March For Our Inheritance

There are many parallels in Joshua 1 to what we’re experiencing today:

Joshua 1:

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it.

12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,

13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.

14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;

15 Until the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord‘s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.

16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.

17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the Lord thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.

18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.


So, what is the United States of America if not the land God gave to us?  Did we not come here to worship God?  Are we not here by God’s grace?  Did we not survive the voyage and harsh winters because He allowed it?  Did He not grant our struggling forefathers victory over England?  Did He not entrust them with the tools to fashion our inheritance into a republic, basing our rule of law on Judeo-Christians principals?   

If the answer to these questions is “yes,” bear with me a little longer.

This is the United States of America, folks.  God gave this land to us, and like Joshua, we are expected to fight for our inheritance.  

We have a Jericho within our midst.  Just like the city, it is surrounded by an impenetrable wall.  Behind its walls, are people who are plotting to destroy this country and rebuild it into something of their own making, for they have no god.  It grows like a cancer and it is evil.  Their tentacles run deep and are stifling our very way of life in an effort to snuff it out completely.  They have closed our churches and forced us into hiding.  Were it possible, they would burn this country to the ground and have said so many times.      

But God can be trusted. He has sent us a “commander of the army of the Lord” to deliver Jericho into our hands and we are His army.

All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go:   

National Prayer Rally Protest
Dec. 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Monomakhos will be leading the Orthodox effort.  More to follow.  See what might be going on in your state and send us pictures so we can upload them to the blog!


Prayer for our Country and our President, Donald J. Trump


Accept from us, Thine unworthy servants, this fervent supplication, and forgive us all our sins.

By Thine all-powerful might, mercifully deliver all of us, Thy Holy Church, and our Nation from every evil circumstance.

Free our homeland from all enemies, both visible and invisible and their power. Hearken unto the painful cry of Thy faithful servants who cry unto Thee day and night in tribulation and sorrow, O our most Merciful God, and lead our lives out of corruption.

Remember, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Thy Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in this land. May all Orthodox hierarchs, clergy, and laity fear Thee alone. From our midst, by the power of Thy Holy Spirit, quickly uproot and destroy all cowardice, faithlessness, hopelessness, political scheming, wanton ignorance, schism, and heresy. Grant peace and tranquility, love and steadfastness, abiding faith and piety, and swift reconciliation to Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy precious Blood.

O Lord, protect the integrity of the US Presidency, give wisdom and strength to President Donald J. Trump, the Supreme Court of our country, and our patriotic leaders in this terrible time of trouble, fraud, dishonesty, deceit, and forced conning, and harken unto the voice of the supplication of us sinners: expose and stop all corruption, all lies, all machinations, and all unseemly deeds treacherously designed against the stability of our country, our rightfully elected president, Donald J. Trump, and against the law-abiding and Truth-loving people of America. Forgive and bless President Donald J. Trump to lead our country for another four years against all enemies, domestic and foreign, and grant lasting peace and security to our United States of America, and have mercy on us all, for a merciful God art Thou, and the Lover of mankind, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen!

Processional Prayer

While processing the following are recommended to be sung or chanted:

+ Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal have Mercy on us.

+ Troparion to the Cross

O Lord save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; grant victory to Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by the virtue of Thy Cross preserve thy habitation.

+ Troparion and Kontakion of the day according to the traditional Church calendar

+ Troparia and Kontakia for the Saints of North America, (both as a group and individually) especially St. John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco.

Additional Appropriate Prayers:

Akathist, Canon, Supplicatory Canon, and/or Molieben of choice.

Especially consider:

Akathist to the Holy Archangel Michael

Akathist to St. George








  1. Will any of the ROCOR bishops be there?

    • Gail Sheppard says

      We’ll know more within the next few days.

      • It would be truly inspirational if ROCOR would take a stand on this and “take back” America. 
        I will check with my priest to see if he’s interested.

        It would be awesome if Metropolitan Jonah went since he’s already in the D.C. area.

        • Gail Sheppard says

          We know him. We have put in a call.

          • Well, my priest isn’t interested. It’s something about Russian Orthodox clergy marching for our inheritance and taking back America that doesn’t resonate well with him. He would rather just pray in church. Oh well.

            I still think it’s a good idea to show our public support for Donald Trump though.

  2. I’m sure Archbishop Elpidophoros will surely be there! 
    (insert sarcasm here) 

  3. Hi George, who are the Jericho March organizers/creators please?  

    Do you have an Orthodox priest to lead, etc?  It was wonderful to have Frs Seraphim x 2 and Fr Demetrios pray with us on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood some years ago, nothing finer!  The Processional Prayer sounds wonderful.

    First impressions and struggle:   I pray we “deserve” our “inheritance” but am struck by the difference in what the Elder Ephraim monasteries are counselling re humility and repentance in response to Christ’s anger (at us perhaps, the ones who “know”?) and this approach with capitalistic terms of ownership, inheritance,  and possession using the Bible. Yes, God gave us this land in the past, but what stewards have we (I!) been? Is the Lord telling us we own America?  I’m still sorting out the message.  

    On the other hand I would have no reservations about showing up to march peaceably insisting on fairness in all things as an American, especially for a fair election, and to march for life and freedom of speech and religion for both spiritual and physical protection of all citizens (which this is).   I would definitely march for that without qualms.

    Anyway would love to know more about the Jericho March originators (two of whom may be G & G, which would ease my mind considerably.)

    Thanks for letting me think aloud and glad for any thoughts.  Will check in again Monday.  Very glad you are doing what you believe in of course! 

    Kalo Paradiso! 

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Nicole, they are some very bright, organized people. The woman we are working with really knows her stuff. They have invited various contingents to circle the Capitol Building: Jewish, Anglican, Evangelical, Catholic, Orthodox, etc. Each will have speakers. In a few days they’re going to launch an app with all the details, including where we can stay and where we need to be. They are, of course, getting the permits they need and working with officials. I hope many of you will consider coming. I was surprised George and I were able to get tickets for around $325.

      We’re going to have someone from the Whitehouse greet us. It could be Trump! We don’t know. They’re going to have various production teams (10, I believe) so this will also be virtual. George and I have selected a speaker and are confirming other guest speakers that he will be introducing. – This is a ground up enterprise. The bishops are NOT running the show for any of the contingents. If invited to speak it is because of who they are.

      Look at Elder Ephraim’s admonishments as being directed at the bishops which is why we are to tell our spiritual fathers and “others”. Look at my post yesterday at 6:32 and tell me what you think.

    • Nicole, I had very similar thoughts reading the post. I struggle to believe we have somehow inherited this country in the sense I think I am reading, and I agree that in some ways I feel like we’ve gotten the outcome we deserved. We are “strangers in a strange land,” more than anything, I feel. 
      But I also agree that a peaceful assembly reinforcing our position as citizens regarding our right to practice our religion is both important and, in my opinion, should be pretty uncontroversial, especially considering the circumstances. 

  4. George and Gail,
    I am disappointed.
    I am afraid that you have swallowed the freemason propaganda hook, line, and sinker. America is not ancient Israel, this is not the promise land, and our leaders do not serve our Lord. Just look at the dollar bill to see which ‘God’ we trust. Just read our Founders ecumenist writings any time they speak about religion regardless of their personal faith. God allowed the Egyptians, Canaanites, and Mesopotamians to control Israel for hundreds of years. He even allowed pagan worship on holy ground. That does not mean He blessed it.
    Orthodox have peaceful processions (look at Montenegro and Ukraine). They fast. They pray. The build hospitals and orphanages for the broken (look at St. Elizabeth and modern Russia). They do not have ecumenical prayer groups. (and it is ecumenical in my book even if they are not ‘officially’ praying together). These political actions bring us down to the level of the Nike revolt under St. Justinian between the Greens and Blues. Our politics are no different than those horse races. Only the privileged ever win. 

