not that this could be in any way a justification for the mass murders the Germans and some local collaborators later committed. But it did indicate to me that establishment historians like Snyder don't go out of their way to look at issues that might potentially be controversial.
    , @utu
    Now I remember, years ago I bought Bloodlands but then I lent it to an acquaintance before reading it and completely forgot about it. Since then I moved to another country and the still another so I will have to buy it again if I want to read it.
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  • @for-the-record
    My central university library

    So you are an academic (or perhaps a perpetual student)? Must be pretty lonely for you!

    Semi-failed academic in precarious employment.

    Must be pretty lonely for you!

    Why? Because of my “extreme” views? Well, I usually avoid talking about politics unless I have some idea where the other person stands.

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    I wish I could have replied a few hours ago, but if you want to read some of Ilyin's essays in English, go to this website.

    https://souloftheeast.org/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    This was how I was introduced to his philosophy several years ago after coming across his wikipedia article. It was good to see the archive is still up for other people to discover.

    In particular, you should start with 'On Forms of Sovereignty' (1948), which cuts to the heart of how Ilyin perceived the international order and Russia's place in it.

    https://souloftheeast.org/2015/04/24/ivan-ilyin-on-forms-of-sovereignty/
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  • @German_reader
    Two of his books actually seem to have been republished in recent years:
    https://www.amazon.de/Wesen-Eigenart-russischen-Kultur-Betrachtungen/dp/393712974X (apparently published in German already in the 1940s)

    https://www.amazon.de/%C3%9Cber-gewaltsamen-Widerstand-gegen-B%C3%B6se/dp/3963210052/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0KNEV58FDG119KMQB9YB
    (seems to be a new translation)

    My central university library only has some tract by him from the 1920s about private property and communism...but I might try to get hold of that book about Russian culture.

    My central university library

    So you are an academic (or perhaps a perpetual student)? Must be pretty lonely for you!

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    Semi-failed academic in precarious employment.


    Must be pretty lonely for you!
     
    Why? Because of my "extreme" views? Well, I usually avoid talking about politics unless I have some idea where the other person stands.
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  • @Mitleser
    Try the German national library: http://d-nb.info/gnd/118970054

    Two of his books actually seem to have been republished in recent years:
    https://www.amazon.de/Wesen-Eigenart-russischen-Kultur-Betrachtungen/dp/393712974X (apparently published in German already in the 1940s)

    https://www.amazon.de/%C3%9Cber-gewaltsamen-Widerstand-gegen-B%C3%B6se/dp/3963210052/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0KNEV58FDG119KMQB9YB

    (seems to be a new translation)

    My central university library only has some tract by him from the 1920s about private property and communism…but I might try to get hold of that book about Russian culture.

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    My central university library

    So you are an academic (or perhaps a perpetual student)? Must be pretty lonely for you!
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  • @German_reader
    Thanks, I'll have a look at it.
    I wonder about the books Iljin published in German, I suppose they'll be difficult to track down, but maybe I'll try.

    Try the German national library: http://d-nb.info/gnd/118970054

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    Two of his books actually seem to have been republished in recent years:
    https://www.amazon.de/Wesen-Eigenart-russischen-Kultur-Betrachtungen/dp/393712974X (apparently published in German already in the 1940s)

    https://www.amazon.de/%C3%9Cber-gewaltsamen-Widerstand-gegen-B%C3%B6se/dp/3963210052/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0KNEV58FDG119KMQB9YB
    (seems to be a new translation)

    My central university library only has some tract by him from the 1920s about private property and communism...but I might try to get hold of that book about Russian culture.
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  • Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent...
  • I have absolutely no comment on McCain one way or the other; however from 1972-74 I was stationed just outside of Washington D.C. and was a close reader of the Washington Post. Shortly after the mass release of P.OW.s which presumably included McCain, over several days I read several small articles in the back pages of the Post which reported that the military was planning to try a number of the enlisted men for collaborating with the enemy. The final article stated that no one would be courtmartialed after all because the targeted enlisted men threatened to reveal what the officers– who had been imprisoned separately — had done. Since I was a lowly army enlisted man at the time, I was disappointed to learn I would never know how the officers had behaved.

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @utu

    Timothy Snyder isn’t Jewish
     
    I always assumed that he was. But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR. I have recently spent several hours watching through his lectures and realized that his take is more evolved version of my own take to which I arrived after realizing many years ago that Jews actually were not murdered in Germany as Germany remained to some extent a "country of law" (Rechtsstaat) and countries that were German allies could protect Jews better than countries that were occupied by Germany like Poland and places that were lawless like Ukraine and Belarus. His narrative met some resistance within the canonical Jewish Holocaustians but I think it eventually got accepted though his narrative is not ready yet to be utilized in the pop-history of Hollywood and newspaper headlines in Holocaustian indoctrination because it is too complex. However there are issues that he does not touch like the number of the dead. He also separates himself from Hannah Arendt take on Jewish culpability in Judenrats etc. On the positive side he tries to have a more balanced view on Auschwitz and the fact that it was chiefly a huge prison/labor camps complex and it began to play a role in extermination of Jews much later when the the final solution in East was pretty much completed.

    There is a current political context of his work. Just like Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" of 1993 neatly foreshadowed and prepared the shift of interest of American Empire form the conflict with USSR to to engagement with Islam, Snyder book by stressing Soviet crimes and culpability in Holocaust and explaining conditioning to which Belorussians and Ukrainians were subjected shifted the attention of the American Empire to the conquest of Russia's eastern provinces. Thanks to Snyder "the murderous" Ukrainians can be understood and somewhat justified and thus from being just the Holocaust perpetrators they became also freedom fighters against Russian imperialism and thus can be sought as potential allies in the American Empire's projects. It is possibly this was the main objective of his work. Some writings of Anne Applebaum about the same geographical area served similar purpose, i.e., to warm up the image of Poles, Lithuanias, Belorussians and Ukrainians. It is possible that Applebaum and Snyder sit in the same think tanks or at least are paid from the same sources.

    Academia always served the Empire. It is where from comes the подготовка, the preliminary "media artillery" barrage before the main attack.

    Applebaum is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[54] She is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.[55] She was a member of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting's International Board of Directors.[56] She is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) where she co-leads a major initiative aimed at countering Russian disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).[57] She is on the editorial board for The American Interest[58] and the Journal of Democracy.[59]
     

    But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR.

    I didn’t find him refreshing at all, his book is very conventional (it’s also explicitly and vehemently anti-German in its treatment of the expulsions of Germans in the last chapter…I find it ironic you didn’t notice this, given how you constantly accuse me of being a “cuck”). It’s just an endless catalogue of atrocities, no original research. I also found his saccharine statement early in the book that he wants to focus on the victims, not on the killers pretty pathetic…that’s just another manifestation of the modern Western cult of the victim. What’s the point in writing about mass killings when you don’t tell us about the perpetrators and their motives?
    He also shied away from dealing in detail with the interaction between Soviet and Nazi crimes in the areas annexed by the Soviets in 1940 (Baltic states and what was then Eastern Poland). From what I’ve read the Soviets presented themselves as fighters against antisemitism in those areas in 1940/41 and there was noticeable support by Jews for the Soviet occupiers (though other Jews became victims of the Soviets and were deported, that’s also true). When the Germans came in 1941, they tried to use that to enlist the local population as participants into their race war. But I guess it’s too controversial for someone like Snyder (who clearly wants to be an establishment historian) to deal with that…easier that just to pretend that the Soviet Union by 1940 was just a vehicle for Great Russian chauvinism and Stalin an antisemite.

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    I find it ironic you didn’t notice this
     
    I did not read the books. I am familiar only with many reviews and his talks.

    But I guess it’s too controversial for someone like Snyder
     
    In his talks he addressed the issue of Jewish collaboration with Soviets which he minimized and claimed that non Jewish collaboration was even larger and he was saying that people believed in Jewish collaboration and that may explain (not justify) their action.

    In Jedwabne which I think Poland still is controversial as many people do buy the now accepted story the so called pogrom began with having Jews marching with the bust of Lenin form the monument that was erected during Soviet occupation. I think that bust Lenin was found during the exhumation that unfortunately was prematurely terminated under the pressure of Jewish religious groups.

    Probably you are right and I should take a second look at him and read his books first. My mistake came from me being still hopeful.
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  • @utu

    Timothy Snyder isn’t Jewish
     
    I always assumed that he was. But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR. I have recently spent several hours watching through his lectures and realized that his take is more evolved version of my own take to which I arrived after realizing many years ago that Jews actually were not murdered in Germany as Germany remained to some extent a "country of law" (Rechtsstaat) and countries that were German allies could protect Jews better than countries that were occupied by Germany like Poland and places that were lawless like Ukraine and Belarus. His narrative met some resistance within the canonical Jewish Holocaustians but I think it eventually got accepted though his narrative is not ready yet to be utilized in the pop-history of Hollywood and newspaper headlines in Holocaustian indoctrination because it is too complex. However there are issues that he does not touch like the number of the dead. He also separates himself from Hannah Arendt take on Jewish culpability in Judenrats etc. On the positive side he tries to have a more balanced view on Auschwitz and the fact that it was chiefly a huge prison/labor camps complex and it began to play a role in extermination of Jews much later when the the final solution in East was pretty much completed.

    There is a current political context of his work. Just like Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" of 1993 neatly foreshadowed and prepared the shift of interest of American Empire form the conflict with USSR to to engagement with Islam, Snyder book by stressing Soviet crimes and culpability in Holocaust and explaining conditioning to which Belorussians and Ukrainians were subjected shifted the attention of the American Empire to the conquest of Russia's eastern provinces. Thanks to Snyder "the murderous" Ukrainians can be understood and somewhat justified and thus from being just the Holocaust perpetrators they became also freedom fighters against Russian imperialism and thus can be sought as potential allies in the American Empire's projects. It is possibly this was the main objective of his work. Some writings of Anne Applebaum about the same geographical area served similar purpose, i.e., to warm up the image of Poles, Lithuanias, Belorussians and Ukrainians. It is possible that Applebaum and Snyder sit in the same think tanks or at least are paid from the same sources.

    Academia always served the Empire. It is where from comes the подготовка, the preliminary "media artillery" barrage before the main attack.

    Applebaum is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[54] She is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.[55] She was a member of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting's International Board of Directors.[56] She is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) where she co-leads a major initiative aimed at countering Russian disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).[57] She is on the editorial board for The American Interest[58] and the Journal of Democracy.[59]
     

    During the war in Yugoslavia the West sided with Croats who until then had pretty bad reputation as being one of the most murderous actors of the WWII and it was the Serbs who were considered the heroes of the WWII fighting for the right cause. Many people, also in Israel, were confused at that time as they instinctively wanted to support the good Serbs and it turned out that Serbs were not good anymore and the bad guys became the good guys. Similar dissonance people suffer in the case of Ukrainians as they are being transformed into good guys and their enthusiastic participation in Holocaust and genocidal massacres of Poles (also Czechs) in Volhynia is supposed to be forgotten.

    This is a good illustration that the narrative is created by power and truth is treated instrumentally. The truth is a rhetorical devices (after Paul Feyerabend). Those who can claim they poses it win. But only in rare case the truth altered the balance of power as it usually power alters the truth, so the winner can also claim the high moral ground.

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  • @German_reader

    the author might be Jewish.
     
    Timothy Snyder isn't Jewish, but iirc of gentile North European (Dutch?) ancestry. I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews (read his Bloodlands book...not impressed, and the very last chapter strongly irritated me).
    In any case, I'm not interested in hysterical hit pieces accusing Ilyin of "fascism", I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.

    Timothy Snyder isn’t Jewish

    I always assumed that he was. But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR. I have recently spent several hours watching through his lectures and realized that his take is more evolved version of my own take to which I arrived after realizing many years ago that Jews actually were not murdered in Germany as Germany remained to some extent a “country of law” (Rechtsstaat) and countries that were German allies could protect Jews better than countries that were occupied by Germany like Poland and places that were lawless like Ukraine and Belarus. His narrative met some resistance within the canonical Jewish Holocaustians but I think it eventually got accepted though his narrative is not ready yet to be utilized in the pop-history of Hollywood and newspaper headlines in Holocaustian indoctrination because it is too complex. However there are issues that he does not touch like the number of the dead. He also separates himself from Hannah Arendt take on Jewish culpability in Judenrats etc. On the positive side he tries to have a more balanced view on Auschwitz and the fact that it was chiefly a huge prison/labor camps complex and it began to play a role in extermination of Jews much later when the the final solution in East was pretty much completed.

    There is a current political context of his work. Just like Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” of 1993 neatly foreshadowed and prepared the shift of interest of American Empire form the conflict with USSR to to engagement with Islam, Snyder book by stressing Soviet crimes and culpability in Holocaust and explaining conditioning to which Belorussians and Ukrainians were subjected shifted the attention of the American Empire to the conquest of Russia’s eastern provinces. Thanks to Snyder “the murderous” Ukrainians can be understood and somewhat justified and thus from being just the Holocaust perpetrators they became also freedom fighters against Russian imperialism and thus can be sought as potential allies in the American Empire’s projects. It is possibly this was the main objective of his work. Some writings of Anne Applebaum about the same geographical area served similar purpose, i.e., to warm up the image of Poles, Lithuanias, Belorussians and Ukrainians. It is possible that Applebaum and Snyder sit in the same think tanks or at least are paid from the same sources.

    Academia always served the Empire. It is where from comes the подготовка, the preliminary “media artillery” barrage before the main attack.

