annatar1914 wrote:What is the eschatological dimension of the Bolshevik Revolution? If one had asked Leon Bloy, one might perhaps been horrified of his answer, as much as he hated with a supernatural hatred the Bourgeoisie. In this their age, after the Great Patriotic War, even greatness in Evil has been exiled from history.
Too much has been written of Communism's ''Satanism'', when the modern exponents of real Satanism express approval of Ayn Rand and Max Stirner, Friedrich Neitzsche and his acolytes. When rather perhaps something can be written of Socialism/Communism as the impatience and despair at waiting for the Kingdom of Heaven, and wanting to seize it with, it is true, considerable violence and bear it away....
And now not even that is left, for the most part.
Much to think about on my sabbatical from the computer and social media, which I'm taking a break from for about a month. I've got a reading list to focus my thoughts on though, including poetry;
1. J.K. Huysmans
2. Leon Bloy
3. Alexander Blok
4. Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Blaise Pascal
6. Henri Gregoire
7. John Milton
8. Soren Kirkegaard
9. Joseph de Maistre
10. Holy Scripture
@Victoribus Spolia and @Political Interest
Well, I'm a few days shy of completing my break from PoFo posting, which I did not completely do in any case, lol. But it's alright, i'm willing to re-enter the fray.
The situation as it stands for me, upon reflection, calls for a more precise public definition of ''Freedom'' to be laid out to fill in the observable gaps in my political philosophy.
To be more exact, there is actually more internal structure to my thinking than one might grasp from my more recent posts;
1. At it's core is a fundamental embrace of the teachings of the Orthodox Fathers, particularly the Scythian Monks, Blessed Augustine of Hippo, St. Fulgentius of Ruspe and St. Prosper of Aquitaine, in that I hold to a Deterministic Compatibilism as far as people's liberty is concerned. Politically this has led me to regard the sad truth that indeed man must be made to be ''happy'' and ''good'' in the social sense, if there is to be any progress or civilization at all. Willing quite freely to will what we are compelled to will, ''Liberty'' is in fact the absence of exterior compulsion from creatures and creation in general, nothing more or less, to carry out or not carry out moral actions. Most will evil, and will it continually, being swept hither and yon by the tides of our disordered passions, leading us to sin, and sin quite willfully, without the countering effects of God's life of grace
Such a society composed of the beings which we certainly are, must have at it's basis restraints for the common good of all, to force us to live together in peace, otherwise we would exterminate each other in our greed and selfishness in short order (which is really what we are doing for the most part worldwide right now). And so at this stage of human civilization and moving forwards from the present organization of productive forces, the best system for progress and civilization is in my opinion, Socialism/Communism. Not the godless evolutionary optimism of the Marxist-Leninist, oh no, but equally deterministic in my own way, it is realism about human nature drawn from Scripture and the Fathers of the Orthodox Christian Faith (particularly in the West before the Schism of 1054 AD), from which I set my foundation.
2. Another element which has increasingly been a factor in the development of my political thought has been a sharp turn towards Personalist rather than inorganic Statist structures, possessing these following traits;
Orthodox Autocracy/the Third Rome. This is not Romanov era ''Tsarism'', but the form of government which prevailed in Holy Russia from 1453 AD to 1653 AD, two centuries in which the Land and was owned personally by the Tsar by grace of God, to do with as he pleased (albeit informed spiritually by Orthodoxy) and distributed for use by every strata of society in a manner he deigned to organize. An example of this would be the division of Russia into lands held by the Boyars and the lands held collectively by the Oprichnina during the reign of Tsar Ivan Grozny...
Not too far from the ''Tsar and the Soviets'' of Alexander Kazim-Bek and his Mladorossi in the 1920's and 1930's
Is this universally applicable? I believe that far from being paradoxical nonsense it has the virtue of being the form of society best suited for a man's peaceful existence and the best suited for his eternal salvation, if carried out in Christian love. Not Reaction, not Revolution.
So, in my opinion, ''Tsar and the Soviets'' is not some grotesque aberration but the reflection of the feeling that Autocracy and Soviet Democracy, People and Tsar, being able to mutually reinforce and protect the other from selfish and innately centripetal forces...
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.