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I’m sorry you’re disappointed. I’m sorry, too, that you, presumably an American citizen, don’t realize how blessed you are to live in this great nation of ours or how we came to be here.

      What sort of procession do you think this is going to be?! Usually, when church groups get together they do so peacefully.

      However, we are joining this group as patriots. Each faith has their own contingent. No one is going to be praying with anyone else. We are marching together; not praying together. There is nothing ecumenical about this. Next time, read up on the subject before you start spouting off about it.

      I wouldn’t worry that any of this is going to “bring you down.” You have already done that all by yourself.

      • Michael Bauman says

        Gail, as a monarchist, although not as committed as Misha, it is a real stretch for me to invest the type of energy and hope in the institutions and processes of this country when I see them as totally corrupt.
        Ben is not that off in his critique.  Deists and Masons clearly dominated the formation of this country and there were occult practices too.   There is a reason, a valid reason, there was an Anti-Masonic political party in the US at one time.
        If you have ever visited the Masonic Temple in Detroit you could see it more clearly.
        Just because they are underground and their public face is often the buffunary of the Shriners does not mean we can dismiss the reality.
        Plus a March on Washington is soooo 20th century. 

        I for one have been drained of them. Like, Ben says the energy they carry, if any, is easily diverted and/or coopted by evil.

        The walls came tumblin’ down for Joshua, for instance, because he was under annointed obedience to the One God. Ben has a point also regarding the mixed faith of the gathering.

        Sorry, the hierarchy here leads me to be suspicious. May God protect you and George.

        • Gail Sheppard says

          The role our forefathers played in our American experiment had nothing to do with their specific beliefs, anymore than my beliefs come into play when I’m leading a project.

          Their little “project” called the 13 colonies, that later became the United States of America, was a plan to make a specific vision a reality and to protect it in the future. The degree to which it met their personal needs was not at issue. Masonry would have survived one way of the other, as Freemasonry is not specific to America. (George used to be a mason so I don’t have to see a particular temple to “get it” but thank you for suggesting it.)

          So a march is soooo 20th century, huh? Interesting. I wonder if Joshua knew that. The walls came tumbling down at Jericho, not for Joshua, but because God said they would.

          Our little shindig is to awaken the hearts of the people to take some ownership of something that impacts them; to get involved. – Not at all a surprise that there will be more than a few who are not interested in investing the energy.

          • Michael Bauman says

            Gail, there is a clear difference to me between the march of Joshua and this march or any political march.  I tried to draw that distinction but failed.  
            The Masonic Temple in Detroit is both massive and still carries with it the demonic energy of the belief (or did when I was there).  That is why I mention it.   
            It is not easy to segregate one’s political and faith beliefs as you seem to think. Not to mention that if God is not with you, what is the point?  
            Test the spirits.  In your own heart and in the project itself.  
            Right now, it would take a true miracle of God to heal my body in a way that would allow me to attend even if I was powerfully inclined.  
            My prayer remains:  May God guide and protect George and you.   

          • I support the march, though I can’t attend.  I will see what is happening locally though. 

            The whole “freemansonry” thing is overdone.  Yes, membership is bad, but I don’t see the “zionist-freemasonry” conspiracy as determinative of much.

            I’m not a small “d” democrat, so the march means something different to me probably than to its proponents.  It’s more nationalist/patriotic than anything about supporting Western democracy as a political ideology.  It has to do with the rules/law and the social contract for me.  This is a major violation, indeed a refutation, of the social contract by the Dems.  “D” is not for democracy with them, it is for disinformation in the service of domination.  

            For me, this is a power struggle between Christians and atheists, pure and simple.  The form of government is irrelevant to me except that there has been an agreement in place called the Constitution and rejecting it is, in itself, a descent into a Hobbesian state of “Warre”.

            The other thing that is important is to avoid prayer with heretics and schismatics.  Marching is not prayer.  Intercommunion is much more than prayer.  Prayer is prayer, and one should not pray with those outside the church except if the Orthodox lead and the others join in, as in when they visit our churches.  God knows what they will say but their Christology is almost non-existent and we dare not give the impression of a common faith or pick up bad habits by osmosis.  Be careful how you sit with sinners.  If they pray, just remain silent without crossing oneself or saying “Amen”.

            • All: I am in accord with Gail. For whatever reason, the Good Lord planted us here in this country at this time for a specific purpose.  It would be churlish of us (who say we believe in Him) to not fight for our patrimony.
              It would be the height of ingratitude.  
              When God tells us to leave, we, shall go.  If it pleases Him to chastise us with an addle-brained hack who has access to the nuclear codes, then I will have to accept that as well.  Or persecution.

              • I’m putting this under a response to you George, so that no one will think I am accusing them specifically.
                God has created each of us as one of a kind, unique, never before seen, never duplicated or replicated.
                As members of the Body of Christ, God has given each of us a unique set of talents to use. He allows us free will in how we use these talents. 
                Let’s no keep someone else at the starting line of the race because we think they are wearing the wrong color shoelaces.

            • Gail Sheppard says

              Again, we are NOT praying with anyone.  The various contingents will be praying their own prayers.  If you look at OUR prayers, they are decidedly Orthodox.    

              • Yes, I c that.
                Godspeed.  As I said, I will be looking to see if there is anything in my area.  I have no transportation to get to DC.

  5. Marching is fine, by all means.  However, what is necessary in the moment is internal Republican party discipline.  

    Consider the fact that the only thing that can prevent Trump from being inaugurated is the will of these Republican legislators in the swing states.  It is beyond doubt that they have the power to direct electors to vote for the president, thus Trump wins.  And it is beyond doubt that they could send a separate delegation of Trump electors apart from any appointed automatically under the process in each of these states.  This would likely send things to the House to vote for the next president, and Trump wins that as well.

    And though it be raw power politics (though not as egregious in any sense as massive voter fraud, which is illegal) it is not even unprecedented in American history, though you have to go back to the 19th century to see these types of dynamics played out.  Last of all, it is perfectly legal, despite contrary assertions of the MSM.  Moreover, any attempts to prosecute it would surely end up in federal court where, eventually, the legislators would prevail.

    Seamless and perfect.

    I explain all this for this reason:  These state Republican legislators should not be allowed to f*ck this up.  It would be a cowardly act of complicity in this coup d’etat, treasonous even, though not in the Constitutional sense (you need a declared war for that).

    And those should be the explicit stakes made clear to them by their constituents and every Republican, every conservative and traditionalist and every loyal American.  We have a list of who they are.  We can identify them and their families.  I am suggesting nothing illegal or violent but rather the same medicine which the Left has been doling out.  

    They should be negatively sanctioned, them and their loved ones, in every legal way that can be managed if they sabotage this by inaction.  That is fully justified given the stakes and the actions of the other side given that all they have to do is their duty under the Constitution.  Dhimmitude must have a harsh cost in this instance. The only way to get cowards to do the right thing is to be scarier than the alternative.

    Party discipline in this instance needs to mean that they will be told that neither they, nor their families, nor their senior staff will be welcome in the Republican party and not be allowed any future in anything controlled by the party – at the national and, if possible, at the state level – so long as they live. This one would be considered a sin against the Holy Ghost.

    You want them to turn on one another within the state Republican parties to ensure they’re ruined indefinitely. They can switch to Democrats if they wish to behave as Democrats.

  6. Michael Bauman says

    My son has an interesting theory:  The US really started going down hill when Mr. Rogers died as he was the moral and ethical avatar for the country.  

  7. Pat Reardon says

    This march is inspired by Freemasonry?