    Applebaum is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[54] She is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.[55] She was a member of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting’s International Board of Directors.[56] She is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) where she co-leads a major initiative aimed at countering Russian disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).[57] She is on the editorial board for The American Interest[58] and the Journal of Democracy.[59]

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    During the war in Yugoslavia the West sided with Croats who until then had pretty bad reputation as being one of the most murderous actors of the WWII and it was the Serbs who were considered the heroes of the WWII fighting for the right cause. Many people, also in Israel, were confused at that time as they instinctively wanted to support the good Serbs and it turned out that Serbs were not good anymore and the bad guys became the good guys. Similar dissonance people suffer in the case of Ukrainians as they are being transformed into good guys and their enthusiastic participation in Holocaust and genocidal massacres of Poles (also Czechs) in Volhynia is supposed to be forgotten.

    This is a good illustration that the narrative is created by power and truth is treated instrumentally. The truth is a rhetorical devices (after Paul Feyerabend). Those who can claim they poses it win. But only in rare case the truth altered the balance of power as it usually power alters the truth, so the winner can also claim the high moral ground.
    , @German_reader

    But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR.
     
    I didn't find him refreshing at all, his book is very conventional (it's also explicitly and vehemently anti-German in its treatment of the expulsions of Germans in the last chapter...I find it ironic you didn't notice this, given how you constantly accuse me of being a "cuck"). It's just an endless catalogue of atrocities, no original research. I also found his saccharine statement early in the book that he wants to focus on the victims, not on the killers pretty pathetic...that's just another manifestation of the modern Western cult of the victim. What's the point in writing about mass killings when you don't tell us about the perpetrators and their motives?
    He also shied away from dealing in detail with the interaction between Soviet and Nazi crimes in the areas annexed by the Soviets in 1940 (Baltic states and what was then Eastern Poland). From what I've read the Soviets presented themselves as fighters against antisemitism in those areas in 1940/41 and there was noticeable support by Jews for the Soviet occupiers (though other Jews became victims of the Soviets and were deported, that's also true). When the Germans came in 1941, they tried to use that to enlist the local population as participants into their race war. But I guess it's too controversial for someone like Snyder (who clearly wants to be an establishment historian) to deal with that...easier that just to pretend that the Soviet Union by 1940 was just a vehicle for Great Russian chauvinism and Stalin an antisemite.
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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • @Rich
    A true prophet. Looking like it might be too late for Britain, now. I see they have a homosexual Hindu as Prime Minister across the Irish Sea and the childless Mrs May isn't going to do anything to stop the inflow to her country. When will King Arthur return?

    “When will King Arthur return?”
    For the past, Scepter’d Islers must yearn.
    They most love misty fables
    And merrie round tables
    When the thatch ‘bove their heads starts to burn.

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    But just for the record, in Malory's "Morte d'Arthur", it was in fact the great magician Merlin, not Arthur, who, it was said, would return in due time, to save England in her hour of greatest need.

    And Yes, for what it's worth... as an Englishman, I do actually believe that, somehow, he will.
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  • @Uebersetzer
    Powell was defeated in 1987. He narrowly held on in South Down in 1983.

    Thanks. My mistake.

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • So, rumor grapevine concerning the 24 hour American IRS outage has the following:

    1: Russian SVR was deeply dismayed by Roselkomnadzors clown car antics regarding Telegram, and believed that Russian cyber deterrence was threatened by this public show of incompetence.

    2: IRS was taken down for 24 hours to have some lulz/bragging rights/making someone look more stupid that Roselkomnadzor. One cannot accuse the SVR of setting only modest goals for itself. 2/3 so far.

    3: IRS takedown was also because some SVR affiliated rich guys are pretty displeased with the state of US double taxation. You see, normal rich people have tax optimizers, certain Oligarchs have the SVR.

    4: Replaceing IRS website with a Roselkomnadzor notice “Website taken down for financial scamming” was considered, but not utilized due either a lack of humor or to the prophecies of Kek not being sufficiently advanced.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Paul Robinson addressed that article pretty thoroughly: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/bandwagon-of-errors/

    I haven't yet written anything systemic about Ilyin on this blog, but if you're interested in the topic, I'd recommend Robinson's archive on this topic: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    Russian conservatism is one of his core specialties and he has a book coming out soon on this topic.

    Thanks, I’ll have a look at it.
    I wonder about the books Iljin published in German, I suppose they’ll be difficult to track down, but maybe I’ll try.

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    Try the German national library: http://d-nb.info/gnd/118970054
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  • @AP

    I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews
     
    IIRC some Jewish critics were upset with him because they felt that his focus on Polish and Ukrainian suffering diluted the "unique" suffering of the Jewish people during those times.

    That’s pretty funny, one of the things I found so bizarre about the last chapter of his book was his treatment of characters like Jakub Berman in post-war Poland. The focus was almost entirely on how these people had to live in fear of Stalin’s alleged antisemitism…not on the fact that they were pretty repellent characters themselves who were instrumental in the creation of a communist dictatorship.
    He had similar tendencies in earlier chapters imo (e.g. the striking overrepresentation of Jews among NKVD personnel until 1937/38 only gets mentioned in the context of the Great Terror when they fell victim to a system they had earlier been part of; iirc he also had the usual line about Stalin supporting Great Russian chauvinism).
    And quite apart from that, it’s just a totally unoriginal book, little more than a tedious catalogue of atrocities.

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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • Happy St George’s Day to everyone

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Aedib

    Belarus will eventually accede to Russia,
     
    I don’t think so. What Belarussians want, for obvious reasons, is to avoid the “Ukrainian path”. They are very afraid to be subject of a Maidan-like experiment.

    What Belarussians want, for obvious reasons, is to avoid the “Ukrainian path”. They are very afraid to be subject of a Maidan-like experiment.

    They’re smart to be wary. The West hangs its Vassals out to dry. Look at Trump and Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico is a Protectorate.

    The West cannot be trusted. Former Soviet Satellite States that want to remain independent are going to have to be miraculously clever in walking The Independence Tightrope.

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    Well, Batka was able to efficiently control “Maidanist viruses” within Belarus. In addition, people seem allergic to take liberal Sirens sings at face value. I think Belarus skillfully managed its post-soviet period and avoided the disease suffered by its two bigger brothers. In the post-soviet space, Kazakhstan and Belarus are the best performers.
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  • Maybe Paul Robinson can address this. It’s Ivan Ilyin in his own words.

    Putinism: Rusia and Its Future with the West

    Europe does not understand the Nazi movement. It does not understand it and is afraid. And the more it is afraid, the less it understands. The less it understands, the more it tends to believe all the nagative rumors, all the horror stories of “eyewitnesses,” all the frightening predictions. Radical left wingers in virtually all European nations create an atmosphere of ill will and hatred. Unfortunately our Russian [émigré] press is gradually also drawn into this, the [Jewish-liberal] emotions gradually become categories of good and evil.

    To this day European public opinion has failed to understand that National Socialism is by no means radical racialism that does not respect the law. The spirit of National Socialism does not lead to racialism.

    I love this excerpt.

    ….National Socialism is by no means radical racialism that does not respect the law.

    How clever. He’s correct. It can just as easily be read as follows.

    National Socialism is radical racialism that respects the law.

    Remember, The Rule of Law is very important to Ilyin. It’s a Central Tenet of his Philosophy. So long as its legal, it’s virtuous.

    This excerpt also tickles me.

    The spirit of National Socialism does not lead to racialism.

    Once again, very clever on his part. He’s also correct once again. It should and could read as follows.

    The spirit of National Socialism does not LEAD TO racialism because the spirit of National Socialism IS INHERENTLY racist.

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    Because I was asked, here goes:

    Like a lot of people on the European political right in the inter-war period, Ilyin initially engaged in a certain amount of wishful thinking concerning fascism, which caused him at first to underestimate its dangers. He also had some sympathy with 1930s authoritarianism, nationalism, and especially anti-communism. But Ilyin was also a firm opponent of totalitarianism. Eventually, the Nazis fired him from his job teaching in Berlin because he refused to include anti-Semitic propaganda in his lectures. He continued lecturing around Germany in defiance of the authorities until in 1938 he fled the country.

    Let's be clear - Ilyin is not a modern Western liberal democrat. There are lots of passages in his work calling for 'dictatorship' etc. If that's all of his work you read, you'll no doubt think the guy is a fascist or something close to it. But, there's also a lot in his work which gives a very different impression. Take, for instance, his attitude to law. For Ilyin, law is not something to be obeyed just because it is law and somebody in authority has dictated it. Formal, 'positive' law, he wrote, should try as much as is possible to reflect natural law, which he defined in terms of the right of every individual to live a worthy, dignified, and autonomous life, independent of external coercion. Formal law exists only for this end. Moreover, the state exists only for this end - ie the sole purpose of the state is securing individuals' rights according to natural law. This is a very liberal point of view, and explains why many Russian conservative philosophers nowadays describe Ilyin as a 'liberal'.

    So which is the real Ilyin? The authoritarian or the liberal? The answer is a complex, often paradoxical, mixture of the two. Ilyin supports authoritarianism over democracy precisely because in his time democracies had a nasty habit of collapsing and turning into totalitarian regimes (whether communist or fascist). This is because of the underdeveloped 'legal consciousness' of the people. Democracy could be stable in countries where legal consciousness was well developed, e.g. Britain, But elsewhere, and particularly Russia, it couldn't. Democracy therefore often did a worse job of protecting people's natural rights than authoritarianism. But the latter is only justified to the extent that it promotes natural rights and ultimately the authoritarian state should develop the people's legal consciousness to the extent that authoritarian rule is no longer necessary.

    This all fits quite well into the Russian liberal-conservative tradition, which believes in autocracy (defined in terms of centralizing power into the hands of a single person) but also believes that autocracy is an inherently limited form of government, justified by its ability to protect peoples' freedoms. Of course, to modern Western liberal democrats these elements are contradictory. But without passing judgement on it, that is what it is.

    Paul
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  • @El Dato
    Once it becomes obvious that this Soviet legacy has run out the American owners of Ukraine and Belarus will scrap them.

    Who are "the American owners of Belarus"?????

    Belarus will eventually accede to Russia, but Ukraine not so much. It's rather like (todays) Poland in that respect, which is unlikely to reintegrate the Deutschland anytime soon. Maybe it will split in two, only time can tell.

    Belarus will eventually accede to Russia,

    I don’t think so. What Belarussians want, for obvious reasons, is to avoid the “Ukrainian path”. They are very afraid to be subject of a Maidan-like experiment.

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    What Belarussians want, for obvious reasons, is to avoid the “Ukrainian path”. They are very afraid to be subject of a Maidan-like experiment.
     
    They're smart to be wary. The West hangs its Vassals out to dry. Look at Trump and Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico is a Protectorate.

    The West cannot be trusted. Former Soviet Satellite States that want to remain independent are going to have to be miraculously clever in walking The Independence Tightrope.
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  • @German_reader

    the author might be Jewish.
     
    Timothy Snyder isn't Jewish, but iirc of gentile North European (Dutch?) ancestry. I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews (read his Bloodlands book...not impressed, and the very last chapter strongly irritated me).
    In any case, I'm not interested in hysterical hit pieces accusing Ilyin of "fascism", I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.

    Paul Robinson addressed that article pretty thoroughly: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/bandwagon-of-errors/

    I haven’t yet written anything systemic about Ilyin on this blog, but if you’re interested in the topic, I’d recommend Robinson’s archive on this topic: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    Russian conservatism is one of his core specialties and he has a book coming out soon on this topic.

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    Thanks, I'll have a look at it.
    I wonder about the books Iljin published in German, I suppose they'll be difficult to track down, but maybe I'll try.
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  • @German_reader

    the author might be Jewish.
     
    Timothy Snyder isn't Jewish, but iirc of gentile North European (Dutch?) ancestry. I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews (read his Bloodlands book...not impressed, and the very last chapter strongly irritated me).
    In any case, I'm not interested in hysterical hit pieces accusing Ilyin of "fascism", I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.

    I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews

    IIRC some Jewish critics were upset with him because they felt that his focus on Polish and Ukrainian suffering diluted the “unique” suffering of the Jewish people during those times.

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    That's pretty funny, one of the things I found so bizarre about the last chapter of his book was his treatment of characters like Jakub Berman in post-war Poland. The focus was almost entirely on how these people had to live in fear of Stalin's alleged antisemitism...not on the fact that they were pretty repellent characters themselves who were instrumental in the creation of a communist dictatorship.
    He had similar tendencies in earlier chapters imo (e.g. the striking overrepresentation of Jews among NKVD personnel until 1937/38 only gets mentioned in the context of the Great Terror when they fell victim to a system they had earlier been part of; iirc he also had the usual line about Stalin supporting Great Russian chauvinism).
    And quite apart from that, it's just a totally unoriginal book, little more than a tedious catalogue of atrocities.
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  • @German_reader

    the author might be Jewish.
     
    Timothy Snyder isn't Jewish, but iirc of gentile North European (Dutch?) ancestry. I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews (read his Bloodlands book...not impressed, and the very last chapter strongly irritated me).
    In any case, I'm not interested in hysterical hit pieces accusing Ilyin of "fascism", I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.

    I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.

    If you don’t get a good answer here, you might try asking this question over at Paul Robinson’s blog:

    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/

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  • @Cold N. Holefield

    Do you have recommendations what I should read by/about him?
     
    Start with this, but BEWARE, I think, GASP!!, the author might be Jewish. Unfortunately, even though you're a German Reader, it's in English. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure. Not ideal by any means, but easily overcome with a modicum of effort.

    Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s Philosopher of Russian Fascism

    An Excerpt from that link.

