On Sept. 1, 1939, 70 years ago, the German Army crossed the Polish frontier.
On Sept. 3, Britain declared war.
Six years later, 50 million Christians and Jews had perished. Britain was
broken and bankrupt, Germany a smoldering ruin. Europe had served as the
site of the most murderous combat known to man, and civilians had suffered
worse horrors than the soldiers.
By May 1945, Red Army hordes occupied all the great capitals of Central
Europe: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Berlin. A hundred million Christians were
under the heel of the most barbarous tyranny in history: the Bolshevik regime
of the greatest terrorist of them all, Joseph Stalin.
What cause could justify such sacrifices?
Patrick J. Buchanan, Did Hitler Want War? (2009)
Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. His research agenda centers around ethnic nationalism, Eurasianism and the Orthodox tradition as forms of rebellion against globalism. He has recently completed a lengthy book on the history of Ukrainian political thought from Mazepa to the present. Now, he is in the midst of a substantial book on nominalism and its condemnation by Patristic and Platonic authors. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999 as a recipient of the Sennen, as well as the Clare and Marguerite MacPhee Fellowships, focusing on anti-modernist social philosophy. His dissertation detailed the critique of Positivism from Michael Oakeshott and the British Hegelians. The central philosophical thesis running through all his philosophical work is that nominalism is the root ontological evil. It lies at the foundation of the 20th century and it is termed by Johnson as “the ontology of death.”
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