  8. Your conflation of America with the historical People of God in your post is theologically bankrupt, and I would fear it borders on outright heresy. Aside from your political problems which threaten to firebomb the peaceful transfer of power (it is theoretically possible that Trump actually lost, isn’t it?), the pop-theology of your post is reminiscent of Evangelicalism at its worst and is unworthy of any Orthodox Christian. The historical People of God cannot be conflated with modern political Israel and certainly not with America. And no, it’s not even slightly analogous. This is dangerous stuff for the soul.
    These politics and all this political messianism is a distraction from the hard work of prayer and evangelism we should be doing. We all need to tackle the Jericho of our own sinful souls.
    No, I don’t think ROCOR will be joining you. I suggest you run these posts past your priest.

  9. Der Angriff (sorry: Der Spiegel) is ANGRY!
    “Following mass protests in Germany against rigorous lockdown, the popular weekly
    Der Spiegel said that Christians are enemies of democracy and [the] fight against coronavirus.”
    ‘The media urges politicians to ignore the protests of Christians, because
    they only interfere with the implementation of “correct policies”.’

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

  10. The latest seems to be that the White House is distancing itself from Sidney Powell.  This is significant, but not for the reason some conservatives think it is.

    Giuliani: Sidney Powell Not Part of Trump Legal Team |

    What this looks like to me is that Sidney is a very smart girl and lawyer.  The reason the White House is giving is that they have not seen the evidence to which Sidney is alluding when she has made some of her more robust statements.  Some, like a few over at RedState, are jumping to the conclusion that this is because the evidence doesn’t exist to support what she’s saying and Team Trump is getting nervous about that aspect of it.

    What is more likely, given what we know about Trump, his Team, the White House in general and about Sidney Powell, is that she has not directly shared any of the most extreme evidence because she does not want to give the other side a heads up in preparation for any evidentiary hearings, nor does she want the particulars of the evidence litigated in the media.  The White House is a sieve.  Leaks are normal and rampant.  There are no secrets there and she wants her cards tight against her chest until she lays them down in court and can then fight the evidentiary battle on her terms.

    Trump supporters have to admit that, though he normally comes out on top, the way he gets there is no more organized than a monkey sh*t fight at the zoo.  He’s just too capricious and unstable to do things in a disciplined way.  That was always the best reason to scoff at claims that he was a Russian agent:  FSB would never field someone as unstable as Trump.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      It’s a distraction.

    • Breitbart was able to speak to a source in the White House, apparently: 

      A source who spoke to Breitbart News on background suggested that the team had hoped to work with her, but that Powell’s public claims had gone beyond the scope of the evidence they had seen and believed they could prove in court.” 

      Sidney got a little ahead of her skis, or when something’s too good to be true – it’s too good to be true.

      • Or she knows the White House is a sieve of leaks and didn’t want the details public until she filed the case, which hurt their feelings and made them nervous . . . hence the distance.
        I trust Sidney more than I do the White House.  She’s more disciplined.

        • Or it could just be a magic shadow show for the entertainment,
          and eventual confounding, of the Democratchiks and supporting cast.

  11. Gail Sheppard says

    Again, we are NOT praying with anyone.  The various contingents will be praying their own prayers.  If you look at OUR prayers, they are decidedly Orthodox.    

  12. How many children will be sacrificed to the Moloch of the Mask
    How many people must die? Read this article, scroll down the page to the video
    and listen to the doctor lay it on the line:
    Then do as he says and pass the link on…

    • Gail Sheppard says

      There is no evidence that masks help all that much. Your eyes are ACE2 receptors, especially the epithelial cells. Any aerosol virus coming your way will get into your eyes unless you’re wearing glasses, which no one does with masks because they fog up.

      You know what WILL help? Having the virus run through our population like wildfire, which it is doing, while protecting the vulnerable. It will burn itself out because as time goes on, there will be fewer and fewer carriers. Prolonging this process, giving the virus more opportunity to mutate, will render any vaccine we develop now, potentially useless.

      Another lookdown would be counter productive. They want to force us in doors, dropping the number of cases, to justify the need for a vaccine. If we have fewer cases, they will say the the majority of the population is still at risk.

      However, each person who survives COVID makes the end of this virus that much more likely because there will be fewer and fewer carriers. Forcing people inside will guarantee that we remain vulnerable, longer, if not forever.

      Those of us who can survive it need to get it to eliminate us as carriers but like in the 50s, we need to get it all at once! We should be having block parties to spread it among the healthy while protecting the vulnerable.

      Hmmm. . . Seems like I already said this, BACK IN MARCH.

  13. Sidney Powell: I agree with the campaign’s statement that I am not part of the campaign’s legal team. I never signed a retainer agreement or sent the President or the campaign a bill for my expenses or fees.
    My intent has always been to expose all the fraud I could find and let the chips fall where they may–whether it be upon Republicans or Democrats.
    The evidence I’m compiling is overwhelming that this software tool was used to shift millions of votes from President Trump and other Republican candidates to Biden and other Democrat candidates.  We are proceeding to prepare our lawsuit and plan to file it this week.  It will be epic.
    If Powell operates as Part of the Trump Team, there will likely be legal and financial campaign funding issues which will doubtless be pursued so loudly by the Demokratchik Media Machine that it will be hard to hear what she is saying. Operating at arms length would, hopefully, reduce such problems.
    Perhaps this is what is going on.

    • George Michalopulos says


    • Brendan,
      What Gail said is probably the case.  Distraction.  The real thing is going on in the other swing states, particularly PA and MI.  Sidney is fierce and to be commended.  And she also wants to sell books, probably.  More power to her, I trust she has a “biblical” size scandal to expose with Dominion and SmartMatic.  But I’m not sure such a Herculean task in toto is necessary for Trump to prevail where he has chosen to pick the fight.  He seems pretty confident, like he has been in tighter spots, he even said.

      Sidney also has a question of standing which I assume she has a way to deal with, but otherwise might be a problem.  “We the People” is not the most direct victim of the conduct alleged.  It is an organization rather than the American electorate to which the name refers.

  14. I don’t really see this march as any more ecumenist than any pro-life march.  

    • George Michalopulos says

      Nor is it. In any event, there is nothing wrong than standing up for one’s beliefs. If the person to my right is a Jew and the one to my left is an atheist, and we both agree on what is right, where is the harm in that?

  15. How the RC Archbishop of San Francisco fought to “Free the Mass”
    (and why could no Orthodox bishop do likewise?):

  16. George Michalopulos says

    This should be required reading about what we can expect this next decade:

    • Good read.  Makes sense.

    • If Turchin predicts the collapse of the West (U.S) will be more akin to the collapse of the Soviet Union, I wonder to what extent the former Eastern Bloc countries will be immune to this? Having been to Europe a couple of times and travelled all across the continent there is a clear demarcation between Eastern and Western Europe, both culturally and religiously. I believe him though, he doesn’t really say it but I’m of the mindset that the U.S as it currently is cannot sustain itself with the amount of polarization going on, one side will not be ruled by the other side. We may end up with something akin to a lose federation of states…Think Europe where there are more conservative countries (Hungary) sharing the continent with liberal ones (Sweden), and Europe is smaller in area than the U.S. This seems more like the fall of the Roman Empire where rather than having one unified republic, there are now nation-states 
      Also, when/if this collapse happens, will China take the opportunity to invade us? Will they take the opportunity to invade other places (as they are already doing softly), now that the “world police” aka America, is no longer a threat…who would even stop them? 

      • “will China take the opportunity…?”
        China does not seem to be shutting down its fossil fuel power stations.
        Perhaps they will use the opportunity afforded by the West’s suicidal ‘Re-set’
        to avenge the indignities of the Opium Wars and other Western insults?

