QUESTION: Just curious. Did the Romans ever celebrate their founding of Rome like we celebrate the fourth of July?
ANSWER: Oh yes. We seem to have adopted whatever they did as traditions as well. For example, there are nuns in the Catholic Church who take vows of chastity and are in theory married to God. The Romans had the very same tradition known as Vestal Virgins. They kept the eternal flame burning, which we see at John F. Kennedy’s grave as well, symbolizing his memory will live on. Continue reading →
Vladimir Bukovsky has been giving some pretty interesting Russian-language interviews lately.
Earlier this month, he spoke with Kiev-based112 Ukraine TV. Below is an excerpt from the English translation by Alissa Ordabai that should get some attention.
Dmitry Gordon: You recently said, “If two ballistic missiles were launched at Lubyanka, the level of terrorism worldwide would drop by 80 percent.” What did you mean by that?
Vladimir Bukovsky:The thing is that a huge part of the world’s so-called terrorism is being organized by Lubyanka (the popular name for the headquarters of the FSB on Lubyanka Square in Moscow – translator). They control Islamic terrorism, ever since the war in Afghanistan when they were supporting the most extremist parts of the Afghan resistance, people like Gulbuddin. You wouldn’t remember these names. Continue reading →
Russian TV host Mikhail Smolin recently outlined his manifesto, claiming that Russia had to return to its “sacred” historical role as a Christian Empire. He was speaking on his regular show titled “White Word” on the Tsargrad Christian Orthodox TV channel on May 12.
Mikhail Smolin: Empire is the highest form of statehood. It is born of the hierarchy of human alliances – family, clan, and class – and it extends beyond the state’s national borders, serving as a focal point of political and cultural unification for non-nationals. The Empire consists of peoples and territories that have either been conquered – in order to gain natural geopolitical borders or to tame “restless” neighbors – or have voluntarily joined the ideal of human society that guides the Empire. The concept of Empire as statehood runs through the entire Russian civilization. When the state becomes an empire, it reaches the civilizational threshold, creating a totally self-sufficient state and cultural world of its own. Empire becomes the universal state. Its universality is manifest in the joint worldview dictated by religion, rather than by secular political and economic ideology. Continue reading →