Contra Parrott 2.0: Hitler Was A Modernist

By Todd Lewis

It seems clear that Matt Parrott has, like the Bourbons of old, “learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” It is clear that he did not bone-up on his critical thinking skills after that last encounter, though he had ample time to do so. As the saying goes: if you get flak, you are probably over the target. It is sad that there was more butt-hurt than logic in his response. I was hoping for something better. Clearly Mr. Parrott is responding to some other person named Todd Lewis, a creature of his own imagination. If you cut through the muddled thinking, he accuses me of being anti-white, which in reality is a WN form of signaling much akin to the SJWs. I’m not in his club. Big deal. In his words, “While his attack is directed at me, his purpose is to drive a wedge between identity and tradition.” This is the crux of his error. A logical and theological wedge was already in place from the outset of his scheme. I had nothing to do with it. The only missing piece was time, and when enough had passed, NPI slammed the door in his face. This really did happen. This was going to happen. Deal with it.

 

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Contra Traditional Youth Network: Christianity Cannot Be Hyphenated

By Todd Lewis

I’ve been following the Traditional Youth Network (TYN) for some time after my run-in with Matt Parrott over on Attack the System. For those who do not know Mr. Parrott, recall that he is Matthew Heimbach’s father in-law, and that I had exchanged a few words with Mr. Parrott over his comments on the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate here: https://praiseoffolly.wordpress.com/contra-parrott-the-emptiness-of-third-way-anthropology/ Brief introductions aside, this paper concerns the recent schism between White Nationalists at the National Policy Institute (NPI)  and white-nationalist-Christians (or is it Christian-white-nationalists?) over at TYN. I remember an article  where Clement, The Swiss Kinist, and myself were arguing with Scott Terry about the about the prudence of TYN’s strategy of collaborating with non-Christians. I think  this question is important, for what common ground, if any, can the traditionalist Christian movement have with the New Right, White Nationalists, etc? The answer, I think, is pretty obvious: nothing. I will explain why shortly.

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Towards a True Economic Third Position

By Todd Lewis

There are at present many efforts to create a third position in economics, most of which go from the spectrum of kooky voodoo economics such as Social Credit Theory on the right and Participatory economics on the left, and essentially socialists in third position clothing such as syndicalism and fascism. The goal of this essay is not to deconstruct these false third position models, but to offer a true third position. This will essentially be similar to distributism, though I have some objections to distributism as it is now popularly formulated. For more on that, see my essay “Rethinking Christian Economics.”

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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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