      • I think Eastern Europe is doing better (more conservative, more religious, albeit poorer) than Western Europe because of demographics. It’s more homogenous and therefore more stable. Western European countries are going downhill fast because of mass immigration, lack of faith, and loss of identity.
        In a collapsed USA, those state/areas with better demographic homogeneity and higher religiosity will be able to pull through better, while the less cohesive liberal melting pots will go from bad to worse.

    • Nicole, the author of this article is not to be relied on,
      in terms of either history or law.
      Alfred the Great died in 899 AD, so cannot have unified the Angles, Saxons and Jutes in 927 AD. What happened in 927 AD was that his grandson Æthelstan (King of Wessex and Mercia) conquered the Viking Kingdom of York and added it to his Kingdom. On his death in 939, the Vikings took it back for a further fifteen years.
      As for Magna Carta and English Common Law,
      these have never applied in Scotland.

      Furthermore, the Claim of Right (1689) was not given to the Scots by England. It was passed by the Convention of the Estates of Scotland for the purpose of removing the Crown from James VII and giving it to his daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange. This Claim was frequently disputed on the battlefield for almost the next six decades.

      These errors are so gross that the rest of the thesis
      needs to be carefully examined before acceptance.

      • Good to know Brendan!  I’m not up on English history at all (my Russian history is somehow better!). Not sure if they allow comments there, but if so, hope you will make yours there.  I do think from other sources just quoting the intent of the global parties that the goals seem valid if wretched.

        • There is no doubt about the intentions behind ‘The Great Reset’.
          The inventor of the phrase Klaus Schwab (a fascist in the original sense)
          wrote a book about it – telling us what is in store for us if he succeeds.
          An in-depth insight into his thinking can be found here:

          • The author of that article has no idea what real fascism is and appears to be another one of those morons that mistakes corporatism for corporatocracy. He needs to read some Feder, Strasser, or Bombacci. Fascism was designed to protect the people from these kind of internationalist plots.

            • Well, what did the founder of Fascism think?

              The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian, and the Fascist State–a synthesis and a unit inclusive of all values–interprets, develops, and potentiates the whole life of a people.
              The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation, organised in their respective associations, circulate within the State.

              [Benito Mussolini, 1935, The Doctrine of Fascism, Firenze: Vallecchi Editore.]

              • This is the sentence immediately preceding your quote, for some context: “Fascism is for the only liberty which can be a serious thing, the liberty of the state and of the individual in the state”
                Also, for another view:
                “Fascism is preoccupied by the clothing (namely the forms of state organization), National-Socialism by the body (namely the racial eugenics), whereas Legionarism is preoccupied by something much deeper: by the soul (namely by its strengthening through the cultivation of Christian virtues and its preparation with final salvation in mind, salvation dealt with by the Christian Church in the most perfect fashion).”
                Different forms of fascism had different emphases in that regard, but all stood opposed to internationalist capitalism, bolshevism, and nascent globalism.
                The Italian brand of fascism might have emphasized the state, but it was hyper-nationalist, which is quite the opposite of Schwab’s WEF and other globalist bodies. The total state (a better term, IMO, than totalitarian) helps guide all aspects of the nation’s life, because it is the manifestation of that nation’s life – customs, traditions, religion, creative ability, industry, etc. Life generally improved under the total state, where workers and peasants alike were better off than those under crass capitalist oligarchies or communism.

                • A Socialist State is a Party State run by apparatchiks.
                  A Fascist State is a Party State run by pirates.
                  The first has a kommisar on every corner, spying on people and telling them what they can and cannot do, what they can and cannot think.
                  The other has a zellenleiter (or similarly titled functionary) on every corner, spying on people and telling them what they can and cannot do, what they can and cannot think
                  In every case the lower-level kommisars and zellenleiters and the spies and the informers are the same sort of people, or even the very same people; as was seen in East Germany when the Communist Party largely co-opted the already existing Nazi apparatus.
                  Both prey on the people. The chief difference between them is:
                  who gets to enjoy the proceeds of the rape of the people.

                  • But the Fascists generally have the prettier uniforms…

                  • Brendan, every state has security apparatus and secret police. The problem is whether they are being used towards positive ends or negative ones. Sometimes these things are necessary. The Tsar even had the famous okhrana in pre-revolutionary Russia.
                    Let’s look at the situations:
                    Soviet Union, completely supported by globalist banking cartels and capitalists from the get-go, minimal resistance within the country, and no aggression without. They were throwing people into prisons and camps for no reason other than they didn’t go along with the bolsheviks’ plan for implementing their satanic agenda.
                    Germany, effectively at war with those selfsame cartels since 1933 (“Judea declares war on Germany”) and had a massive communist presence within the country that wanted to turn the nation into an extension of the Soviet Union. The nation was under siege. I would say that, given those circumstances, heavy-handed policing is something quite necessary to protect the people.
                    Now, I’m not going to try and defend everything that happened in Germany, far from it, but it was a damn sight better than anything the bolsheviks and the globalists have been able to create. The people were free from financial slavery, they were happy, and they were healthy. International observers stated that the life and conditions of the German workers were better than anywhere else in the world. Nowhere in the world of capitalist-financial democracy did you have anything like the Strength Through Joy organization.
                    In imperial Russia, the okhrana were up against a massive and extremely dedicated terrorist network, hell-bent on revolution and destroying the empire. They needed to be rigorous in hunting down the insurgents.
                    If the FBI and CIA hadn’t been subverted, and McCarthy had been listened to, then the USA wouldn’t be in the situation it finds itself in right now. Like Misha has said, an authoritarian Christian system is what we need to stop the rot, but I think that we’ve gone too far. The soul of American and Western society has been so debased in the past sixty years, that there might be no hope for recovery.
                    I share these images to give you something to think about:

                • Basil,

                  Fascism, I will admit, is closer to traditionalism than Bolshevism.  Nazism is a peculiar creature unto itself.  But Mussolini’s fascism, which we might consider definitive, was essentially a projection of the old Roman order upon a modern society.  Part of that order was that all religions are equally true, equally false and equally useful.  Thus the highest moral and psychological referent in the fascist state must be the state itself, not the church.

                  Much of Western society, starting early in the 20th century, gradually gave way to such a totalitarian mindset.  It is particularly easy to do so in a protestant country because the sectarianism invalidates the exclusive truth claims of any particular denomination.  But there has to be some ultimate referent.  So what you end up with is a therapeutic deism married to an all powerful state – a sort of neo-fascist synthesis.  It is only a stepping stone to atheism however.  Social forces erode the various confessions’ internal integrity to the point they are nothing more than expressions of spiritual progressivism.  

                  In the movie, The Exorcist, when the mother is initially talking with the priest about her daughter and hints at exorcism, the priest’s whole attitude and reaction are completely in this totalitarian mindset.  The priest is a social worker.  He is an atheist who looks at religion as a type of social work.  He does not take its metaphysical truth claims seriously in the least.  He was totally lost until the devil came to him and made himself undeniable.

                  That was the hard cold fact of infidelity among most of the clergy in all denominations during the middle of the 20th century.  Hardly a faithful man was to be found.  Some of the bible Baptists and “holy rollers” were rudimentary and fundamentalist enough in the faith to escape the spiritual carnage, as were many Orthodox Jews and most serious Muslims.  But most of Christianity was thoroughly compromised, not unlike the Soviet church in the USSR – agents, collaborators, one and all.

                  The mainline protestant confessions suffered this fate, as has the RCC.  Parts of the OC have also succumbed, almost exclusively those however who adopted the “New Calendar”.  It was really only in the 1990’s that this tide began to turn and sincerity began to rear its beautiful head again.  Part of it was Reagan, part of it was the sheer ugliness of the social decay.  

                  There are two main dangers with true fascism.  One is paganism , the other is secularism.  All gods are jealous gods and when you purport to dethrone the true God, the vacuum will be filled.