    Thus this Russian philosopher, whose name was Ivan Ilyin, came to imagine a Russian Christian fascism. Born in 1883, he finished a dissertation on God’s worldly failure just before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Expelled from his homeland in 1922 by the Soviet power he despised, he embraced the cause of Benito Mussolini and completed an apology for political violence in 1925. In German and Swiss exile, he wrote in the 1920s and 1930s for White Russian exiles who had fled after defeat in the Russian civil war, and in the 1940s and 1950s for future Russians who would see the end of the Soviet power.

    A tireless worker, Ilyin produced about twenty books in Russian, and another twenty in German. Some of his work has a rambling and commonsensical character, and it is easy to find tensions and contradictions. One current of thought that is coherent over the decades, however, is his metaphysical and moral justification for political totalitarianism, which he expressed in practical outlines for a fascist state. A crucial concept was “law” or “legal consciousness” (pravosoznanie). For the young Ilyin, writing before the Revolution, law embodied the hope that Russians would partake in a universal consciousness that would allow Russia to create a modern state. For the mature, counter-revolutionary Ilyin, a particular consciousness (“heart” or “soul,” not “mind”) permitted Russians to experience the arbitrary claims of power as law. Though he died forgotten, in 1954, Ilyin’s work was revived after collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and guides the men who rule Russia today.
     
    This is instructive in many ways, not just one. It should put to rest the notion that there is any "Virtue" in The Rule of Law or the trope bandied about, A Nation of Laws. Ilyin admired Italian & German Fascism as much for their "Virtue" as for their adherence to The Rule of Law. They both were, respectively, A Nation of Laws and they operated according to The Rule of Law, and yet both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy were Sadistic Totalitarian Butchering Regimes and according to their vaunted Law, it was perfectly legal. The belief that they were "Virtuous" gave them a Blank Check to create Laws that enabled & perpetuated Crimes Against Humanity persecuting any & all who refused to believe in, and succumb to, their Bloody Virtue, or who were otherwise ill-fitting (i.e. the Disabled & the Jews).

    the author might be Jewish.

    Timothy Snyder isn’t Jewish, but iirc of gentile North European (Dutch?) ancestry. I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews (read his Bloodlands book…not impressed, and the very last chapter strongly irritated me).
    In any case, I’m not interested in hysterical hit pieces accusing Ilyin of “fascism”, I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.

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    I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.
     
    If you don't get a good answer here, you might try asking this question over at Paul Robinson's blog:

    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/
    , @AP

    I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews
     
    IIRC some Jewish critics were upset with him because they felt that his focus on Polish and Ukrainian suffering diluted the "unique" suffering of the Jewish people during those times.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Paul Robinson addressed that article pretty thoroughly: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/bandwagon-of-errors/

    I haven't yet written anything systemic about Ilyin on this blog, but if you're interested in the topic, I'd recommend Robinson's archive on this topic: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/tag/ivan-ilyin/

    Russian conservatism is one of his core specialties and he has a book coming out soon on this topic.
    , @utu

    Timothy Snyder isn’t Jewish
     
    I always assumed that he was. But I found him refreshing that he managed to change parts of Holocaust narrative and put it in wider context of butchery that was going on in the East were many actors were involved and that he does not neglect the role of the USSR. I have recently spent several hours watching through his lectures and realized that his take is more evolved version of my own take to which I arrived after realizing many years ago that Jews actually were not murdered in Germany as Germany remained to some extent a "country of law" (Rechtsstaat) and countries that were German allies could protect Jews better than countries that were occupied by Germany like Poland and places that were lawless like Ukraine and Belarus. His narrative met some resistance within the canonical Jewish Holocaustians but I think it eventually got accepted though his narrative is not ready yet to be utilized in the pop-history of Hollywood and newspaper headlines in Holocaustian indoctrination because it is too complex. However there are issues that he does not touch like the number of the dead. He also separates himself from Hannah Arendt take on Jewish culpability in Judenrats etc. On the positive side he tries to have a more balanced view on Auschwitz and the fact that it was chiefly a huge prison/labor camps complex and it began to play a role in extermination of Jews much later when the the final solution in East was pretty much completed.

    There is a current political context of his work. Just like Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" of 1993 neatly foreshadowed and prepared the shift of interest of American Empire form the conflict with USSR to to engagement with Islam, Snyder book by stressing Soviet crimes and culpability in Holocaust and explaining conditioning to which Belorussians and Ukrainians were subjected shifted the attention of the American Empire to the conquest of Russia's eastern provinces. Thanks to Snyder "the murderous" Ukrainians can be understood and somewhat justified and thus from being just the Holocaust perpetrators they became also freedom fighters against Russian imperialism and thus can be sought as potential allies in the American Empire's projects. It is possibly this was the main objective of his work. Some writings of Anne Applebaum about the same geographical area served similar purpose, i.e., to warm up the image of Poles, Lithuanias, Belorussians and Ukrainians. It is possible that Applebaum and Snyder sit in the same think tanks or at least are paid from the same sources.

    Academia always served the Empire. It is where from comes the подготовка, the preliminary "media artillery" barrage before the main attack.

    Applebaum is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[54] She is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.[55] She was a member of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting's International Board of Directors.[56] She is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) where she co-leads a major initiative aimed at countering Russian disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).[57] She is on the editorial board for The American Interest[58] and the Journal of Democracy.[59]
     
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  • @German_reader

    You should really read up on him
     
    Do you have recommendations what I should read by/about him?

    Do you have recommendations what I should read by/about him?

    Start with this, but BEWARE, I think, GASP!!, the author might be Jewish. Unfortunately, even though you’re a German Reader, it’s in English. A minor inconvenience, I’m sure. Not ideal by any means, but easily overcome with a modicum of effort.

    Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s Philosopher of Russian Fascism

    An Excerpt from that link.

    Thus this Russian philosopher, whose name was Ivan Ilyin, came to imagine a Russian Christian fascism. Born in 1883, he finished a dissertation on God’s worldly failure just before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Expelled from his homeland in 1922 by the Soviet power he despised, he embraced the cause of Benito Mussolini and completed an apology for political violence in 1925. In German and Swiss exile, he wrote in the 1920s and 1930s for White Russian exiles who had fled after defeat in the Russian civil war, and in the 1940s and 1950s for future Russians who would see the end of the Soviet power.

    A tireless worker, Ilyin produced about twenty books in Russian, and another twenty in German. Some of his work has a rambling and commonsensical character, and it is easy to find tensions and contradictions. One current of thought that is coherent over the decades, however, is his metaphysical and moral justification for political totalitarianism, which he expressed in practical outlines for a fascist state. A crucial concept was “law” or “legal consciousness” (pravosoznanie). For the young Ilyin, writing before the Revolution, law embodied the hope that Russians would partake in a universal consciousness that would allow Russia to create a modern state. For the mature, counter-revolutionary Ilyin, a particular consciousness (“heart” or “soul,” not “mind”) permitted Russians to experience the arbitrary claims of power as law. Though he died forgotten, in 1954, Ilyin’s work was revived after collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and guides the men who rule Russia today.

    This is instructive in many ways, not just one. It should put to rest the notion that there is any “Virtue” in The Rule of Law or the trope bandied about, A Nation of Laws. Ilyin admired Italian & German Fascism as much for their “Virtue” as for their adherence to The Rule of Law. They both were, respectively, A Nation of Laws and they operated according to The Rule of Law, and yet both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy were Sadistic Totalitarian Butchering Regimes and according to their vaunted Law, it was perfectly legal. The belief that they were “Virtuous” gave them a Blank Check to create Laws that enabled & perpetuated Crimes Against Humanity persecuting any & all who refused to believe in, and succumb to, their Bloody Virtue, or who were otherwise ill-fitting (i.e. the Disabled & the Jews).

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    the author might be Jewish.
     
    Timothy Snyder isn't Jewish, but iirc of gentile North European (Dutch?) ancestry. I do get the impression though that he caters strongly to the interests and prejudices of American Jews (read his Bloodlands book...not impressed, and the very last chapter strongly irritated me).
    In any case, I'm not interested in hysterical hit pieces accusing Ilyin of "fascism", I want to know if some representative sample of his work is available in English, German or French, so I can judge for myself.
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  • @Mikhail
    I'm understandably not alone in negatively assessing your input here.

    On Russia and some other issues, Tucker Carlson has been far more objective than what's evident at CNN and MSNBC, as well as much of Fox News.

    On Russia and some other issues, Tucker Carlson has been far more objective than what’s evident at CNN and MSNBC, as well as much of Fox News.

    Tucker Carlson is a Sanctimonious Arch Conservative Prick. What he and his ilk may give with one hand they take back double with the other.

    If you need him as Authority to support your argument, you’ve already lost your argument. If you don’t need him as Authority to support your argument and lend weight to it, then don’t give him Billing.

    Who in The West do you really think you’re appealing to with this Poor Pious Russia Bullshit?

    I’ll tell you who.

    People Like This

    FYI, I can find Russian Writers who speak as equally abysmally of Russia as this author speaks glowingly of it. Russia, like any other Country, is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, but IT OWNS THAT and no author gets to place the blame for Russia’s shortcomings, and it has many, on anyone or anything else but Russia itself.

    The author of the New York Review of Books article I linked to mentions how Putin’s recruiting of Ilyin to legitimate his Potemkin Kleptocratic Government is rather ironic when you consider Ilyin’s opinion of The Soviet Union and The Communists. But Putin’s shrewd and since no one is left in Russia to challenge Putin on his Bullshit, he’s able to shamelessly contain Ilyin & Stalin & The Soviets under his Deranged Propaganda Umbrella where Russia, not America, is that Shiing City on the Hill.

    Breaking News!!

    There is no Shining City on the Hill.

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    Tucker Carlson is a Sanctimonious Arch Conservative Prick. What he and his ilk may give with one hand they take back double with the other.

    If you need him as Authority to support your argument, you’ve already lost your argument. If you don’t need him as Authority to support your argument and lend weight to it, then don’t give him Billing.
     

    Who among US mass media cable TV hosts is more objective on Russia? He makes some cogent point, in addition to having on some quality guests.

    You've failed to convince differently. FYI, I don't exclusively rely on establishment sources - JRL court appointed Russia friendlys included.

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  • @Cicero2
    You should really read up on him, Ilyin was one of the great conservative philosophers of the 20th century. As others had mentioned, he was no Eurasianist but rather someone who tried to balance what he felt was the best of the European legal tradition with the potential and challenges of modernity.

    In so far as Putin quoting him, that seems to be related to Putin's own belief that he is following in the course of Ilyin's "Third Way" for Russia that combines respect for national tradition with caution towards liberal democracy, while denouncing despotism and total centralization of power.

    Personally, I think Ilyin would hate what Russia has become. He would accuse Putin of putting on a big show of being a responsible leader with very little action to back it up. Someone who puts up the front of being an enlightened ruler who defends the conscience of law, but has only a hazy understanding of what that law means.

    You should really read up on him

    Do you have recommendations what I should read by/about him?

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    Do you have recommendations what I should read by/about him?
     
    Start with this, but BEWARE, I think, GASP!!, the author might be Jewish. Unfortunately, even though you're a German Reader, it's in English. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure. Not ideal by any means, but easily overcome with a modicum of effort.

    Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s Philosopher of Russian Fascism

    An Excerpt from that link.

    Thus this Russian philosopher, whose name was Ivan Ilyin, came to imagine a Russian Christian fascism. Born in 1883, he finished a dissertation on God’s worldly failure just before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Expelled from his homeland in 1922 by the Soviet power he despised, he embraced the cause of Benito Mussolini and completed an apology for political violence in 1925. In German and Swiss exile, he wrote in the 1920s and 1930s for White Russian exiles who had fled after defeat in the Russian civil war, and in the 1940s and 1950s for future Russians who would see the end of the Soviet power.

    A tireless worker, Ilyin produced about twenty books in Russian, and another twenty in German. Some of his work has a rambling and commonsensical character, and it is easy to find tensions and contradictions. One current of thought that is coherent over the decades, however, is his metaphysical and moral justification for political totalitarianism, which he expressed in practical outlines for a fascist state. A crucial concept was “law” or “legal consciousness” (pravosoznanie). For the young Ilyin, writing before the Revolution, law embodied the hope that Russians would partake in a universal consciousness that would allow Russia to create a modern state. For the mature, counter-revolutionary Ilyin, a particular consciousness (“heart” or “soul,” not “mind”) permitted Russians to experience the arbitrary claims of power as law. Though he died forgotten, in 1954, Ilyin’s work was revived after collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and guides the men who rule Russia today.
     
    This is instructive in many ways, not just one. It should put to rest the notion that there is any "Virtue" in The Rule of Law or the trope bandied about, A Nation of Laws. Ilyin admired Italian & German Fascism as much for their "Virtue" as for their adherence to The Rule of Law. They both were, respectively, A Nation of Laws and they operated according to The Rule of Law, and yet both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy were Sadistic Totalitarian Butchering Regimes and according to their vaunted Law, it was perfectly legal. The belief that they were "Virtuous" gave them a Blank Check to create Laws that enabled & perpetuated Crimes Against Humanity persecuting any & all who refused to believe in, and succumb to, their Bloody Virtue, or who were otherwise ill-fitting (i.e. the Disabled & the Jews).
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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    He was against Soviet expansionist and repeatedly condemned its occupation of Eastern Europe.

    To be sure, he had cynical views about Western policies towards Russia - does anyone here even disagree? - which was however enough to transform him into "Putin's Fascist Philosopher" in the American MSM.

    To be sure, he had cynical views about Western policies towards Russia – does anyone here even disagree?

    Depends on the context, I don’t quite see how Tsarist Russia was a victim of Western machinations.
    Have you written about Ilyin in detail before? Is some of his work available in translation, and if so, what should one read to understand his thought?
    I have no doubt that what Western msm and people like Timothy Snyder write about him is hysterical nonsense, but if possible I’d like to see for myself.

