The Northmen’s War Against Civilization

By Todd Lewis

Amongst the inchoate movement of the New Right, Dark Enlightenment or Radical Right there is an element that emanates from the neo-pagan revival of the 1970s. This is not an attack on the foundations of Neo-Paganism par se, but a refutation of a certain polemic that has arisen in that quarter against Christians. Stephen McNallan, a practitioner of Asatru, argues that the Norse and Germanic civilizations, thriving and dynamic cultures who were creative and progressive, were destroyed by the Roman Catholic Church, whose imperial spirit was an extension of the Roman Caesars. The Viking raids are cast in the light of a belated response to the imperialist Church under the Pope, and the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne. He cites the Saxon wars and forcible conversion of Germans as the Munich moment, pardon the metaphor, for the Norse. The Viking raids, while a failure, were justifiable self-defense. The Church is further cast as a genocidal destroyer of culture and religion that sought to exterminate the pagans of the north and east.

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Contra Preston: Defender of the System?

By Todd Lewis

I was over at Attack the System (ATS) the other day and found Keith Preston’s disclaimer to an article, Why Evangelicals Worship Trump; the disclaimer being: “The evangelical/fundamentalist subculture in the US really is proof that P.T. Barnum was correct when he said a sucker is born every five minutes. When will they realize they’re on the losing end of the culture wars and embrace secession?” This got me thinking: for someone who advocates a system that has failed for over 4,000 years, I think he needs to rethink to whom P.T. Barnum is referring. Why doesn’t Mr. Preston and the ATS gang realize that anarchism will never work and just move on?

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The-Not-So-Dark Ages: Part Two

By Todd Lewis

In my previous essay, The Not So Dark Ages: Part One, I attempted to dispel certain myths and misconceptions about the relationship of the Church to science in the Medieval and Classical eras. There I focused primarily on the West. Here, I will focus mainly on the East. The atheist polemics nearly always deal with the Catholic church during this period. The fact that the Eastern Roman Empire, centered in Constantinople, and the Eastern Orthodox church, which also resided there, is so unknown as to not even be fodder for a polemic is a sign of the sad hand that Byzantium has been dealt by history. The Eastern Roman Empire survived for another thousand years after the fall of the Western Empire. I will henceforward refer to the Byzantine Empire as the Roman Empire, since the Byzantines themselves never saw themselves as anything other than Roman. I will not use the term “Eastern” either, since there was only one Roman Empire; even in 395 it had two joint emperors. It preserved much of the classical knowledge that was lost in the West, and in its final collapse the last line of ancient Romans fled to Italy, ultimately serving to develop and aid the nascent Renaissance of which we are so familiar.

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The Not-So-Dark Ages: Part One

By Todd Lewis

The causal modern perception of the Middle Ages is that of an age of superstition, loss of classical learning, and general backwardness. To quote Hegel, it was “smells and bells”. In the last half-century or so, this view has been most popularized by Carl Sagan in his smash-hit miniseries, Cosmos, and his book by the same name. The influence of Cosmos can also be seen in the 2009 movie Agora about the life of Hypatia, a female pagan scientist of the 4th century. He makes two rather ridiculous claims that under-gird this entire anti-Christian fanaticism as it pertains to modern perceptions of the Middle Ages; that (1) the ancient pagans were proto-scientists on the verge of a scientific revolution, and (2) that the knowledge-hating bigoted Christians both burned down the Great Library and murdered Hypatia for their hatred of science, rendering her a martyr for those who believed in the power of science. This is absurd and the truth lies beyond the ability of the mentally-challenged atheists who follow people like Carl Sagan. The Library was destroyed and rebuilt many times by Caesar in 48BC, Aeurlian in the 270s AD, the Serapium (a temple to the god Seriphus which contained some remnant of the Library, mostly magical texts) in 391 AD by Theodosius, and in 640 by Caliph Omar. The truth is that Hypatia was the sad victim of late Roman political intrigues and mob violence.

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An Introduction to the Origins of the First World War

By Todd Lewis

The dominant myth of the First World War is the myth of German war guilt. The allies, in a self-serving spirit in the 231st article of the Versailles Treaty, stated that:

“The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.”

Since that time countless court historians and self-seeking shills have repeated this pabulum. There are many aspects of this narrative that are in need of revision, but I will restrict myself to two points: (1) the naval arms race with Britain and (2) French Revanchism. In both cases I will show that it was not the Germans that escalated the conflict, but the French and British which rendered the war inevitable.

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Rethinking Christian Economics

By Todd Lewis

This paper will attempt to deal with an often under-discussed and misunderstood extension of the principle of Christian stewardship: Economics. Modern American Christians seem to espouse, whether implicitly or explicitly, one of three views on economics: 1) Laissez-faire Capitalism; 2) “Crony” Capitalism or 3) Socialism. Each of these economic models take modern economic systems and grafts Christianity onto them. They start with something else first and then add the Bible to it rather than grounding the systems upon the Bible itself. As in all world and life issues, the Christian is ought to ask first: What does the Bible say about this matter?

This paper is not exhaustive, as I have not dealt with all the possible formulations of Christian economics. Rather, I intend to bring central ideas to the reader’s attention and attempt to organize my thoughts on a hypothetical Christian economic order. In this paper, there are three main topics that I intend to cover: 1) Usury, 2) Distrubutism, and 3) Socialism. For transparency, I would like to inform the reader that I reject the first, have a qualified support for the second, and totally reject the third.

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Does Progressivism Grow Out of Protestantism?

By Todd Lewis

There is a general trend in certain circles, such as neoreaction or traditional Catholicism, to blame progressivism and all its ills on the Protestant Reformation. The best example of this is Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn Liberty Or Equality, followed by E. Michael Jones’ Libido Dominandi. The general claim is that after Protestantism decoupled itself from the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and adopted Puritanism, it gradually morphed into the Modernism we have today.

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Contra Parrott: The Emptiness of Third-Way Anthropology

By Todd Lewis

This will be a exercise in the reduction ad absurdum and a response to a couple of articles by Matt Parrott at Counter-Currents.com. Mr. Parrott wrote a review of the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate today, Weird Science: Liberal Creationism vs. Christian Creationism, and an earlier work Atheism Plus & the New Culture of Critique, I’ll talk about the two simultaneously.

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Is YHWH Incompatible with Libertarian Theory?

By Todd Lewis

The goal of this essay is to not prove the existence of God, but show that the most literal reading and understanding of YHWH in the Old Testament is not contrary to libertarianism. Before I can show this I need to first define terms. Libertarian in this essay is understood as voluntarism and based on the non-aggression axiom. Given that some skeptics for the sake of argument suppose God existed, then claim that if such a God existed he would be immoral based on their specific ethical system, I will attempt to meet them on their own terms.

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Contra Hanson: Righteousness in Mass Murder?

By Todd Lewis

I have followed Victor Davis Hanson’s warmongering propaganda for over ten years now, and the more I read and listen to him the more he seems to be a soulless, amoral Machiavellian, though that might be a slur to Machiavelli. I will limit my criticism to his infatuation with unconditional surrender and the historical lying he performs to justify it.

As we shall see below and from any cursory reading of his work, if one so chooses to read it, one is dumbfounded, by this so-called “classicist’s” tenuous grip on logic. He resorts to the most petty of Liberal/Communist smear-bund tactics calling people liars, Nazi sympathizers, racists and anti-Semites with no evidence, and spends most of his time engaging in the fallacies of red herring, ad hominem and strawman. For someone who boasts of his classical education, one wonders has he read Aristotle’s Organon?

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