                  • That’s why I shared the Corneliu Codreanu quote above. Fascism is organic and comes from the people, so its manifestations will be different wherever you find it. It’s all about presuppositions.
                    Germany was post-Christian and Darwinist-materialist, hence its focus on race and the problems that developed as a result. Italy was slouching towards secularism, but still maintained enough of its Catholicism to be more moderate.
                    What people don’t hear about is the devoutly Christian fascist movements that were build on the solid foundation of traditional Orthodox Christianity, or Roman Catholicism, and resembled traditional medieval societies in their focus on the spiritual struggle and opposition to materialism, movements such as the Legionaries (as mentioned above), the Metaxists in Greece, the Rexists in Belgium, ZBOR in Serbia, Action Francaise, the Russian Fascist Party in Manchuria, the Falange in Spain, Ludaks in Slovakia, the Integralists in Brazil, the anti-Hitler Black Front in Germany, etc.
                    Knee-jerk opposition to fascism, without any knowledge of the various manifestations of the doctrine, is no different to TDS. “Fascist man bad.”

                    • Matt 7:16: “Ye shall know then by their fruits” [KJV]

                    • Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster says

                      Basil, there is never a need for any Orthodox Christian, much less an entire Orthodox nation, to lurch toward extreme fascism.

                      The Romanian you quote with admiration–Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, popularly known as Il Capitanul (or “The Captain”) in the 1930s–and Horia Sima, his successor as head of the Legion of the Archangel Michael from 1937 to 1941, were despised by both the Romanian Orthodox hierarchy from the beginning and even by the fascist dictator Ion Antonescu, whose temporary alliance with Horia Sima and the Legion ended abruptly after the latter staged a failed coup against Antonescu in January 1942. Sima was lucky to escape from a death sentence by fleeing Romania.

                      The Legion, also known as the Iron Guard for its shock troops in the Bessarabia region of Romania from 1930-1933, was, under a thin veneer of Christian crosses and occasional devotions, essentially an extreme ethno-racist, violently anti-Semitic, ne0-pagan political-military cult that worshipped Romanian ethnicity and especially the blood-soaked Romanian soil filled with dead Romanian heroes. There is nothing more literally pagan (from the Latin paganus, or “peasant close to the earth”) than that.

                      I suggest that you and anyone on this blog who wishes to know the full background of Codreanu and his Legion read an early short monograph of mine published in the Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies (No. 502) at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 under the title, “The Romanian Legionary Movement: An Orthodox Christian Assessment of Anti-Semitism.”

                      That publication is available at no cost at this website:

                    • Michael Bauman says

                      Basil, fascism is founded in nihilism.  There can be no Christian fascism.  

                    • Fr. Alexander, bless.
                      You wrote the exact same things to me a few months ago, and linked the exact same paper that you wrote, but I’m not going to give you the exact same response, because you never responded then, and I doubt that you will respond now.
                      I will, however, link it for those that want to read it for themselves and actually give thinking outside the box a try:
                      Saints don’t lie.
                      Saint Justinian the Great, Emperor of Rome – and most Roman Orthodox emperors at that – would be seen as ‘extreme fascists’ by the lily-livered 21st-century mass man, whose opinions I care not for. If removing diseased tumors from a body requires  a little mess, then even more so for society. ‘Muh freedoms’ are what has enabled these revolutionaries and their attempts to destroy America and all European nations.

                    • Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster says

                      Thank you, Basil, for that reminder about an earlier exchange on this website at the end of June 2020. Please forgive an aging man an occasional lapse of memory!

                      I knew Fr. Gheorghe Calciu as a neighboring Orthodox priest for a few years in the 1990s. I admired his tenacious fidelity to Christ even under severe Communist persecution in prison. But his views on the interwar period in Romania (especially 1930-1941) and the Legion and other fascist groups I could never abide.

                      Moreover, the tone of your posts glorifying the Legion of St. Michael the Archangel as righteous Christian peasants and disparaging the Romanian Orthodox hierarchy in the 1930s and 1940s–who were, on that issue at least, on the side of the angels–and your continuing, frankly shocking demonization of Jews everywhere it seems (and, yes, I have dabbled in the Babylonian Talmud enough to know what an off-putting and blasphemous collection that tends to be) suggests to me that we shall probably never reach an agreement on the subject.
                      suggests to me that nothing 

                    • “fascism is founded in nihilism.  There can be no Christian fascism.”
                      I just gave a (very abbreviated) list of movements that sought to bring about a national rebirth and the moral/spiritual renewal of their people by fusing a zealous Christian faith with Third Position economic and social principles. That alone blows your pop-philosophy out of the water.

                    • George Michalopulos says

                      I tend to agree with Basil in this respect:  any Orthodox (or Catholic, Buddhist, Protestant, Zionist, pagan, animist) potentate from years past would look to be “fascist” or ultra-nationalist from the soy-boy perspective of post-modern men today.  
                      Hence the vituperative term “fascist” –like racist, nationalist, etc.–has lost all sting today.  It simply does no good.  
                      In my opinion, as for Fr Calciu’s take on the Iron Guard, one should be forgiving for the opinions of those who lived through the times in question.  I for one, came to less triumphalist perspective regarding the Sergianist heresy when I met Russians who lived during the final decades of Bolshevism. 
                      By what right did I, an American who has never known a hungry day in his life or had to worry about my employment prospects, have to criticize a Russian who not only lived with fear for his own life but saw members of his family bundled off to the Gulag (or worse)?
                      My 2c

      • Speaking of Alfred the Great, it seems like it might be SAINT Alfred the Great:

  17. Gail & George, thanks be to God the Orthodox for Life have relaunched:
    Good to see it active again

  18. Michael Bauman says

    May our good Lord purify the hearts of all those who participate, strengthen their witness and keep them all safe. Glory to thee O Lord.

  19. If Sidney Powell is to file her court case this week, will it be today?
    Obviously it won’t be tomorrow. Is Friday a possibility?
    Is it still being prepared? Has anyone got any idea?
    Time is short before the Electoral College meets.

  20. George Michalopulos says
    • Yeah, all these fascist wannabes can burn in hell.  
      “Make us.  We know where you live.”

    • Thank God!  May our hierarchs be as bold in protecting our access to spiritual medicine and Christ in the Eucharist in the Temple.  If the CDC can tell people to vote in person even if they have COVID or have been recently exposed because voting is that important…

  21. Sidney Powell founded a ‘legal defense fund’ to cash in on her
    new-found fame under the Internal Revenue Service category 501(c)(4)
    So, has she filed suit?

    • George Michalopulos says

      Yes, the Kraken has been released in Georgia.

    • Sidney Powell founded a legal defense fund to pay for the cost of funding her litigation on behalf of “We the People”, not to “cash in”. She’s not, and never has been, on the president’s payroll as an attorney. Moreover, her fame is anything but new found since she was Michael Flynn’s attorney. These vermin will slander anyone who assists the Golden Don. There is literally nothing true in that fake news article. She wasn’t “fired”, nor did Trump “rebuke” her, nor is the fundraising for personal gain but because of the fact that her client is a non-profit organization “We the People”.

      Don’t spread lies. It makes you look like a fool.

      PS: Here’s the Georgia suit, if you’re interested. Sidney solved her standing problem by naming several Georgian Republicans nominated to be electors and other Georgian Republican party officials as plaintiffs.

      And here is the Kraken rearing its head in Michigan (Gretchen Whitmer, wannabe fascist, is a defendent, so delicious):

      So we shall see if the Democrats possess the severed head of Medusa.

      • Misha, it’s a headline from a newspaper. Note the quotation marks,
        never mind the bold print. If you had been paying attention to my posts
        you should have gathered by now that I am not against her. Far from it.
        I simply show that it is not only in America that the Press is weaponised.