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    Depends on the context, I don’t quite see how Tsarist Russia was a victim of Western machinations.
     
    Crimean War, Congress of Berlin and Russo-Japanese War serve as examples.
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  • This Holefield fellow is a nutjob.

    https://catcherinthelie.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/russian-trolls-chumps/

    I suggest not feeding the troll.

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  • @Gottendamerung
    It has been a great mistake for the EU to admit so many irrelevant and toxic countries such as the Baltics , Poland , Chekia , Slovakia , Hungary , Romania ,Bulgaria , as well as to foster a coup d`Etat and a civil war in toxic Ucraina .

    This will be the end of the EU .

    Historic and poweful european countries like France , Italy , England , Spain . feel marginalized by Brussels ( by Germany ? ) , in benefit of the toxics . England already voted out of the EU , and the anger towards this EU is growing in Italy , France and Spain .

    The EU should have stablished just trade agreements with the toxics , and with Russia too , which is the most important , historic , and reliable country of eastern europe . But the Americans blind with hegemonism and russophobia would not tolerate it , what will lead to the end of the EU , and of Nato , or worse to an atomic war that will finnish with what remains of the white race .

    great mistake for the EU to admit so many irrelevant and toxic countries

    agreed, you just make a mistake of causality – the toxicity spreads from your lands to ours. All the EU money brought only problems to our lands: discord, corruption and misallocation of capital. Now you only drag us down ideologically with your dying senility and decadence. I am all for exiting this travesty. We are the engine of your growth, we are the future, you don’t deserve us.

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  • @Cold N. Holefield
    Previous to my comment, he knew nothing about Ivan Ilyin (sorry I screwed up his name earlier and accidentally typed an extra "l"). How do we know? Because he said "Who?". Now he's an Expert. He's a Quick Learner, I'll give him that.

    I have read almost all of Ilyin’s postwar articles and can state confidently that you’re full of shi- American MSM op-eds. (From the same people who also think that Dugin is Putin’s favorite “philosopher”).

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  • @German_reader
    Ok, you seem to know a lot more about him than me (are you actually Russian yourself?).
    From the quotes you cited above it still seems like an extremely one-sided, maybe even paranoid interpretation of history. By selective choice of materials you could write much the same about many other countries (certainly about Germany).
    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it's not the whole story.

    He was against Soviet expansionist and repeatedly condemned its occupation of Eastern Europe.

    To be sure, he had cynical views about Western policies towards Russia – does anyone here even disagree? – which was however enough to transform him into “Putin’s Fascist Philosopher” in the American MSM.

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    To be sure, he had cynical views about Western policies towards Russia – does anyone here even disagree?

     

    Depends on the context, I don't quite see how Tsarist Russia was a victim of Western machinations.
    Have you written about Ilyin in detail before? Is some of his work available in translation, and if so, what should one read to understand his thought?
    I have no doubt that what Western msm and people like Timothy Snyder write about him is hysterical nonsense, but if possible I'd like to see for myself.
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  • @Cicero2
    You should really read up on him, Ilyin was one of the great conservative philosophers of the 20th century. As others had mentioned, he was no Eurasianist but rather someone who tried to balance what he felt was the best of the European legal tradition with the potential and challenges of modernity.

    In so far as Putin quoting him, that seems to be related to Putin's own belief that he is following in the course of Ilyin's "Third Way" for Russia that combines respect for national tradition with caution towards liberal democracy, while denouncing despotism and total centralization of power.

    Personally, I think Ilyin would hate what Russia has become. He would accuse Putin of putting on a big show of being a responsible leader with very little action to back it up. Someone who puts up the front of being an enlightened ruler who defends the conscience of law, but has only a hazy understanding of what that law means.

    Ilyin might sympathize with Putin on the belief that the latter has limits in terms of what can be reasonably done.

    Another great 19th century conservative Russian thinker:

    https://orientalreview.org/2015/06/21/pobedonostsev-personalist-populist-perennialist-patriot-peacenik/

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  • @German_reader
    Some conservative/nationalist Russian philosopher of strong anti-Western bent from the early 20th century. Putin is supposedly a fan of him and quotes him occasionally.
    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn't get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound...but given our pressing issues, this can only be a minor concern.

    A view which also completely fails to correlate with what Ilyin actually wrote.

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  • @Seraphim
    One may scratch his head till blood comes out, but he won't be able to understand what 'great harm' did Solzhenitsyn do to his people and motherland? The disparaging of Solzhenitsyn is a purely 'Western' affair. They hate him.

    As do many, if not most, if not all sovoks.

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  • Much of the Western world just honored the millions of soldiers fallen in the two world wars. But we also need to look beyond postwar myths and understand the tragic political mistakes that sent these soldiers to die in wars that might have been avoided. In his powerful new book, Hitler, Churchill and the Unnecessary...
  • “America’s entry into the war resulted in Germany’s defeat”

    An American myth. Britain and France would have defeated the Germans anyway. It would have just taken a bit longer. American supplies were very helpful, though.

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @German_reader

    He is a publicist and this is activism aimed at a Russian audience
     
    I know, and that's why I find his arguments potentially quite dangerous. Peoples that base their identity on a narrative of their total innocence and victimisation at the hands of others tend to be insufferable and lash out in rather excessive ways.
    Russians certainly have many legitimate grievances and are right not to trust the West in its present configuration. I have my doubts though whether Mr Kholmogorov's ideological myth-making can play any positive role.

    Peoples that base their identity on a narrative of their total innocence and victimisation at the hands of others tend to be insufferable and lash out in rather excessive ways.

    Oy Vey!

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  • The main manifestations of the Russian Revival were the protection and partial restoration of Russia’s medieval architectural legacy (first and foremost, Orthodox churches) and the spread of a vogue for everything Old Russian, which became something of a marker of ethnic Russianness.

    It’s parodied in the movie Afonya (1975). Soviet home decor, Old Russian style: a samovar, a Zhostovo tray, a Gzhel vase, some folk figurines, “log” panels on the walls… combined with proudly exhibited foreign alcohol and canned food.

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  • @Hunsdon
    Is America today the some people, the same polity, the same nation, as it was it 1500?

    Jackass.

    Answer the question rather than go all SJW.

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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @German_reader

    As Communism was collapsing, there was a sincere popular pro-Western orientation in Russia. That changed on account of the kind of Western robber baron types that left a bad impression in Russia, as well as hypocritically biased actions which included the bombing of Yugoslavia and preachy neocon-neolib manner on how Russia should behave in Chechnya and in its “near abroad” (former Soviet republics). Downplayed in that condescension, is the fault-lines of the Gamsakkurdias, Saakashvilis, Yushchenkos, Dudayevs and Maskhadovs.
     
    Yes, that view seems pretty accurate to me, as I wrote I attribute the major part of the blame for the present state of Russian-Western relations to Western policy-makers.
    I just took issue with some of Ilyin's statements that seemed too black-and-white to me. But since I haven't really read any of his works, I'm obviously not really qualified to judge his thought in all its intricacies.

    You should really read up on him, Ilyin was one of the great conservative philosophers of the 20th century. As others had mentioned, he was no Eurasianist but rather someone who tried to balance what he felt was the best of the European legal tradition with the potential and challenges of modernity.

    In so far as Putin quoting him, that seems to be related to Putin’s own belief that he is following in the course of Ilyin’s “Third Way” for Russia that combines respect for national tradition with caution towards liberal democracy, while denouncing despotism and total centralization of power.

    Personally, I think Ilyin would hate what Russia has become. He would accuse Putin of putting on a big show of being a responsible leader with very little action to back it up. Someone who puts up the front of being an enlightened ruler who defends the conscience of law, but has only a hazy understanding of what that law means.

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    • Replies: @Mikhail
    Ilyin might sympathize with Putin on the belief that the latter has limits in terms of what can be reasonably done.

    Another great 19th century conservative Russian thinker:

    https://orientalreview.org/2015/06/21/pobedonostsev-personalist-populist-perennialist-patriot-peacenik/
    , @German_reader

    You should really read up on him
     
    Do you have recommendations what I should read by/about him?
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  • @Китайский дурак
    The fundamental question for Russia in 21st century is: survival of nation and civilization, in the face of deliberate attacks from a western elite which has ceased to be rational or competent, period.

    Nitpicking about genetic DNA, memorized quarrels over textbooks in Lithuania or Tartarstan, ignorant small minded oprobriums against Mr. Dugin, mask but do not manage a conceal a fundamental inadequacy and smallness of intellect.

    And Solzhenitsyn, an great man, epic chronicler of Soviet tragedies, and a fool limited by his fatal, forgivable, and fortunately not life long provincialism in outlook. He was right, and wrong. He did great harm to his people and his motherland. And he would have readily owned up to this bit of repentance himself, because in the end, he was a man with a noble soul. The article’ lavish quoting of Solzhenitsyn’s totally unrealistic and dreamy proposal without adding a somber footnote was also lamentable.

    One may scratch his head till blood comes out, but he won’t be able to understand what ‘great harm’ did Solzhenitsyn do to his people and motherland? The disparaging of Solzhenitsyn is a purely ‘Western’ affair. They hate him.

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    As do many, if not most, if not all sovoks.
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  • @Michael Kenny
    What’s being described here is the slow but inevitable collapse of the Russian Empire. The Russian Federation is now the last of the “white man’s empires” and it’s hard to imagine that it won’t go the way of all the other European empires. Naturally, the dominant colonial ethnicity, which, almost by definition, sees itself as a master race, is trying to hang on. The British, French and Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish empires went through the same process and that’s to say nothing of “intra-European” colonialism which persists in certain European states, not least the Russian Federation itself. Thus, what we learn is that Russians are just a typically European people, doing the typically European things that all Europeans do. Even the “Russian v European” argument is typically European. We all see our continent as “us v them”. We are unique but all the others are clones of each other and, naturally, are ganging up on us! When a European country suffers a major defeat, you always get a revisionist about 15 – 20 years down the road who wants to return to the status quo ante, to “make X great again”, to borrow a phrase. Germany had Hitler, France had De Gaulle, England (and I say “England” advisedly) had Thatcher and Russia has Putin. For Hitler, it was the 1918 defeat, for De Gaulle, it was the 1940 defeat, for Thatcher, it was the loss of the world’s largest empire and for Putin, it’s the collapse of the Soviet Union. Thus, the good news is that Putin is just a perfectly normal and typically European passing phenomenon. The bad news is that if he continues to use military force, he will bring down a second, far more devastating, defeat on his own country, as Hitler did.
    By the way, the author’s claims about Ukraine are totally false and Russians make up only about 1/3 of Transnistria’s population.
    And, of course, I’d still love to know what a mere translator feels the need to conceal their identity.

    ‘Europe’ is waiting for the ‘inevitable collapse’ of Russia (not of Russian so-called ‘Empire’) since Batu-Khan. It must be recognized that Europe had a formidable patience and it will exercise it for a long time to come.

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  • Churchill was a bought and paid for gambling drunk.
    He insisted on war because the people that owned him wanted it that way.
    He is the most evil corrupt monster to have ever walked this earth.
    He is responsible for more deaths than anyone else. Ever.

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  • @Mikhail
    Once again, Ilyin lived in the West. I don't believe he was anti-Western. One can like the opposite sex, while not seeking to become that sex. Ilyin opposed the anti-Russian influences evident in the West.

    An example is how a good number in the West seem to think think that the history of Poland and Russia is analogous to Ireland and Britain. Ireland never came close to threatening Britain in the way Poland has threatened Russia.

    As Communism was collapsing, there was a sincere popular pro-Western orientation in Russia. That changed on account of the kind of Western robber baron types that left a bad impression in Russia, as well as hypocritically biased actions which included the bombing of Yugoslavia and preachy neocon-neolib manner on how Russia should behave in Chechnya and in its "near abroad" (former Soviet republics). Downplayed in that condescension, is the fault-lines of the Gamsakkurdias, Saakashvilis, Yushchenkos, Dudayevs and Maskhadovs.

    Once again noting that the West shouldn't be strictly viewed as neocon to neolib to flat out anti-Russian leaning preferences.

    As Communism was collapsing, there was a sincere popular pro-Western orientation in Russia. That changed on account of the kind of Western robber baron types that left a bad impression in Russia, as well as hypocritically biased actions which included the bombing of Yugoslavia and preachy neocon-neolib manner on how Russia should behave in Chechnya and in its “near abroad” (former Soviet republics). Downplayed in that condescension, is the fault-lines of the Gamsakkurdias, Saakashvilis, Yushchenkos, Dudayevs and Maskhadovs.

    Yes, that view seems pretty accurate to me, as I wrote I attribute the major part of the blame for the present state of Russian-Western relations to Western policy-makers.
    I just took issue with some of Ilyin’s statements that seemed too black-and-white to me. But since I haven’t really read any of his works, I’m obviously not really qualified to judge his thought in all its intricacies.

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    You should really read up on him, Ilyin was one of the great conservative philosophers of the 20th century. As others had mentioned, he was no Eurasianist but rather someone who tried to balance what he felt was the best of the European legal tradition with the potential and challenges of modernity.

    In so far as Putin quoting him, that seems to be related to Putin's own belief that he is following in the course of Ilyin's "Third Way" for Russia that combines respect for national tradition with caution towards liberal democracy, while denouncing despotism and total centralization of power.

    Personally, I think Ilyin would hate what Russia has become. He would accuse Putin of putting on a big show of being a responsible leader with very little action to back it up. Someone who puts up the front of being an enlightened ruler who defends the conscience of law, but has only a hazy understanding of what that law means.
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  • @Rich
    A true prophet. Looking like it might be too late for Britain, now. I see they have a homosexual Hindu as Prime Minister across the Irish Sea and the childless Mrs May isn't going to do anything to stop the inflow to her country. When will King Arthur return?

