The simple fact is this. Communism isn't a refuge for illiberal reactionaries
Good thing that i'm looking for Truth and not 'a refuge for illiberal reactionaries'
, let alone a religious conservative and monarchist, no matter what weird shit is being combined in post-Soviet Russia.
If something is living and vital, even if it exists seemingly
as a paradoxical melange of ideas, than it can work towards a better future for all.
You are not even a left-wing nationalist nor someone in the vein of Pope Francis, you are just plain reactionary even by the standards of the liberal political center (meaning you would be the target of Jacobins, let alone reds).
I don't think so, but even if I were, so what? As long as i'm right, i'd rather be almost alone with truth than among many with falsehood.
Some sort of weird religious 'anti-capitalism' is not unusual, but lets not fool ourselves with a red aesthetic (because that's all it is)
Oh, I see what you think this is now; you automatically assumed that. So simply because I agree with the analysis of Marxism-Leninism it does not follow I support their tactics or strategy. And it's not 'weird' if it goes to the authenticity of the Christian Spirit. Christian Communism is what it is, and a Secular Communist party is what it is also. I'm in the Spirit of folks like Father Pavel Florensky
draped over hating modernity, secularism, and republicanism.
No, it's just part of the overall Christian critique of the Kairos, the Spirit of the Time, in which we live in. An authentic Orthodox Christian true to that prophetic vocation by virtue of their baptism and chrismation, will critique the 'structures of evil' and 'wickedness in high places' which exist in their time.
Just go full White Russian. The only reason it seems you aren't doing so is because the USSR has greater political capital. But sorry, it's not your political tradition to appropriate, thus my presence.
I'm not appropriating a political tradition, but coming into a spiritual one, as I wrote above.
If you insist on doing so, you only tarnish both of us. You have more in common with an Iranian Mullah than you ever will with even Brezhnev or Stalin, let alone communists today (who are far to the left of those two).
Hardly, the Iranian Mullahs are as Capitalist Bizaari as you can get. And modern 'Communists' have lost their way. There is a reason i'm posting this in 'Spirituality', after all.
I suggest you decide what's worth keeping and what's not about your political views, and either become some sort of left nationalist (e.g. Comrade Tim), a progressive Christian (think liberation theology, or Pope Francis), or just White Russian as mentioned (think Putin).
How about what I am, a 'Christian Communist'? If I happen to agree with the Marxists, albeit arriving at their conclusions in a differing manner it should be enough for anyone.... It seems 'Christian Communism' scares everyone to death, like Kryptonite to Superman. Dostyovsky thought as much too.
For the record, I am Slavic, baptized as Orthodox, and a Marxist.
For the record, I am part Slavic, baptized as Orthodox and remain as one, and agree with Marxists. If I reject anything, it is the idea that Atheism is integral to Communism, or Marxism, for that matter.
Look, I'm more interested in the Orthodox Christian Truth. It has led me to reject Racism, reject Slavery in all it's forms, reject Aristocracy, reject Capitalism, and much besides. I may even in the course of things reject Monarchy as Antichrist too, just like the Orthodox 'Old Believers' do. And Orthodoxy has caused me to embrace Communism in the heart of the most Capitalist country in the world. I'm going to lay out those steps, for myself if nothing else, that led me to this point.
I don't need a secular red aesthetic, hammers and sickles and the like. That's fine for Seculars I guess. I've got the Cross and Icons and the Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition that made me the Christian Communist Orthodox Christian that I am. I am what I am, and nothing else more or less. I'm not here for a popularity contest.
I'm not ashamed of anything, except my earlier beliefs when I happened to be wrong. I didn't write any of this for you, 'Conscript', I write it for me, to have courage and humility and strength in the face of scorn and laughter.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.