      • I think I owe you (and everyone else) an apology Misha.
        There is, I think, a culture gap here which it was incumbent on me to bridge.
        The Daily Mail is a middle-class, patriotic, conservative English tabloid. Peter Hitchens is one of its star columnists (Mail on Sunday). It is prime Nigel Farage, Brexit supporting territory. In other words, it should be a natural supporter of Donald Trump. Sidney Powell’s artillery barrage is the sort of thing that would normally have the Mail cheering lustily. That they are not suggests something is seriously wrong – not with Sidney Powell, but with the Daily Mail.
        My mistake was to assume that you, the inhabitants of a continental country on one side of an ocean, would have the in-depth knowledge of a small (once but no longer important) island on the other side of that ocean to enable you to decipher my meaning without sufficient background explanation – which I freely admit was lacking. Mea culpa.
        I apologise.

        • Brendan,
          I assume, with considerable justification, that when someone posts a link to a story, quoting the story itself, and not stating that it is not their opinion or distinguishing their opinion in some way, that it is a view to which they are sympathetic.  In the least, if they do not correct or contextualize gross errors which are easily discoverable online, then it appears as if they are adopting these assertions.  Asking yet again if she has filed it yet does not do the trick.

          Apologies are nice.  No autopsy, no foul.  Ceasing to regurgitate disinformation without tagging it as such would be appreciated.  Otherwise, expect a dose. 

      • The world is weirder than even I had previously imagined.
        The Daily Mail has been partnered with the People’s Daily
        (the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party) since 2017.
        Perhaps their Powell tirade is not so offbeat for them after all.

  22. Why are things as they are? Why is there a Great Reset agenda?
    Hear from the late (Soros ally) Maurice Strong:
    “What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group’s conclusion is ‘no’. The rich countries won’t do it. They won’t change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

    • And interestingly be the only persons who profit exponentially themselves…Ah the rich persons condemning the rich countries…priceless.

      • The rich do not need to accumulate more to become richer.
        It is enough to ensure that everyone else has less.

  23. Analyzing The New Totalitarianism of Today:  Scientism versus the Transcendent

    “…human freedom is founded on the recognition of the transcendent.”

    Marching for Freedom and Transcendence?

    • Michael Bauman says

      Nicole, just started reading the article.  It seems to be spot on.   The basic affirmation of Patrick McGoohan’s charcater #6 in the classic TV series The Prisoner comes to mind:  “I am not a number, I am a man!”  Along with his oft repeated question: “Who is number one?”

      Of course our real freedom is in confession: both of our sins and in acknowledgement of the mastership of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

      Just as St. Ignatius Brianchaninov reminds us.

      • A perfect program for our day. Thank you for reminding me Michael. Shall search for reruns!  

        • Michael Bauman says

          Interesting factoid: The Village is a real place in England. “Be seeing you”

          • The Village is Portmeiron – which is not in Englandshire.
            It is in Wales, in Gwynedd to be more precise.

            • Michael Bauman says

              Forgive me Btendan. The lady I got the info from went “home” to maintain her English accent because here in Kansas the accent was a sales tool.   She was English and did not make that kind of distinction.  Anywhere on the island was England. 
              I just think its cool that it exists outside the TV show. 

        • Michael Bauman says

          Of course, Nicole, the main character’s insistence on individual autonomy is just as soul crushing and delusional. As Luke 12:7 reminds us “The very hairs of our head are numbered”. It is in communion that we become fully human.

        • Michael Bauman says

          Nicole, I was talking with my son who loves the Prisoner and he was born in 1986. He came up with his ideal fictional character for President: Garrick from Deep Space Nine.   I must confess it has a lot of traction.
          Instead we have low level Frenghi every where with George Soros and his ilk the Grand Nagus in the shadows.  

          • Hopefully in a few months I will understand what you are saying!  Will look forward to finding, Michael…

  24. Nicole, this is a gem of an argument, And the graphic is great.
    It depicts the captivity of technology consumers with awesome accuracy.
    Truly this picture speaks a thousand words and more.
    Thank you.

    • Every word is a gem. Concise and a fun way to hear the wretched truth.   First time I’ve laughed  about the Great Reset.     Danke Brendan!

  25. BoJo brings the Spooks in: “Army spies to take on antivax militants”
    More propaganda…

  26. Reasons the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling and should be investigated (by a pollster)

  27. “Pennsylvania Lawmakers Formally Introduce
    Resolution to Dispute 2020 Elections Results”
    The plot thickens. The action quickens…

  28. Here is an argument: “The Patriarchal Paradox”, for which the author
    (an Eton schoolmaster) was sacked by the Headmaster of the school.
    The Duke of Wellington once said that the Battle of Waterloo
    was won on the playing-fields of Eton.
    They wouldn’t win now.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Truly, the West as a whole has become completely feminized, homoxualized and now trannified. Therefore, it must collapse. Unless repentance takes place, then it’s going to be a virile culture which takes over. My money is on Islam.

  29. Yes, Brendan, When you shine a light on it, it recedes into the confused darkness from which it emerged. Only in a society which has evolved to the level that one can seriously offer that, “Simple is bad but Complex is good.” do you get this level of self delusion. “If I only do the homework, reality can be whatever I want it to be.” Of course, this assumes there is no objective, underlying reality. And, when it rears its ugly head, the deluded try to smash it, like Linnaeus’ unaccounted for bug. But reality is persistent. And thus, sooner or later, the people of the lie are doomed.

    There is one thing that stood out to me in this video though, Brendan, for which I must thank you.  Toward the end, the narrator speaks about the role of women in the patriarchy in terms of motivational force.  To be the protector/provider/procreator, the man needs something to protect, for which to provide, and with which to procreate.  To put this another, more direct way:  Women serve as a wonderful inspiration for developing acumen at the hunter/warrior quality of prowess – this being an end, in and of itself.

    Of course, to the extent that women reject these roles for themselves and men, they become the enemies of man, just as surely as Eve was in the garden, feeding Adam “evil” mixed with good.

    So it really does all come down to Madonna/whore (not necessarily in the Freudian sense). The thing that ultimately impels a woman is the desire to be protected, provided for and to reproduce. She can look for these things in herself or the government (this is the essence of harlotry*) or she can look to one man to fulfil this role (for her, the essence of piety).

    * Either she is charging men for sex and thus provides for her children or the government is essentially paying her to have sex with men and providing for her children. Of course, you can have the self-contained “independent woman” who pays her own bills and those of her children, but if she reproduces, she will have children by different fathers who may not even be known to her offspring. Whatever path it takes, it leads to a mess.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      RE: “To be the protector/provider/procreator, the man needs something to protect, for which to provide, and with which to procreate.”

      Suggestion: Change “which” to “whom”. Whom is a pronoun used to refer to people and women are people.

      Which chiefly refers to things and rarely to subhuman entities, of which women are not a part.

      Can we at least agree on that? Women are human beings, created in the image of God just like men.

      • Interestingly, usage of the relative pronouns ‘that’ and ‘which’
        (earlier ‘quhilk’) to refer to people is common in Scotland.

        • I believe the English also used to pray, “Our Father, which art in heaven…”  Maybe some still do.

          • When praying in English, I do.
            When using Scots (my translation), I pray:
            “Our Faither, that in the heivens is…”

            PS: In Scots “ou” is always pronounced à la française,
            but short.

            • Not sure if you’ve been around long enough to remember the Monk James (a stickler for accurate translation) who used to comment here quite often, but I suspect he would be pleased.