    “When will King Arthur return?” It will not return because of Derbyshire. Derbyshire was still an English subject when Powell gave his speech. Derbyshire could have started or participated in movements to stop the invasion of England. But what did he do? He imported himself to the USA. Then, he imported a brown Chinese woman and had Chinese offspring with her. The now American Chinese woman and Chinese daughter voted for Obama. Derbyshire is partial to Ivanhoe. His son will never be an Ivanhoe. He is infamous for his “The Talk” article. Obviously, he did not have the talk with his Chinese wife and daughter. And if he did, they ignored him. When Derbyshire lived in England, it was still a Christian country. Now he is an atheist and he wrote in article that he does understand Christians. He will help his pagan Chinese wife with her pagan ancestor worship rituals. Maybe Derbyshire doesn’t like the speech because of his Chinese family. He’s just trying to get shekels in his tincup so he scribbles nonsense like this.

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  • @anonymous
    Strenuously criticizing Jews -- even going to the pains of NAMING the nefarious evil-doer Jews, even those "many Jews [who] have attributes that are less than admirable," -- is WRONG, "insane," per Realist,

    but the reason "Jews . . .are allowed . . . to get away with all the nefarious things you don’t like" is that "gentiles are fucked-up dickheads . . .assholes [who] are off your meds…..insane."

    The metaphysical certitude one takes from Realist's rants is that realism rejects rationality.

    The metaphysical certitude one takes from Realist’s rants is that realism rejects rationality.

    Anonymous[107],

    Ya — it’s sad – what grade do you think he is in?

    Think Peace — Art

    p.s. He probably gets high marks in yeshiva hate Gentiles class.

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  • @German_reader

    how close to 100,000 Poles joined Napoleon in his attack on Russia
     
    Well yes, but Poles would probably say this was a reaction to Russia having been a driving force behind the dismemberment of the Polish Commonwealth.
    I obviously can't claim to know and understand Ilyin's thought and all its details, but in some ways it seems a bit like a mirror image of Western Russophobes to me...the West as an eternally unchanging monolith, relentless in aggressive hostility against Holy Russia. Viewing conflict between Russia and the West in such civilizational, almost metaphysical terms (the religious imprint on Ilyin's thought seems very strong) is pretty dangerous imo.

    Once again, Ilyin lived in the West. I don’t believe he was anti-Western. One can like the opposite sex, while not seeking to become that sex. Ilyin opposed the anti-Russian influences evident in the West.

    An example is how a good number in the West seem to think think that the history of Poland and Russia is analogous to Ireland and Britain. Ireland never came close to threatening Britain in the way Poland has threatened Russia.

    As Communism was collapsing, there was a sincere popular pro-Western orientation in Russia. That changed on account of the kind of Western robber baron types that left a bad impression in Russia, as well as hypocritically biased actions which included the bombing of Yugoslavia and preachy neocon-neolib manner on how Russia should behave in Chechnya and in its “near abroad” (former Soviet republics). Downplayed in that condescension, is the fault-lines of the Gamsakkurdias, Saakashvilis, Yushchenkos, Dudayevs and Maskhadovs.

    Once again noting that the West shouldn’t be strictly viewed as neocon to neolib to flat out anti-Russian leaning preferences.

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    As Communism was collapsing, there was a sincere popular pro-Western orientation in Russia. That changed on account of the kind of Western robber baron types that left a bad impression in Russia, as well as hypocritically biased actions which included the bombing of Yugoslavia and preachy neocon-neolib manner on how Russia should behave in Chechnya and in its “near abroad” (former Soviet republics). Downplayed in that condescension, is the fault-lines of the Gamsakkurdias, Saakashvilis, Yushchenkos, Dudayevs and Maskhadovs.
     
    Yes, that view seems pretty accurate to me, as I wrote I attribute the major part of the blame for the present state of Russian-Western relations to Western policy-makers.
    I just took issue with some of Ilyin's statements that seemed too black-and-white to me. But since I haven't really read any of his works, I'm obviously not really qualified to judge his thought in all its intricacies.
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  • @Realist
    You're a weird little fuck.

    You’re a weird little fuck.

    Realist — shame on you – does your mommy know you use those words — Art

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  • @anony-mouse
    And yet:

    1/ Lots of people here are big supporters of Jez, who will bring in lots more non-British into Britain (don't blame him-they'll vote for him).

    2/ Lots of people here oppose May who is in the middle of a 'scandal' caused by her governments' relatively higher immigration controls:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5639999/Hundreds-people-protest-against-Windrush-scandal-Brixton.html

    The square was renamed after the Empire Windrush ship, which carried settlers from Jamaica to England in 1948, to celebrate the contribution of the African Caribbean communities to the area.

    How do we get from there to rude demands for gimmethats?

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  • anonymous[107] • Disclaimer says:

    Jimmy Dore interviews Carla Ortiz on Syria/White Helmets:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCu8mNC1JyE&feature=youtu.be&a=

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  • anonymous[107] • Disclaimer says:
    @Art

    There is a cult of hatred for all things Jewish here. It is true that many Jews have attributes that are less than admirable, but many of you assholes are off your meds…..insane.
    As I have said who the fuck allows Jews to get away with all the nefarious things you don’t like?
    It’s gentiles….you dickheads. Gentiles vastly outnumber Jews
     
    My o my - this "Realist" guy is going bonkers - easy boy - you are going to blow a gasket.

    Accept the truth of Jew wrong doing - Jesus said "the truth will set you free."

    You do not have to live in consent fear - you can be free. Try it!

    One look at evil little Israel and its killer life force and we can see that we are on the right side of history.

    We are happy in our idealism. You are always to be angry and sad. Poor you.

    Think Peace --- Do No Harm --- Maintain Hope --- Art

    Strenuously criticizing Jews — even going to the pains of NAMING the nefarious evil-doer Jews, even those “many Jews [who] have attributes that are less than admirable,” — is WRONG, “insane,” per Realist,

    but the reason “Jews . . .are allowed . . . to get away with all the nefarious things you don’t like” is that “gentiles are fucked-up dickheads . . .assholes [who] are off your meds…..insane.”

    The metaphysical certitude one takes from Realist’s rants is that realism rejects rationality.

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    The metaphysical certitude one takes from Realist’s rants is that realism rejects rationality.

    Anonymous[107],

    Ya -- it's sad - what grade do you think he is in?

    Think Peace --- Art

    p.s. He probably gets high marks in yeshiva hate Gentiles class.
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  • @Art

    There is a cult of hatred for all things Jewish here. It is true that many Jews have attributes that are less than admirable, but many of you assholes are off your meds…..insane.
    As I have said who the fuck allows Jews to get away with all the nefarious things you don’t like?
    It’s gentiles….you dickheads. Gentiles vastly outnumber Jews
     
    My o my - this "Realist" guy is going bonkers - easy boy - you are going to blow a gasket.

    Accept the truth of Jew wrong doing - Jesus said "the truth will set you free."

    You do not have to live in consent fear - you can be free. Try it!

    One look at evil little Israel and its killer life force and we can see that we are on the right side of history.

    We are happy in our idealism. You are always to be angry and sad. Poor you.

    Think Peace --- Do No Harm --- Maintain Hope --- Art

    You’re a weird little fuck.

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    You’re a weird little fuck.

    Realist --- shame on you - does your mommy know you use those words --- Art
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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Mikhail
    Russians had good reason to fear Poland, given its imperialist activity in the mid 1500s thru early part of the 1600s and how close to 100,000 Poles joined Napoleon in his attack on Russia - an especially high number back then.

    Western liberals shouldn't be confused with the West at large.

    Ilyin doesn't seem like he'd strongly disagree that

    - WW I was unnecessary
    - with the Russian government not prosecuting that war in an effective manner.

    WW I essentially strengthened the Nazi and Communist movements which he didn't support.

    how close to 100,000 Poles joined Napoleon in his attack on Russia

    Well yes, but Poles would probably say this was a reaction to Russia having been a driving force behind the dismemberment of the Polish Commonwealth.
    I obviously can’t claim to know and understand Ilyin’s thought and all its details, but in some ways it seems a bit like a mirror image of Western Russophobes to me…the West as an eternally unchanging monolith, relentless in aggressive hostility against Holy Russia. Viewing conflict between Russia and the West in such civilizational, almost metaphysical terms (the religious imprint on Ilyin’s thought seems very strong) is pretty dangerous imo.

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    Once again, Ilyin lived in the West. I don't believe he was anti-Western. One can like the opposite sex, while not seeking to become that sex. Ilyin opposed the anti-Russian influences evident in the West.

    An example is how a good number in the West seem to think think that the history of Poland and Russia is analogous to Ireland and Britain. Ireland never came close to threatening Britain in the way Poland has threatened Russia.

    As Communism was collapsing, there was a sincere popular pro-Western orientation in Russia. That changed on account of the kind of Western robber baron types that left a bad impression in Russia, as well as hypocritically biased actions which included the bombing of Yugoslavia and preachy neocon-neolib manner on how Russia should behave in Chechnya and in its "near abroad" (former Soviet republics). Downplayed in that condescension, is the fault-lines of the Gamsakkurdias, Saakashvilis, Yushchenkos, Dudayevs and Maskhadovs.

    Once again noting that the West shouldn't be strictly viewed as neocon to neolib to flat out anti-Russian leaning preferences.
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  • @German_reader

    What’s the other part of the story? That Russia is partly to blame?
     
    I was referring primarily to history. National-minded Poles had good reason to resent Tsarist Russia (and Germany) in the 19th/early 20th century. Western liberals in the 19th century had good reason to dislike Russia, because its role as the gendarme of European reaction was quite real at times.
    I also find some of Ilyin's statements in the quote above extremely one-sided...like "dragging Russia into destructive wars at inconvenient times", as if Russia had had no agency of her own and was just subject to Western machinations. Well, one of the most destructive wars (not least for old Russia) was WW1, and imo Russian elites were far from innocent in bringing about that catastrophe.
    However, these are mostly historical issues now. Regarding the last 30 years, I'd actually agree that the overwhelming blame for the deterioration of Russian-Western relations lies with the Western powers, primarily the triumphalist Americans with their exceptionalist delusions, and secondarily their European satraps who are unable to present an alternative model for constructive relations with Russia.

    Russians had good reason to fear Poland, given its imperialist activity in the mid 1500s thru early part of the 1600s and how close to 100,000 Poles joined Napoleon in his attack on Russia – an especially high number back then.

    Western liberals shouldn’t be confused with the West at large.

    Ilyin doesn’t seem like he’d strongly disagree that

    - WW I was unnecessary
    - with the Russian government not prosecuting that war in an effective manner.

    WW I essentially strengthened the Nazi and Communist movements which he didn’t support.

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    how close to 100,000 Poles joined Napoleon in his attack on Russia
     
    Well yes, but Poles would probably say this was a reaction to Russia having been a driving force behind the dismemberment of the Polish Commonwealth.
    I obviously can't claim to know and understand Ilyin's thought and all its details, but in some ways it seems a bit like a mirror image of Western Russophobes to me...the West as an eternally unchanging monolith, relentless in aggressive hostility against Holy Russia. Viewing conflict between Russia and the West in such civilizational, almost metaphysical terms (the religious imprint on Ilyin's thought seems very strong) is pretty dangerous imo.
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  • @Cold N. Holefield
    By virtue of providing Billing for Tucker Carlson, you have discredited yourself as someone who is objective.

    a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective.
     
    Yeah, sure, if you say so. This statement reads to me as follows.

    a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective and give equal weight or full weight to Russian Propaganda versus Western Propaganda..
     

    I’m understandably not alone in negatively assessing your input here.

    On Russia and some other issues, Tucker Carlson has been far more objective than what’s evident at CNN and MSNBC, as well as much of Fox News.

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    On Russia and some other issues, Tucker Carlson has been far more objective than what’s evident at CNN and MSNBC, as well as much of Fox News.
     
    Tucker Carlson is a Sanctimonious Arch Conservative Prick. What he and his ilk may give with one hand they take back double with the other.

    If you need him as Authority to support your argument, you've already lost your argument. If you don't need him as Authority to support your argument and lend weight to it, then don't give him Billing.

    Who in The West do you really think you're appealing to with this Poor Pious Russia Bullshit?

    I'll tell you who.

    People Like This

    FYI, I can find Russian Writers who speak as equally abysmally of Russia as this author speaks glowingly of it. Russia, like any other Country, is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, but IT OWNS THAT and no author gets to place the blame for Russia's shortcomings, and it has many, on anyone or anything else but Russia itself.

    The author of the New York Review of Books article I linked to mentions how Putin's recruiting of Ilyin to legitimate his Potemkin Kleptocratic Government is rather ironic when you consider Ilyin's opinion of The Soviet Union and The Communists. But Putin's shrewd and since no one is left in Russia to challenge Putin on his Bullshit, he's able to shamelessly contain Ilyin & Stalin & The Soviets under his Deranged Propaganda Umbrella where Russia, not America, is that Shiing City on the Hill.

    Breaking News!!

    There is no Shining City on the Hill.
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  • @Mikhail

    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it’s not the whole story.
     
    What's the other part of the story? That Russia is partly to blame?

    I'm reminded of Sam Kiley, who is now CNN's man in Moscow.

    Sam Kiley has a noticeably Anglo-centric, anti-Russian bias, which is quite collapsible.

    Within a 24 hour period last week, Kiley said that Russia's:

    - reaching out to the US was an attempt to drive division between Washington and London
    - emphasis on international law in Syria is hypocritical, because of Moscow's "annexation" (reunification) with Crimea.

