The Orthodox Nationalist: Dostoyevsky (Part 2)

dostoevskyMatt Johnson discusses Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881):

  • Dostoyevsky’s novels The Idiot and Notes from the House of the Dead
  • How Middle Class life is easily replicated in prison
  • How is evil to be confronted? Though the innocence in Prince Myshkin in The Idiot
  • Innocence, since it cares not for reputation, cannot be harmed
  • Social movements just create another world of grasping politicians

The Orthodox Nationalist: Ivan “the Terrible”

ivan-the-terribleMatt Johnson discusses Ivan IV the Terrible of
Russia (1530 ; 1584):

  • Ivan was a major reformer
  • Ivan was popular with the lower classes
  • Ivan broke the back of the oligarchy permanently
  • Terrible (Russian:
    means extraordinary and powerful, not
    evil as in the modern English usage)
  • Ivan was one of the longest reigning monarchs in European
    history (his reign lasted from 1533-1584)