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A Russian rightwing writer one hundred years ago

Russia one hundred years ago had its rightwing writer, Vasily Rozanov, said to be receiving some (maybe just a little) renewed attention in today's Russia, 98 years after he died (after Lenin and his Bolsheviks had taken power). Today online, project1917.com quotes Rozanov. His opinion of the United States is most stiking. For me it's fun reading. I'll leave its relevance to you.

He expressed his Russian patriotism on 4 April 1917. Tsar Nicholas II had fallen, his rule replaced by a provisional government. The Great War of 1914-18 is still on. Rozanov writes:

Let us pray for our infelicitous Tsar, who is spending Easter as a prisoner. And let us pray, too, for Aleksei Nikolaevich, the heir to the throne, and for the Tsar’s daughters Olga and Tatiana... But as regards the German – no, we shan’t pray for her.

"The German" is the tsar's wife, Alexandria, born German, now a devoted Eastern Orthodox Christian whom many are accusing of treason and spying, conspiring with Germany.

A month later he describes Russia as no longer a monarchy; it's a republic, and he believes the country should reject class warfare. He writes:

Lenin rejects Russia. Not only does he reject the Russian Republic, but he rejects Russia. As for the people, he does not recognise them. Recognising only classes and estates, he calls on all Russians to think only on their narrow class interests and advantages. He does not, and does not want to, see a unified people.

Finally, one hundred years ago today, he writes:

A republic is simply youth, always youth, and it is limited by youth alone. It can be preserved only so long as it remains (almost physiologically) innocent, clean, fresh, and noble. As soon as these moral qualities disappear from a republic, it turns into a monarchy without fail, whether its republican form remains in place or not. Indeed, those beastly United States are ultimately not a republic but a Trading Company, a union of trading cities and “states” united for reasons of convenience and profit. It does not become a monarchy only because, by some old tradition, it is entirely unable to find in itself even the least bit of “love and loyalty” to a single personality — that is, to the church or a traditional monarch. The States are not even a sovereignty — they are a monstrosity.

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