    Actually, the Trump administration has expressed a willingness to seek better ties with the Kremlin. How sincere that statement is and whether such will happen is another story. There's a basis for improved US-Russian ties, which has NOTHING to do with trying to screw the UK.

    In reply to Kiley, it can be counter-claimed that Theresa May, Boris Johnson and some others in the UK, seek to thwart attempts at improved Russia-West ties.

    As for Crimea, Kiley doesn't note the hypocrisy in bashing Russia over that area, when compared to how the likes of Christiane Amanpour and himself (relative to Crimea) don't mention the severing of Kosovo from Serbia and the comparative lack of a fuss made over Turkey's position in northern Cyprus.

    I sense what Amanpour and Kiley might say in reply and in turn have a valid counter-reply to their likely follow-up - the type of discourse typically lacking in the "free press".

    This morning Kiley and the US based CNN host Natalie Allen (a hack) clearly favored the idea that the Syrian government did launch a chemical attack, with Russia and the Syrian government casting doubt thru misinformation. Never mind the numerous non-Russian Western sources noting otherwise.

    In short, it's inaccurate to cast the likes of Kiley and Allen as the West. Their clout relates to this piece:

    https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/theatre-syrien/

    What’s the other part of the story? That Russia is partly to blame?

    I was referring primarily to history. National-minded Poles had good reason to resent Tsarist Russia (and Germany) in the 19th/early 20th century. Western liberals in the 19th century had good reason to dislike Russia, because its role as the gendarme of European reaction was quite real at times.
    I also find some of Ilyin’s statements in the quote above extremely one-sided…like “dragging Russia into destructive wars at inconvenient times”, as if Russia had had no agency of her own and was just subject to Western machinations. Well, one of the most destructive wars (not least for old Russia) was WW1, and imo Russian elites were far from innocent in bringing about that catastrophe.
    However, these are mostly historical issues now. Regarding the last 30 years, I’d actually agree that the overwhelming blame for the deterioration of Russian-Western relations lies with the Western powers, primarily the triumphalist Americans with their exceptionalist delusions, and secondarily their European satraps who are unable to present an alternative model for constructive relations with Russia.

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    Russians had good reason to fear Poland, given its imperialist activity in the mid 1500s thru early part of the 1600s and how close to 100,000 Poles joined Napoleon in his attack on Russia - an especially high number back then.

    Western liberals shouldn't be confused with the West at large.

    Ilyin doesn't seem like he'd strongly disagree that

    - WW I was unnecessary
    - with the Russian government not prosecuting that war in an effective manner.

    WW I essentially strengthened the Nazi and Communist movements which he didn't support.
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  • @Mikhail
    Despite all of the hypocritically arrogant and ignorant biases predominate against Russia in the West, a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective.

    Tucker Carlson isn't alone. A good number of mainstream Americans and other Westerners (who aren't so reared on establishment elite prejudices) are willing to consider such an approach.

    By virtue of providing Billing for Tucker Carlson, you have discredited yourself as someone who is objective.

    a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective.

    Yeah, sure, if you say so. This statement reads to me as follows.

    a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective and give equal weight or full weight to Russian Propaganda versus Western Propaganda..

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    I'm understandably not alone in negatively assessing your input here.

    On Russia and some other issues, Tucker Carlson has been far more objective than what's evident at CNN and MSNBC, as well as much of Fox News.
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  • @German_reader
    Ok, you seem to know a lot more about him than me (are you actually Russian yourself?).
    From the quotes you cited above it still seems like an extremely one-sided, maybe even paranoid interpretation of history. By selective choice of materials you could write much the same about many other countries (certainly about Germany).
    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it's not the whole story.

    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it’s not the whole story.

    What’s the other part of the story? That Russia is partly to blame?

    I’m reminded of Sam Kiley, who is now CNN’s man in Moscow.

    Sam Kiley has a noticeably Anglo-centric, anti-Russian bias, which is quite collapsible.

    Within a 24 hour period last week, Kiley said that Russia’s:

    - reaching out to the US was an attempt to drive division between Washington and London
    - emphasis on international law in Syria is hypocritical, because of Moscow’s “annexation” (reunification) with Crimea.

    Actually, the Trump administration has expressed a willingness to seek better ties with the Kremlin. How sincere that statement is and whether such will happen is another story. There’s a basis for improved US-Russian ties, which has NOTHING to do with trying to screw the UK.

    In reply to Kiley, it can be counter-claimed that Theresa May, Boris Johnson and some others in the UK, seek to thwart attempts at improved Russia-West ties.

    As for Crimea, Kiley doesn’t note the hypocrisy in bashing Russia over that area, when compared to how the likes of Christiane Amanpour and himself (relative to Crimea) don’t mention the severing of Kosovo from Serbia and the comparative lack of a fuss made over Turkey’s position in northern Cyprus.

    I sense what Amanpour and Kiley might say in reply and in turn have a valid counter-reply to their likely follow-up – the type of discourse typically lacking in the “free press”.

    This morning Kiley and the US based CNN host Natalie Allen (a hack) clearly favored the idea that the Syrian government did launch a chemical attack, with Russia and the Syrian government casting doubt thru misinformation. Never mind the numerous non-Russian Western sources noting otherwise.

    In short, it’s inaccurate to cast the likes of Kiley and Allen as the West. Their clout relates to this piece:

    https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/theatre-syrien/

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    What’s the other part of the story? That Russia is partly to blame?
     
    I was referring primarily to history. National-minded Poles had good reason to resent Tsarist Russia (and Germany) in the 19th/early 20th century. Western liberals in the 19th century had good reason to dislike Russia, because its role as the gendarme of European reaction was quite real at times.
    I also find some of Ilyin's statements in the quote above extremely one-sided...like "dragging Russia into destructive wars at inconvenient times", as if Russia had had no agency of her own and was just subject to Western machinations. Well, one of the most destructive wars (not least for old Russia) was WW1, and imo Russian elites were far from innocent in bringing about that catastrophe.
    However, these are mostly historical issues now. Regarding the last 30 years, I'd actually agree that the overwhelming blame for the deterioration of Russian-Western relations lies with the Western powers, primarily the triumphalist Americans with their exceptionalist delusions, and secondarily their European satraps who are unable to present an alternative model for constructive relations with Russia.
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  • @Mitleser
    Names are holy, your language is not.
    I do not intend to make my English flawless.

    Schreiben First, Bedenken Second

    Names are holy, your language is not.

    Obviously, by virtue of this comment, you are yourself very much an Ilyinist whether you’re witting to it or not. Ilyin describes you perfectly.

    Names derive from language so your Arrogant Statement implies that Cyrillic is Holy by virtue of your assertion that names derived from it are Holy. The second half of your statement cements your Superiority Complex.

    Let me know if my “Demonic Constructions” are making you and Mother Russia sick, and if so I’ll ease up a bit so you can recover your Former Glory.

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  • @Realist

    For The Giraldi Family adults here @ U.R.
     
    There is a cult of hatred for all things Jewish here. It is true that many Jews have attributes that are less than admirable, but many of you assholes are off your meds.....insane.
    As I have said who the fuck allows Jews to get away with all the nefarious things you don't like?
    It's gentiles....you dickheads. Gentiles vastly outnumber Jews

    There is a cult of hatred for all things Jewish here. It is true that many Jews have attributes that are less than admirable, but many of you assholes are off your meds…..insane.
    As I have said who the fuck allows Jews to get away with all the nefarious things you don’t like?
    It’s gentiles….you dickheads. Gentiles vastly outnumber Jews

    My o my – this “Realist” guy is going bonkers – easy boy – you are going to blow a gasket.

    Accept the truth of Jew wrong doing – Jesus said “the truth will set you free.”

    You do not have to live in consent fear – you can be free. Try it!

    One look at evil little Israel and its killer life force and we can see that we are on the right side of history.

    We are happy in our idealism. You are always to be angry and sad. Poor you.

    Think Peace — Do No Harm — Maintain Hope — Art

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    You're a weird little fuck.
    , @anonymous
    Strenuously criticizing Jews -- even going to the pains of NAMING the nefarious evil-doer Jews, even those "many Jews [who] have attributes that are less than admirable," -- is WRONG, "insane," per Realist,

    but the reason "Jews . . .are allowed . . . to get away with all the nefarious things you don’t like" is that "gentiles are fucked-up dickheads . . .assholes [who] are off your meds…..insane."

    The metaphysical certitude one takes from Realist's rants is that realism rejects rationality.
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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Mitleser
    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.

    Secondly, his "strong anti-Western bent" is just a recognition of the reality of Western hostility against Russia.

    Wherever we Russian national émigrés are dispersed we should remember that other peoples do not know us and do not understand us, that they fear Russia, do not sympathize with it and are happy to seek it weakened it every way.
     

    Europe’s fundamental attitude to Russia is that it is an enigmatic, semi-barbaric ‘void’; it needs to be ‘evangelized’ or converted to Catholicism, ‘colonized’ (literally) and civilized; if necessary, it can and should be used for trade and for Western European objectives and intrigues; nevertheless, it is always necessary to weaken it. How?

    By dragging it at an inconvenient moment into destructive wars; by not allowing it access to the seas; if possible, by dismembering it into small states; if possible, by reducing its population (for instance, by supporting Bolshevik terror, which was the policy of Germany from 1917 to 1938); if possible, by sowing revolution and civil war (as in China); and then by installing international agents in Russia, by stubbornly imposing Western European forms of republicanism, democracy, and federalism which the Russian people cannot stand, by political and diplomatically isolating it, but insistently exposing its ‘imperialism’, its imaginary ‘reactionary nature’, its ‘lack of culture’ and its ‘aggression’.

    We should all understand this and never forget it. Not in order to respond to our enemy with hatred, but in order to accurately predict events and not to surrender to the sentimental illusions so characteristic of the Russian soul.

    We need sobriety and vigilance.

    There are peoples, states, governments, churches, secret organizations, and individuals who are hostile to Russia, particularly Orthodox Russia, and even more Imperial, undivided Russia. Just as there are ‘Anglophobes’, ‘Germanophobes’, and ‘Japanophobes’, the world has an abundance of ‘Russophobes’, enemies of national Russia, who have promised themselves to crush it, humiliate it, and weaken it. We must never forget this.

    Consequently, we must vigilantly and soberly measure whomsoever we speak to and whomsoever we address, by measure of his sympathy and intentions with regard to a united, national Russia, and should not expect any salvation from the conqueror, any help from the partitioner, any sympathy and understanding from the religious seducer, any goodwill from the destroyer, or any truth from the slanderer.

    Politics is the art of knowing your enemy and rendering him harmless. Whoever is unable to do this should stay out of politics.
     
    Translation of Against Russia (1948) - https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/against-russia/

    Love of country was a central part of his philosophy. Russians he felt, should put Russian interests first. This contrasted with the internationalist philosophy of the communists. Furthermore, every nation, Ilyin said, should develop in its own way. Thus the West had no right to tell Russians how to run their own country; conditions in Russia weren’t the same as in the West. ‘Western Europe, which doesn’t know Russia, has not the slightest basis for imposing any political forms whatsoever on us,’ Ilyin declared.
     
    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/putins-philosopher/

    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound
     
    About the real-existing Russia, sure.
    But not about Ilyin and his writing.

    Despite all of the hypocritically arrogant and ignorant biases predominate against Russia in the West, a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective.

    Tucker Carlson isn’t alone. A good number of mainstream Americans and other Westerners (who aren’t so reared on establishment elite prejudices) are willing to consider such an approach.

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    By virtue of providing Billing for Tucker Carlson, you have discredited yourself as someone who is objective.

    a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective.
     
    Yeah, sure, if you say so. This statement reads to me as follows.

    a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective and give equal weight or full weight to Russian Propaganda versus Western Propaganda..
     
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  • @German_reader
    Some conservative/nationalist Russian philosopher of strong anti-Western bent from the early 20th century. Putin is supposedly a fan of him and quotes him occasionally.
    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn't get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound...but given our pressing issues, this can only be a minor concern.

    I wouldn’t characterize Ilyin as anti-Western. He lived in the West, which he preferred over the USSR. There’re conservative Western monarchists.

    If alive today, Ilyin would undoubtedly oppose modern day neocons and neolibs, who shouldn’t be confused with the West at large.

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  • @deschutes
    "I just hope the American people aren’t that gullible and stupid."

    Well, they are. And as the author points out, America's Israel-first Zionists have for decades now bribed, shmoozed and bought their way with all the key players in the top positions of government and military–or occupy these positions outright. Wolfowitz under GW's regime; Bolton now back; pro-Israeli journos like Goldberg, Kreuthammer, Friedman, the list is endless. Adelson. AIPAC owns congress, face it.

    We're fucked. There is no stopping them. Get ready for a major conflagration: WWIII will begin with Syria, then Iran. Russia/China/Iran vs USA NATO.

    Get your kicks now, 'cause the whole shithouse is going up in flames.

    “….bribed, shmoozed and bought their way….”

    Don’t forget blackmailed …. which is exactly why Bloody Gina is in line for CIA Director. Her vulnerability is priceless.

    But why the fatalism? What’s your racket? Here at Unz, such a defeatist surrender is interpreted as treason or hasbara.

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  • @Mr. Hack
    But that doesn't square at all with your preposterous statement:

    He can be used as a punching bag example for anti-Russian leaning advocates – never minding the more objectively intelligent pro-Russian take, that’s not as easy to refute and is (let’s face it) downplayed for that very reason.
     
    which implies that anybody critical of Kholomogorov or his opinions is somehow less 'objectively intelligent' than somebody that isn't critical of him. Ridiculous!

