Conservative, traditionalist, reactionary, or authoritarian?

Throne and Altar

I have a question for readers who are ideologically sympathetic to this blog:  what word would you use to describe our beliefs?  I’ve struggled with this since I started this blog a couple of years ago.  Describing my beliefs in a four-page essay is one thing; picking a single word to designate them is another.  The trouble is that the four main possibilities–“conservative”, “traditionalist”, “reactionary”, and “authoritarian” are all to some extent polluted in current discourse.  They all have associations that will generate confusion.

  1. Conservative“:  I use this one a lot, but it has a lot of drawbacks.  It’s very vague, indicative more of a preserving instinct than a distinct set of beliefs.  And it’s what mainstream pseudoconservatives call themselves.  I sometimes get comments asking me why I want to “conserve” the current order when I disagree with just about everything in it.  They are right to ask. …

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2 thoughts on “Conservative, traditionalist, reactionary, or authoritarian?

  1. My small contribution – this might be of interest to you in light of the theme of some of your latest threads (which I have yet to peruse)

    • Matthew Raphael Johnson – The Superiority of Monarchy

    This is the first on a playlist – some interesting talks for another quiet time if interested.

    Matthew’s thesis – there are only two choices – Monarchy or Oligarchy. Men are fundamentally evil and the most evil among men seize control via Oligarchy which in turn controls ‘Democracy’ as is evident by the fact that our ‘Representatives’ are mew employees of their (secret) Oligarch bosses.

    Elsewhere (source below) Matthew cites the following:

    “DEMOCRACY: it is controlled by capitalist ownership and control of the media, grants from tax-free foundations and favoured press coverage for favoured political candidates. Wide franchise to vote is given to the people to make them easier to control by making them think that “the people” are responsible for the inevitable distortions and negative consequences of the policies the super-rich mattoids impose in order to serve their selfish interests. Democracy separates authority from responsibility, this making it virtually impossible for the voters to reform the system. Those in authority (the mattoids) have no responsibility. Those responsible (the politicians) have no authority except that which is lent to them by their controllers.“

    W. A. Carto. May 20, 2003 in “Populism vs Plutocracy: The Universal Struggle” and cited in ”Publisher’s Note” in “The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy” by Matthew Raphael Johnson (first published 2003 – Third Edition 2010)

    MRJ’s site:
    The Russian Orthodox Medievalist


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