Wayne Allensworth

Wayne Allensworth is a Corresponding Editor of Chronicles magazine. He is the author of The Russian Question: Nationalism, Modernization, and Post-Communist Russia, and a novel Field of Blood. He writes at American Remnant

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  • December 2001

    The Problem With Religious Secular Zealots

    Since September 11, I've heard it more than once and will likely hear it again. The argument goes like this: Yes, all this banal talk about Islam being a "religion of peace" is, of course, a lot of nonsense.

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  • September 2001

    What's Wrong With "Compassionate Conservatism"?

    When my family and I moved to Purcellville nearly ten years ago, I was surprised by how much traffic came through our little town.

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  • December 2000

    Apocalypse Now

    We are flying amid fluffy, white cottonball clouds that reach above us to tremendous heights, forming darker mountain peaks lined with crevices and tinged by the pinkish-orange glow of the setting sun.

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  • Wolfs Fang, Fox's Tail
    December 1999

    Wolfs Fang, Fox's Tail

    By March 1920, Russia's whites—an odd and disparate conglomeration of monarchists, anti-Bolshevik socialists, jaded liberals, reactionary clerics, frightened nobles, disinherited landowners, and loyalist army officers and soldiers—had turned what looked like certain victory over the Reds into an ignominious defeat.

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  • The "Suffering Love" of Patriots

    The Russian writer Valentin Rasputin, himself no lackey of the Soviet regime, once attacked Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn for having crossed the line where "war against communism became war against . . . Russia."

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  • Sources of Contention

    Cultural symbols are sources of contention everywhere. In Russia, a squabble over a monument rings a bell with this proud Southerner.

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  • January 1999

    The Face of Battle

    If you visit the American cemeteries near the beaches at Normandy—there are two of them—you may pick up a booklet describing the landings of June 6, 1944, as I did over 15 years ago.

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  • Preaching to a Strange Nation
    December 1998

    Preaching to a Strange Nation

    The Law on Religion passed this year by the Russian State Duma restricts the activities of "non-traditional" religions (Russian Orthodoxy, Judaism, Islam, and Catholicism were accorded "traditional" status), requiring a religious group to have been active in Russia for 15 years before acquiring certain legal rights, such as the right to own property.

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  • The "Russian" Mafia in America
    October 1998

    The "Russian" Mafia in America

    In October 1996, during testimony before a congressional committee, FBI Director Louis Freeh spent a good part of his time discussing international organized crime.

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  • To Hell and Back
    May 1998

    To Hell and Back

    "Will no one tell me what she sings? Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow / For old, unhappy far-off things. And Battles long ago." Wordsworth, perhaps, was prompted by recollections of an age before warfare meant the mechanized destruction of all in its path.

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  • Shifting Sands
    April 1998

    Shifting Sands

    The grand theme of P.D. James's work is man and his overwhelming sense of rootlessness, anxiety, and guilt in the knowledge of a crime unknown and a punishment outwardly denied in the post-Christian era, though inwardly anticipated.

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  • The Ghosts of Christmas Past
    December 1997

    The Ghosts of Christmas Past

    "Now in history," wrote Chesterton, "there is no Revolution that is not a Restoration." A collective memory, a vague but compelling collection of shadows that bind us to the past, seems to whisper a perennial, bittersweet hymn to the numbed ear of man, particularly modern man.

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  • November 1997

    White Self-Hatred and the Christian Spirit

    The Samaritan Project, according to a report in the Washington Times, was launched earlier this year and is funded by the Christian Coalition's "donor base." The Reverend Jackson's group received a grant of some $850,000 from the project to "rebuild burned churches."

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  • Getting to Know the General
    May 1997

    Getting to Know the General

    The rise to political prominence of former Airborne Forces General Aleksandr Lebed, and especially his emphasis on law and order as the only real basis for proceeding with reforms, has raised the specter in the Russian mind of the proverbial Man on a White Horse, the military savior whose iron-fisted rule puts the national house in order.

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  • The Russian Demon
    January 1997

    The Russian Demon

    From the pessimism of the early Chaadaev, the radical intelligentsia of 19th-century Russia moved to outright Russophobia, a hatred and fear of all things distinctly Russian.

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  • April 1996

    The Revival of Russian Paganism

    "The predisposition to religious belief," wrote sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, "is the most complex and powerful force in the human mind and in all probability an ineradicable part of human nature."

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  • Radical Populism on the Volga
    March 1996

    Radical Populism on the Volga

    On May 8, 1995, President Boris Yeltsin addressed an auditorium filled with gray-haired war veterans, their chests bedecked with rows of ribbons and medals, and told them of the cost of victory in the Great Patriotic War.

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  • March 1996

    Bond and Betrayal

    The early Bond films, like postwar film noir or "adult" Westerns, suited an era that did not require that its heroes be Boy Scouts, but was not yet prepared for the amoral antihero that Clint Eastwood would soon popularize in his squint-and-kill "spaghetti Westerns."

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  • The Nationalist Imperative
    February 1996

    The Nationalist Imperative

    The decentralized republic of our forebears was an agrarian one, as economically and socially supportive of the traditionalist philosophy of the early Americans as the feudal social structure was of medieval Christendom.

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  • Murder in the Wasteland
    September 1995

    Murder in the Wasteland

    The mystery, like Greek tragedy, the plays of Shakespeare, or American Western films, is, paradoxically, freed by the very confines of its formula to explore the human condition.

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