    (or perhaps, your statement really is just another 'Averkoism', impossible to understand and fraught with structural peculiarities?)...

    But that doesn’t square at all with your preposterous statement:

    “He can be used as a punching bag example for anti-Russian leaning advocates – never minding the more objectively intelligent pro-Russian take, that’s not as easy to refute and is (let’s face it) downplayed for that very reason.”

    which implies that anybody critical of Kholomogorov or his opinions is somehow less ‘objectively intelligent’ than somebody that isn’t critical of him. Ridiculous!

    You once again fail to accurately comprehend what was clearly presented and followed up on.

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  • @Mitleser
    Names are holy, your language is not.
    I do not intend to make my English flawless.

    Schreiben First, Bedenken Second

    Schreiben First, Bedenken Second

    lol, nice one…thanks for making me laugh!

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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • @Corvinus
    "But the real issue should have been “They have their homelands, and we have ours."

    Asking for a white friend--What happens when the majority of white people, by exercising their freedom of association, designate their homelands also include non-white people and they have the liberty to mix with them? Consider that a number of white homelands, most notably the United States, had been invaded by Europeans, with the indigenous folks jackbooted into submission?

    Is America today the some people, the same polity, the same nation, as it was it 1500?

    Jackass.

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    Answer the question rather than go all SJW.
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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Cold N. Holefield

    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.
     
    Second off, it's off, not "of". Two can play that childish game.

    Names are holy, your language is not.
    I do not intend to make my English flawless.

    Schreiben First, Bedenken Second

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    Schreiben First, Bedenken Second
     
    lol, nice one...thanks for making me laugh!
    , @Cold N. Holefield

    Names are holy, your language is not.
     
    Obviously, by virtue of this comment, you are yourself very much an Ilyinist whether you're witting to it or not. Ilyin describes you perfectly.

    Names derive from language so your Arrogant Statement implies that Cyrillic is Holy by virtue of your assertion that names derived from it are Holy. The second half of your statement cements your Superiority Complex.

    Let me know if my "Demonic Constructions" are making you and Mother Russia sick, and if so I'll ease up a bit so you can recover your Former Glory.
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  • In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled "Whose War?" in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention to disarm him. Buchanan rightly identified a number of prominent Jewish officials and journalists closely tied to the...
  • @RobinG
    At least...

    Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week after Priti Patel was forced to step down as international development secretary.


    The minister quit after being summoned back from a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia by Downing Street after it emerged she failed to be candid with May about 14 unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers, businesspeople and a senior lobbyist.
     
    Priti Patel forced to resign over unofficial meetings with Israelis
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/08/priti-patel-forced-to-resign-over-unofficial-meetings-with-israelis

    Priti Patel forced to resign over unofficial meetings with Israelis

    From the article: Six days of revelations about Patel’s meetings dominated headlines. On Monday it emerged that she had spoken to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in August in a meeting that May did not know about and with no officials present. Thirteen meetings were held in the presence of Lord Polak, an experienced Tory lobbyist.

    RobinG,

    Lord Polak is a Jew, active in Brit/Israeli politics. This is a major deal causing May much trouble. All of Britain knows that there is a Jew dual loyalty problem in their country. The Jews run a shadow state in Britain. Everyone knows it.

    Pro-Palestinian Labor leader – Jeremy Corbyn – is going to come to power in Britain. The Jew have politically failed at getting rid of him.

    It is going to happen. The world turns.

    Think Peace — Art

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  • For elaboration, see this comment from another thread.

    https://www.unz.com/plang/the-neocons-are-selling-koolaid-again/#comment-2299601

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  • @Mitleser
    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.

    Secondly, his "strong anti-Western bent" is just a recognition of the reality of Western hostility against Russia.

    Wherever we Russian national émigrés are dispersed we should remember that other peoples do not know us and do not understand us, that they fear Russia, do not sympathize with it and are happy to seek it weakened it every way.
     

    Europe’s fundamental attitude to Russia is that it is an enigmatic, semi-barbaric ‘void’; it needs to be ‘evangelized’ or converted to Catholicism, ‘colonized’ (literally) and civilized; if necessary, it can and should be used for trade and for Western European objectives and intrigues; nevertheless, it is always necessary to weaken it. How?

    By dragging it at an inconvenient moment into destructive wars; by not allowing it access to the seas; if possible, by dismembering it into small states; if possible, by reducing its population (for instance, by supporting Bolshevik terror, which was the policy of Germany from 1917 to 1938); if possible, by sowing revolution and civil war (as in China); and then by installing international agents in Russia, by stubbornly imposing Western European forms of republicanism, democracy, and federalism which the Russian people cannot stand, by political and diplomatically isolating it, but insistently exposing its ‘imperialism’, its imaginary ‘reactionary nature’, its ‘lack of culture’ and its ‘aggression’.

    We should all understand this and never forget it. Not in order to respond to our enemy with hatred, but in order to accurately predict events and not to surrender to the sentimental illusions so characteristic of the Russian soul.

    We need sobriety and vigilance.

    There are peoples, states, governments, churches, secret organizations, and individuals who are hostile to Russia, particularly Orthodox Russia, and even more Imperial, undivided Russia. Just as there are ‘Anglophobes’, ‘Germanophobes’, and ‘Japanophobes’, the world has an abundance of ‘Russophobes’, enemies of national Russia, who have promised themselves to crush it, humiliate it, and weaken it. We must never forget this.

    Consequently, we must vigilantly and soberly measure whomsoever we speak to and whomsoever we address, by measure of his sympathy and intentions with regard to a united, national Russia, and should not expect any salvation from the conqueror, any help from the partitioner, any sympathy and understanding from the religious seducer, any goodwill from the destroyer, or any truth from the slanderer.

    Politics is the art of knowing your enemy and rendering him harmless. Whoever is unable to do this should stay out of politics.
     
    Translation of Against Russia (1948) - https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/against-russia/

    Love of country was a central part of his philosophy. Russians he felt, should put Russian interests first. This contrasted with the internationalist philosophy of the communists. Furthermore, every nation, Ilyin said, should develop in its own way. Thus the West had no right to tell Russians how to run their own country; conditions in Russia weren’t the same as in the West. ‘Western Europe, which doesn’t know Russia, has not the slightest basis for imposing any political forms whatsoever on us,’ Ilyin declared.
     
    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/putins-philosopher/

    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound
     
    About the real-existing Russia, sure.
    But not about Ilyin and his writing.

    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.

    Second off, it’s off, not “of“. Two can play that childish game.

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    Names are holy, your language is not.
    I do not intend to make my English flawless.

    Schreiben First, Bedenken Second
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  • @German_reader
    Ok, you seem to know a lot more about him than me (are you actually Russian yourself?).
    From the quotes you cited above it still seems like an extremely one-sided, maybe even paranoid interpretation of history. By selective choice of materials you could write much the same about many other countries (certainly about Germany).
    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it's not the whole story.

    Previous to my comment, he knew nothing about Ivan Ilyin (sorry I screwed up his name earlier and accidentally typed an extra “l”). How do we know? Because he said “Who?”. Now he’s an Expert. He’s a Quick Learner, I’ll give him that.

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    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    I have read almost all of Ilyin's postwar articles and can state confidently that you're full of shi- American MSM op-eds. (From the same people who also think that Dugin is Putin's favorite "philosopher").
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  • Much of the Western world just honored the millions of soldiers fallen in the two world wars. But we also need to look beyond postwar myths and understand the tragic political mistakes that sent these soldiers to die in wars that might have been avoided. In his powerful new book, Hitler, Churchill and the Unnecessary...
  • A few good thoughts here and there, but a very inaccurate summary of events in total.

    ” so seduced by “Uncle Joe” Stalin, they handed half of Europe to the Soviet Union.”

    That’s just ridiculous.

    Russia defeated Germany, full stop. That’s why they call WWII the Great Fatherland War.

    Who on earth was going to order Stalin and his then massive and victorious Red Army to stop at a certain border? The wise thing to do was accommodate to some degree and try to keep amicable relations for future, which is what was done.

    America’s contribution seems large to Americans, but in the scheme of things, it was rather marginal.

    I too am no friend of Churchill. His contribution was to start the bombing of cities before Hitler. Churchill was a brutal man who had little sense of Britain’s place in the world anymore and thought nothing of killing large numbers of civilians. After all, it was his same point of view as holding on to the Empire – that is, big tough Britain machine-guns and bombs huge numbers of people, as he did.

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  • In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled "Whose War?" in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an armed intervention to disarm him. Buchanan rightly identified a number of prominent Jewish officials and journalists closely tied to the...
  • @Ben_C
    This war has gone on long enough.

    I don't think the American people are on board with putting hundreds of thousands of "boots on the ground" in Syria to take out Assad...which is what it would take to complete such an "operation" of 'taking out Assad'.

    I know the Israelis aren't publicly willing to put "boots on the ground"...for virtually anything outside of Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

    How many Israeli "boots" were officially "on the ground" in Iraq?

    Going to war with Syria is not going to be easy. This would be a lot worse than Iraq...it would even be worse than Vietnam. This kind of "operation" would not only be catastrophic for the US, the American people, and the US economy, it could literally lead to a WWIII type situation.

    I just hope the American people aren't that gullible and stupid.

    “I just hope the American people aren’t that gullible and stupid.”

    Well, they are. And as the author points out, America’s Israel-first Zionists have for decades now bribed, shmoozed and bought their way with all the key players in the top positions of government and military–or occupy these positions outright. Wolfowitz under GW’s regime; Bolton now back; pro-Israeli journos like Goldberg, Kreuthammer, Friedman, the list is endless. Adelson. AIPAC owns congress, face it.

    We’re fucked. There is no stopping them. Get ready for a major conflagration: WWIII will begin with Syria, then Iran. Russia/China/Iran vs USA NATO.

    Get your kicks now, ’cause the whole shithouse is going up in flames.

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    "....bribed, shmoozed and bought their way...."

    Don't forget blackmailed .... which is exactly why Bloody Gina is in line for CIA Director. Her vulnerability is priceless.

    But why the fatalism? What's your racket? Here at Unz, such a defeatist surrender is interpreted as treason or hasbara.
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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @German_reader
    Ok, you seem to know a lot more about him than me (are you actually Russian yourself?).
    From the quotes you cited above it still seems like an extremely one-sided, maybe even paranoid interpretation of history. By selective choice of materials you could write much the same about many other countries (certainly about Germany).
    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it's not the whole story.

    German with Russian background.

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  • @Mitleser
    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.

    Secondly, his "strong anti-Western bent" is just a recognition of the reality of Western hostility against Russia.

    Wherever we Russian national émigrés are dispersed we should remember that other peoples do not know us and do not understand us, that they fear Russia, do not sympathize with it and are happy to seek it weakened it every way.
     

    Europe’s fundamental attitude to Russia is that it is an enigmatic, semi-barbaric ‘void’; it needs to be ‘evangelized’ or converted to Catholicism, ‘colonized’ (literally) and civilized; if necessary, it can and should be used for trade and for Western European objectives and intrigues; nevertheless, it is always necessary to weaken it. How?

    By dragging it at an inconvenient moment into destructive wars; by not allowing it access to the seas; if possible, by dismembering it into small states; if possible, by reducing its population (for instance, by supporting Bolshevik terror, which was the policy of Germany from 1917 to 1938); if possible, by sowing revolution and civil war (as in China); and then by installing international agents in Russia, by stubbornly imposing Western European forms of republicanism, democracy, and federalism which the Russian people cannot stand, by political and diplomatically isolating it, but insistently exposing its ‘imperialism’, its imaginary ‘reactionary nature’, its ‘lack of culture’ and its ‘aggression’.

    We should all understand this and never forget it. Not in order to respond to our enemy with hatred, but in order to accurately predict events and not to surrender to the sentimental illusions so characteristic of the Russian soul.

    We need sobriety and vigilance.

    There are peoples, states, governments, churches, secret organizations, and individuals who are hostile to Russia, particularly Orthodox Russia, and even more Imperial, undivided Russia. Just as there are ‘Anglophobes’, ‘Germanophobes’, and ‘Japanophobes’, the world has an abundance of ‘Russophobes’, enemies of national Russia, who have promised themselves to crush it, humiliate it, and weaken it. We must never forget this.

    Consequently, we must vigilantly and soberly measure whomsoever we speak to and whomsoever we address, by measure of his sympathy and intentions with regard to a united, national Russia, and should not expect any salvation from the conqueror, any help from the partitioner, any sympathy and understanding from the religious seducer, any goodwill from the destroyer, or any truth from the slanderer.

    Politics is the art of knowing your enemy and rendering him harmless. Whoever is unable to do this should stay out of politics.
     
    Translation of Against Russia (1948) - https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/against-russia/

    Love of country was a central part of his philosophy. Russians he felt, should put Russian interests first. This contrasted with the internationalist philosophy of the communists. Furthermore, every nation, Ilyin said, should develop in its own way. Thus the West had no right to tell Russians how to run their own country; conditions in Russia weren’t the same as in the West. ‘Western Europe, which doesn’t know Russia, has not the slightest basis for imposing any political forms whatsoever on us,’ Ilyin declared.
     
    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/putins-philosopher/

    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound
     
    About the real-existing Russia, sure.
    But not about Ilyin and his writing.

    Ok, you seem to know a lot more about him than me (are you actually Russian yourself?).
    From the quotes you cited above it still seems like an extremely one-sided, maybe even paranoid interpretation of history. By selective choice of materials you could write much the same about many other countries (certainly about Germany).
    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it’s not the whole story.