    • Michael Bauman says

      Misha, Misha, Misha just when I was beginning to like you.  BTW I just finished six weeks where I and my lovely, intelligent, strong, capable wife and I were together 24/7 because her dominant arm was in a restrictive sling due to having her shoulder reconstructed.  In her younger years she was a state champion in black powder rifle shooting. Worked on the family farm lifting bales of hay and all that farm life entails.  She loves children and animals and amazingly–me because she loves God first.  She sufferer through two abusive husbands and a third who died early in her marriage as well as having a child die at birth.   Things that would have crushed many people.  Yet she remains kind and generous and compassionate in ways I find difficult to comprehend.   I was talking to our bishop a couple of weeks ago after Liturgy and told him I loved him. He said “I love you too Michael, but I love your wife more.  She is far more human than I am because she does feel with and care for others and allows me to become more human.   
      So, rethink man!

      • No doubt.

        My point was that women are instrumental. Just as St. Paul explained in Romans 1:25-27:

        Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

        * * *

        I used to habitually lose a grade point for “sexist language” in college, without remorse, by resisting the revision of the inclusive/impersonal “he/him/his” into “they” or “his/her”, etc. The Orwellian stuff has been going on for quite a long time. I never, ever apologize or revise concerning such things. The deeper it stings, the better. It’s just a measure of how far we have fallen and how much the fall has stung the other (my) side, this being trifling at the most.

        Feminism always brings out the harsher side of my character because I give it license to do so. It’s a kind of Cosmic Reciprocity or Collective Guilt, I suppose. My favorite is Tertullian’s “temple built over a sewer” quote which I consider inspired. I do not see it as misogyny, however. Only justice in light of the last 50-60 years of feminization of Western culture and its effect on men and boys. Again, when men really come to understand to what they are entitled by God and nature and look at to what they have been reduced by feminists, female and male, well, . . . this would make a Kraken seem like a little iguana in comparison to the rage . . . suffice to say, it is very, very fortunate for women that men need them for procreation.


        Let me solve the mystery for you:  We will never like each other.  I have seen something happen in history which, having a fairly keen sense of what men have been, appalls me.  You take it lightly.  It lessens you.  We will never be friends or see things the same way.  Shed no tears, perhaps we shall meet on the other side.

        It is a choice, and a stark one.  But to make the one I have made puts you at perpetual war with Western society as it has developed in the 20th/21st century.  And I would never have it any other way.  Because I have my soul.

        I am much more like a Muslim than a modern Christian when it comes to women and, as I have remarked before, though I loathe Islam for theological reasons, many of them have a better attitude toward women than Christians.

        I’m not sentimental about the West or America.  Its best days were heretical.  It was very innovative.  But if it loses in the global sense, so be it because it deserves it royally.  It seems to have been given a last chance by God, but it has screwed that up even were Trump to pull this out.  Victory by a hair’s breadth is not decisive in any sense and very little has actually changed on the ground to “make America great again” as the saying goes.  
        My money still says Trump pulls it out but that nonetheless it was a wasted trip.  Neither he nor the Republican Party seem committed to the destruction of the Democratic Party.  Without that, there’s no point in supporting them.  They don’t want to prevail, just carry on the professional wrestling match as it has proceeded to date.

        I pray the forces of authoritarian Christianity are strong enough to sweep American eventually and decisively.  Either that or China and the atheists win.  There are no other strong ones left here.  Only cowards.

        But there are places to go, and civilizations rise and fall, and we all know how the story ends, thanks be to God.

        • Michael Bauman says

          Misha, I disagree on two counts. 1. I do not take the twisting of the male/female synergy lightly. Just differently.
          2. If we were in the same parish I think we could be friends. Not buddies but neither are we enemies.  
          We are both working out our salvation through the providential mercy of Jesus Christ.   I respect that and honor that.  
          My experience has been with women who have been brutalized by men.   The mindset that allows and encourages that is the archetype for the mindset and thoughts you so despise.  Both are deeply sinful and destructive but they are mirror images of each other.   Both rooted in the shame of the Fall.  
          I simply do not see more shame as the solution.  Real Christian headship is different.  My beautiful, gracious, empathic wife said this when she agreed to marry me:  “Yes, but I want you to be the spiritual head of the home.”  For her that includes everything. She does not segregate spiritual and non-spiritual.   Her submission to me and the way it encourages all good things has brought joy into our lives.  But notice too, it was her condition that I accept her submission in love of Christ that was necessary for her to agree to marry me.
          In the process she left the Protestant  Christian community who had put her back together after the death of her husband and has followed both me and Jesus in the Orthodox Church with diligence and thanksgiving.
          She has  been true to her word even when I would rather she was not.  
          But thank you for your honesty.  Who knows Casablanca may be in our future.  
          May the joy of our Lord be upon you.

        • Michael Bauman says

          Misha, as a fan of a Jordan Petersen I found the linked article both informative and helpful.  In a way my response to the misery I saw in many women was not to retreat into madness and nihilism. That way leads to homosexuality and transgenderism AND more violence and twisting of the proper male-female synergy. 
          It took me far longer than it should have because my own father was abusive to my mother. God forgive me but I found myself falling into the same pattern with my first wife.  
          So, I began to take responsibility for my own sin in repentance and learning slowly to not go there.  
          Especially as Christian men–heads we are responsible for maintaining a true Christian moral and spiritual attitude in our inter-relationships with women. The Holy Spirit makes that abundantly clear in Ephesians 5.  
          But be aware of the  full story. I am only arighteous head when I have submitted myself to the Cross as Christ.  I am not there by any means but to take up the headship my wife needs and rightfully expects and has given herself over too with faith in Jesus Christ requires it or the fate described by Job in Ch 12 of that book is the result. Chaos, disorder and evil reign.
          The beginning of the cure lies in my repentance.  I have zero right to demand anyone else change without me being at the head of the change by my own repentance. 
          I truly began my Christian journey one night in Ft  Worth, Tx in the summer of 1974 by asking “What is a Christian man?”
          I used the old techinque asking the question as a prayer and opening my Bible.  Both Job 12 and Ephesians 5 were what I was shown.
          I have more closely resembled Job than Ephesians 5 but I keep repenting, relying on God’s mercy. My wife’s deep trust in God and her sometimes sorrowful forgiveness gives substance to my feeble efforts.
          So you are really wrong when you say I take the current evil chaos between men and women lightly. It has in fact been at the core of my entire Christian life.  I have failed miserably and I ask you in all sincerity to forgive me and pray that God grant me the grace to repent of my selfishness, anger and failure. 
          I am deadly serious especially since my failure has led to pain I see in you my brother.   (Please do not think I am being sarcastic. I am not.)

          • Michael,
            I’m cutting back here so I’ll be brief.  Love to you and yours and peace in the grace of Christ.
            Were I you, I would spend more time in the Church Fathers on women than in the therapeutic culture of pop evangelicalism.
            Just a rogue suggestion.
            I’ve found that if I can’t translate it into language the Fathers used, it’s not worth saying and probably is not a Christian perspective.

            • Michael Bauman says

              Ah Misha, once again I fail you by not making myself clear.  Pop psychology is not a source for me.   The Fathers always need interpretation.  I find Ephesians 5 to be abundantly clear:  “Man is head of the woman as Christ is head of the Church”.  Lest I forget what that means the same chapter says that He gave Himself up for us.  That is what I have tried and failed to follow.  Nothing more.
              May the joy of the Lord be with you and pray for me and my wife and our children for our forgiveness and the salvation of our souls.  

        • Michael Bauman says

          Misha lest we forget the origin of our troubles with women:  Genesis 3:11 and 12.

          • Keep reading, through verse 19.  The Fathers were quick to remind women they were created after man (and thus subordinate) and of their role in the Fall and its consequences.

            I’m done on this for now.

            • Michael Bauman says

              Indeed, but the fullness of that returns to the Cross.  The Cross where God condescends to His creation and raises us up.  “God became man that man might become God”  
              I raise my wife up by submitting myself to the Cross.   She thus becomes my equal as we become God-like together.
              As Father Stephen Freeman remarks scandalously here:  Love and Freedom – Glory to God for All Things (
              May God forgive my selfishness.  My wife (only because I require it) and I are praying for you.  
              But you are right, best to leave off and allow the mercy of God to set all aright.   May He be with you in all that you do and give you great joy.  