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    German with Russian background.
    , @Cold N. Holefield
    Previous to my comment, he knew nothing about Ivan Ilyin (sorry I screwed up his name earlier and accidentally typed an extra "l"). How do we know? Because he said "Who?". Now he's an Expert. He's a Quick Learner, I'll give him that.
    , @Mikhail

    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it’s not the whole story.
     
    What's the other part of the story? That Russia is partly to blame?

    I'm reminded of Sam Kiley, who is now CNN's man in Moscow.

    Sam Kiley has a noticeably Anglo-centric, anti-Russian bias, which is quite collapsible.

    Within a 24 hour period last week, Kiley said that Russia's:

    - reaching out to the US was an attempt to drive division between Washington and London
    - emphasis on international law in Syria is hypocritical, because of Moscow's "annexation" (reunification) with Crimea.

    Actually, the Trump administration has expressed a willingness to seek better ties with the Kremlin. How sincere that statement is and whether such will happen is another story. There's a basis for improved US-Russian ties, which has NOTHING to do with trying to screw the UK.

    In reply to Kiley, it can be counter-claimed that Theresa May, Boris Johnson and some others in the UK, seek to thwart attempts at improved Russia-West ties.

    As for Crimea, Kiley doesn't note the hypocrisy in bashing Russia over that area, when compared to how the likes of Christiane Amanpour and himself (relative to Crimea) don't mention the severing of Kosovo from Serbia and the comparative lack of a fuss made over Turkey's position in northern Cyprus.

    I sense what Amanpour and Kiley might say in reply and in turn have a valid counter-reply to their likely follow-up - the type of discourse typically lacking in the "free press".

    This morning Kiley and the US based CNN host Natalie Allen (a hack) clearly favored the idea that the Syrian government did launch a chemical attack, with Russia and the Syrian government casting doubt thru misinformation. Never mind the numerous non-Russian Western sources noting otherwise.

    In short, it's inaccurate to cast the likes of Kiley and Allen as the West. Their clout relates to this piece:

    https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/theatre-syrien/
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    He was against Soviet expansionist and repeatedly condemned its occupation of Eastern Europe.

    To be sure, he had cynical views about Western policies towards Russia - does anyone here even disagree? - which was however enough to transform him into "Putin's Fascist Philosopher" in the American MSM.
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  • @German_reader
    Some conservative/nationalist Russian philosopher of strong anti-Western bent from the early 20th century. Putin is supposedly a fan of him and quotes him occasionally.
    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn't get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound...but given our pressing issues, this can only be a minor concern.

    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.

    Secondly, his “strong anti-Western bent” is just a recognition of the reality of Western hostility against Russia.

    Wherever we Russian national émigrés are dispersed we should remember that other peoples do not know us and do not understand us, that they fear Russia, do not sympathize with it and are happy to seek it weakened it every way.

    Europe’s fundamental attitude to Russia is that it is an enigmatic, semi-barbaric ‘void’; it needs to be ‘evangelized’ or converted to Catholicism, ‘colonized’ (literally) and civilized; if necessary, it can and should be used for trade and for Western European objectives and intrigues; nevertheless, it is always necessary to weaken it. How?

    By dragging it at an inconvenient moment into destructive wars; by not allowing it access to the seas; if possible, by dismembering it into small states; if possible, by reducing its population (for instance, by supporting Bolshevik terror, which was the policy of Germany from 1917 to 1938); if possible, by sowing revolution and civil war (as in China); and then by installing international agents in Russia, by stubbornly imposing Western European forms of republicanism, democracy, and federalism which the Russian people cannot stand, by political and diplomatically isolating it, but insistently exposing its ‘imperialism’, its imaginary ‘reactionary nature’, its ‘lack of culture’ and its ‘aggression’.

    We should all understand this and never forget it. Not in order to respond to our enemy with hatred, but in order to accurately predict events and not to surrender to the sentimental illusions so characteristic of the Russian soul.

    We need sobriety and vigilance.

    There are peoples, states, governments, churches, secret organizations, and individuals who are hostile to Russia, particularly Orthodox Russia, and even more Imperial, undivided Russia. Just as there are ‘Anglophobes’, ‘Germanophobes’, and ‘Japanophobes’, the world has an abundance of ‘Russophobes’, enemies of national Russia, who have promised themselves to crush it, humiliate it, and weaken it. We must never forget this.

    Consequently, we must vigilantly and soberly measure whomsoever we speak to and whomsoever we address, by measure of his sympathy and intentions with regard to a united, national Russia, and should not expect any salvation from the conqueror, any help from the partitioner, any sympathy and understanding from the religious seducer, any goodwill from the destroyer, or any truth from the slanderer.

    Politics is the art of knowing your enemy and rendering him harmless. Whoever is unable to do this should stay out of politics.

    Translation of Against Russia (1948) – https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/against-russia/

    Love of country was a central part of his philosophy. Russians he felt, should put Russian interests first. This contrasted with the internationalist philosophy of the communists. Furthermore, every nation, Ilyin said, should develop in its own way. Thus the West had no right to tell Russians how to run their own country; conditions in Russia weren’t the same as in the West. ‘Western Europe, which doesn’t know Russia, has not the slightest basis for imposing any political forms whatsoever on us,’ Ilyin declared.

    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/putins-philosopher/

    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound

    About the real-existing Russia, sure.
    But not about Ilyin and his writing.

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    Ok, you seem to know a lot more about him than me (are you actually Russian yourself?).
    From the quotes you cited above it still seems like an extremely one-sided, maybe even paranoid interpretation of history. By selective choice of materials you could write much the same about many other countries (certainly about Germany).
    Western hostility to Russia is often real and a problem (certainly true today), but it's not the whole story.
    , @Cold N. Holefield

    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.
     
    Second off, it's off, not "of". Two can play that childish game.
    , @Mikhail
    Despite all of the hypocritically arrogant and ignorant biases predominate against Russia in the West, a good number of mainstream Russians still seek good Russia-West relations, on the premise that the West en masse will get more objective.

    Tucker Carlson isn't alone. A good number of mainstream Americans and other Westerners (who aren't so reared on establishment elite prejudices) are willing to consider such an approach.
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  • Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits...
  • @Anon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NskBM0fCUA


    Where Powell was wrong was to argue on the basis that mass immigration-invasion will lead to violence. Maybe or maybe not. But the real issue should have been "They have their homelands, and we have ours." So, even if rivers of blood don't materialize, the rivers of mud will. Even if the New Order is peaceful, Britain will no longer belong to the British.

    “But the real issue should have been “They have their homelands, and we have ours.”

    Asking for a white friend–What happens when the majority of white people, by exercising their freedom of association, designate their homelands also include non-white people and they have the liberty to mix with them? Consider that a number of white homelands, most notably the United States, had been invaded by Europeans, with the indigenous folks jackbooted into submission?

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    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    Is America today the some people, the same polity, the same nation, as it was it 1500?

    Jackass.
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    Where Powell was wrong was to argue on the basis that mass immigration-invasion will lead to violence. Maybe or maybe not. But the real issue should have been “They have their homelands, and we have ours.” So, even if rivers of blood don’t materialize, the rivers of mud will. Even if the New Order is peaceful, Britain will no longer belong to the British.

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    "But the real issue should have been “They have their homelands, and we have ours."

    Asking for a white friend--What happens when the majority of white people, by exercising their freedom of association, designate their homelands also include non-white people and they have the liberty to mix with them? Consider that a number of white homelands, most notably the United States, had been invaded by Europeans, with the indigenous folks jackbooted into submission?
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  • The latest in our series of translations of Russian national-conservative intellectual Egor Kholmogorov. For the first part, see: Russians in the 2oth Century. Part I: Origins to WWII. Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, this is unfortunately doubly true in Russia. If you have enjoyed our translations of him, a...
  • @Greasy William
    I'm lost

    Check his blog. He’s almost certainly mentally ill.

    He probably can’t bang 8s or even 6s.

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  • @Mitleser
    What are you talking about?

    >Ivan Illyin

    Who?

    Some conservative/nationalist Russian philosopher of strong anti-Western bent from the early 20th century. Putin is supposedly a fan of him and quotes him occasionally.
    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound…but given our pressing issues, this can only be a minor concern.

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    • Replies: @Mitleser
    First of, his name is Ivan Ilyin.

    Secondly, his "strong anti-Western bent" is just a recognition of the reality of Western hostility against Russia.

    Wherever we Russian national émigrés are dispersed we should remember that other peoples do not know us and do not understand us, that they fear Russia, do not sympathize with it and are happy to seek it weakened it every way.
     

    Europe’s fundamental attitude to Russia is that it is an enigmatic, semi-barbaric ‘void’; it needs to be ‘evangelized’ or converted to Catholicism, ‘colonized’ (literally) and civilized; if necessary, it can and should be used for trade and for Western European objectives and intrigues; nevertheless, it is always necessary to weaken it. How?

    By dragging it at an inconvenient moment into destructive wars; by not allowing it access to the seas; if possible, by dismembering it into small states; if possible, by reducing its population (for instance, by supporting Bolshevik terror, which was the policy of Germany from 1917 to 1938); if possible, by sowing revolution and civil war (as in China); and then by installing international agents in Russia, by stubbornly imposing Western European forms of republicanism, democracy, and federalism which the Russian people cannot stand, by political and diplomatically isolating it, but insistently exposing its ‘imperialism’, its imaginary ‘reactionary nature’, its ‘lack of culture’ and its ‘aggression’.

    We should all understand this and never forget it. Not in order to respond to our enemy with hatred, but in order to accurately predict events and not to surrender to the sentimental illusions so characteristic of the Russian soul.

    We need sobriety and vigilance.

    There are peoples, states, governments, churches, secret organizations, and individuals who are hostile to Russia, particularly Orthodox Russia, and even more Imperial, undivided Russia. Just as there are ‘Anglophobes’, ‘Germanophobes’, and ‘Japanophobes’, the world has an abundance of ‘Russophobes’, enemies of national Russia, who have promised themselves to crush it, humiliate it, and weaken it. We must never forget this.

    Consequently, we must vigilantly and soberly measure whomsoever we speak to and whomsoever we address, by measure of his sympathy and intentions with regard to a united, national Russia, and should not expect any salvation from the conqueror, any help from the partitioner, any sympathy and understanding from the religious seducer, any goodwill from the destroyer, or any truth from the slanderer.

    Politics is the art of knowing your enemy and rendering him harmless. Whoever is unable to do this should stay out of politics.
     
    Translation of Against Russia (1948) - https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/against-russia/

    Love of country was a central part of his philosophy. Russians he felt, should put Russian interests first. This contrasted with the internationalist philosophy of the communists. Furthermore, every nation, Ilyin said, should develop in its own way. Thus the West had no right to tell Russians how to run their own country; conditions in Russia weren’t the same as in the West. ‘Western Europe, which doesn’t know Russia, has not the slightest basis for imposing any political forms whatsoever on us,’ Ilyin declared.
     
    https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/putins-philosopher/

    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound
     
    About the real-existing Russia, sure.
    But not about Ilyin and his writing.
    , @Mikhail
    I wouldn't characterize Ilyin as anti-Western. He lived in the West, which he preferred over the USSR. There're conservative Western monarchists.

    If alive today, Ilyin would undoubtedly oppose modern day neocons and neolibs, who shouldn't be confused with the West at large.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    A view which also completely fails to correlate with what Ilyin actually wrote.
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  • @Cold N. Holefield
    The author could have just as easily been Ivan Illyin, because Illyin couldn't have said it better himself.

    For you in The West subscribing to this Self-Righteous Mythological Nonsense, you are a Demonic Construction that must be eliminated, in case you don't know. As part of that process, The Illyinists will pretend to be your friend in your fight with The Western Establishment just as The Imams & Mullahs pretended to be friends with The Left in their Common Struggle to depose The Shah. Today, there effectively is no Left (yes, once upon a time there was a significant Marxist/Communist presence in Iran) left (haha) in Iran. The Religious Theocracy has all but eliminated The Left in Iran, something even The Shah, ruthless as he was, could not accomplish.

    Ponder that. If you were to succeed in your struggle against The Western Establishment with substantial aid from the Illyinists, you will be no more within a few short years of accomplishing your goal.

    A Struggle not done effectively and for the right reasons is not only doomed to fail but it will also destroy you and your aspirations in the process.

    Choose your Bedfellows carefully.

    I’m lost

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    Check his blog. He's almost certainly mentally ill.

    He probably can't bang 8s or even 6s.
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  • @Cold N. Holefield
    The author could have just as easily been Ivan Illyin, because Illyin couldn't have said it better himself.

    For you in The West subscribing to this Self-Righteous Mythological Nonsense, you are a Demonic Construction that must be eliminated, in case you don't know. As part of that process, The Illyinists will pretend to be your friend in your fight with The Western Establishment just as The Imams & Mullahs pretended to be friends with The Left in their Common Struggle to depose The Shah. Today, there effectively is no Left (yes, once upon a time there was a significant Marxist/Communist presence in Iran) left (haha) in Iran. The Religious Theocracy has all but eliminated The Left in Iran, something even The Shah, ruthless as he was, could not accomplish.

    Ponder that. If you were to succeed in your struggle against The Western Establishment with substantial aid from the Illyinists, you will be no more within a few short years of accomplishing your goal.

    A Struggle not done effectively and for the right reasons is not only doomed to fail but it will also destroy you and your aspirations in the process.

    Choose your Bedfellows carefully.

    What are you talking about?

    >Ivan Illyin

    Who?

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    • Replies: @German_reader
    Some conservative/nationalist Russian philosopher of strong anti-Western bent from the early 20th century. Putin is supposedly a fan of him and quotes him occasionally.
    Basic advice that Western dissidents shouldn't get too enthusiastic about Russia is probably sound...but given our pressing issues, this can only be a minor concern.
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