        • Misha, just a quick question and you are welcome not to reply. But if you have not yet read Fr Seraphim Rose’s brilliant compilation of the Fathers on Genesis, Creation and Early Man (recommended by Fr Peter Heers in his Patreon course), I would be pleased to mail it to you to see what you might think of it, devoted as I know you are to the Holy Fathers. If you would like me to do so, would you please give George or Gail your information to forward to me? And if not,, no worries. I miss the Orthodox Book Club very much and would love to discuss it if you wish to read or receive….No worries if you do not wish to do…Best in Christ, Nicole

  30. The Beverly Hillbillies are fighting back:
    “Tiny Beverly Hills stands up to Goliath LA County on its outdoor dining ban”
    I can still sing the theme song, after all these years…

    • George Michalopulos says

      Bravo! Wasn’t it Thomas Jefferson who said that “the Tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots every now and then”?

      Yes, I believe it was.

      All of our Founding Fathers (except perhaps Hamilton) would be positively outraged by the Federal bureaucracy and pretty much every thing else about modern America.

  31. COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science:
    “CNBC host Jim Cramer has noted that the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic led to one of the biggest wealth transfers in all of American history. Wall Street cleaned up at the expense of Main Street.”
    I’d say it’s the biggest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich,
    in the whole of human history, without a war.

  32. Prof. Sucharit Bhakdi bei Laura Ingraham, Fox News
    Vaccine “…downright dangerous”, “…go to your doom”, “so, so unnecessary”.

  33. Looks like Trump was (yet again) correct:
    “New Study: HCQ Protocol ‘Effective’ Against COVID-19”

  34. Michael Bauman says

    I got it on original link.  Very direct. I hope he had body guards

  35. New lawsuit in Germany to force “fact-checkers” to prove that what
    they say is “false” or “misleading” actually is false or misleading.
    Plaintiff is Dr Wolfgang Wodarg who shut down the 2009/10 hysteria over Swine Flu,
    which was the last time Gates et al tried to shut down the economy of the world.

  36. A Democrat Mayor in a time of plague…

  37. “Here’s Why You Should Skip the Covid Vaccine”
    “The new Covid vaccines will make billions of dollars for the big pharmaceutical companies, but here’s what they won’t do:

    The vaccines will not cure Covid
    The vaccines will not prevent people from contracting Covid
    The vaccines will not prevent Covid-related hospitalizations
    The vaccines will not prevent Covid-caused deaths “

  38. George Michalopulos says

    I guess there’s evidence and then there’s “evidence”.  
    File this one under evidence:  GA Gov. Kemp: Vote Suitcase Video ‘Concerning’ — ‘Would Be Good’ for Secretary of State to Say Exactly What Was Going On (
    Unless of course you’re a leftist and then it becomes “evidence” –as in “move along, nothing to see here”.

  39. “World renowned German epidemiologist, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, recently submitted a petition to the European Medicines Agency requesting that all Covid19 vaccine distribution and trials be halted until serious safety concerns are addressed, including the ability to alter human fertility.
    How can we help Bill reduce the population? Get the women to take the vaccine!

  40. Arizona Legislature Calls for Immediate ‘Forensic Audit’ of Dominion Voting Machines
    Another milestone passed for Team Trump?

    As Del Bigtree shows, it’s worse than the placebo.

    • Thank you Brendan: and gaze upon the known side effects for the new FDA emergency approved drug urged on the “high risk” (and recommended by a conventional physician to me over HCQ) and compare it with the side effect track record of HCQ for decades, which he says will “never be approved by the FDA for COVID because it is generic.” That last phrase says it all, O Friends of Big Pharma (not).

  42. Texas AG Paxton Sues Battleground States for  Unconstitutional Changes to 2020 Election Laws
     AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States Supreme Court. The four states exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election. The battleground states flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.
    “Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the States in this Union together. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election. The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution. By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.”   
    Elections for federal office must comport with federal constitutional standards. For presidential elections, each state must appoint its electors to the electoral college in a manner that complies with the Constitution. The Electors Clause requirement that only state legislatures may set the rules governing the appointment of electors and elections and cannot be delegated to local officials. The majority of the rushed decisions, made by local officials, were not approved by the state legislatures, thereby circumventing the Constitution.  
    Read a copy of the filings here.  

  43. George & Gail,  looking forward to your take on the March when you return especially in light of Rod Dreher’s opinion pieces.  Hope the Orthodox aspect at least was encouraging and seemly in your view (and really look forward to details of Orthodox fellowship there) and also hope your perspective on the March as a whole happens to be more positive than Rod’s.  Safe journey home.  

    • Yes, hope you’ve managed to return safely. There’s been quite a few articles in the news recently, regarding violent clashes between the Proud Boys and Antifa during a “Stop the Steal” march in D.C.. However, none of the articles seemed to mention this in connection with the Jericho March, so I’m hoping this was a separate event and you folks are safe and sound. 

    • If one has been reading Rod Dreher for a long time, one recalls that it took him a *long time* to see the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal when he was a Roman Catholic.  

      Bottom line, people see what they need to see in order to feel safe, or they see what they want to see.
      There are innumerable data points suggesting glaring election irregularities/fraud. I have some family who simply refuse to discuss it – the more honest of them have said that they “just can’t believe that their country would do that.”
      Living with the implications of the truth – that there’s widespread election fraud and cheating – is often just too hard. For many, it’s much easier to ignore the data.

      It happened with Dr Shiva Ayyadurai when he tried to run against Elizabeth Warren for Senate in Massachusetts this fall, well before it happened on a much larger scale with the presidential election last month. He’s an MIT PhD who proved the fraud in court. 

      All of this also applies to the inane covid restrictions and the covid vaccine. Many just can’t believe that their country would want to create a permanent underclass. They need to believe that FB, Twitter, CNN, and NPR care about them.  

      I don’t understand people who live like this – but millions approach life this way.  I wonder if this is where Rod Dreher is now. To believe that there exists deep manipulation in the vote counting machines to alter election results is just more than many can handle.

      Our political and cultural elite know this fact, and rely on it. 

      • Steven J. M. says

        As you’ve mentioned vaccines in your post, within the context of people not wanting to see the cold, hard truth, it won’t be out of place to share the reports below about ‘potential’/downright expected side effects (from the manufacturers!) from the vaccines. One of the reports shows an interview with perhaps a spokesman for one of the drug companies who says that deaths are going to happen soon after inoculation but that they won’t be connected with the vaccine, but merely a coincidence. 
        It begs the question, if people started dropping like flies after taking the vax, and the media told us that the experts think this is just a coincidence, would the media be believed?

        • Steven, I just hope we would actually see the news that they are dropping like flies if they do.  Facebook jail (or NYT naysaying) are powerful censors already.  Some people won’t even watch the second US Senate Committee hearing on Early Treatment of COVID because of the slanderous and untrue op-ed in the NYT.  The desire to be like elites or be liked by them or in solidarity with them is unconscious but very powerful and ultimately we even censor what we could see but choose not to.   With destructive results.  

          • Steven J. M. says

            Nicole, that’s a really good point. Things are so sewn up with the MSM at this point that it’s possible a high death rate following innoculation wouldn’t even make it to most peoples’ ears and eyes. The implications of all that are truly terrible. 

            • George Michalopulos says

              Indeed they are. The USSR had nothing comparable to our corporate media.

              • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Fr Seraphim Rose called it simultaneously in the early 70’s didn’t they?  Lord have mercy!

      • Amen FTS.