|This documentation appears in the April 19, 2002 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Christendom College's Fascist Heroes
The nominally Catholic, but fascist clique we describe here, traces its intellectual roots directly to the 1930s pro-Fascist alliance between the "Nashville Agrarians," heirs of the Ku Klux Klan, and the "Distributist" movement founded by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. This alliance, and its continuation in the post-war "Conservative Revolution" associated with the Buckley family, is described in detail in "Seduced From Victory: How the Lost Corpse Subverts the American Intellectual Tradition" (EIR, Aug. 3, 2001).
The religion of the Agrarian/Distributist alliance was outlined by Agrarian leader John Crowe Ransom in his 1930 book, God Without Thunder. He insisted that all religions should abandon any idea of a benevolent God, especially the Christian notion, which he derided as the "half-man, half-god" Jesus Christ, and revert to the pre-Christian notion of the "God of Thunder," a terrible scourge rather than benefactor of humanity. Any notion that man is made in God's image, or shares in God's creative capacity, was to be banned.
As the Catholic arm of this movement, the Distributists attacked the Renaissance which promoted the Church as a moral institution, in favor of the "Donation of Constantine" myth that the Church, by gift from Emperor Constantine, was authorized to rule the Western world.
In furtherance of their program of re-establishing the Empire with the Roman Church at its head, the Distributists attacked the founding of the United States as a heresy, in such works as Christopher Hollis' The American Heresy. They worshipped Italy's Benito Mussolini and Spain's Francisco Franco as the heroes of the new empire. Although various Distributists at times expressed concerns about the direction Hitler's Nazis took, they applauded the Nazis' attacks on the civil rights of Jews, and insisted that all nations should revoke the citizenship of Jews, as incapable of loyalty to any nation other than the (then non-existent) "Jewish" nation. They endorsed Hitler's "Distributist" economic policies, and consistently, through at least 1939, were against any American or European opposition to the military conquests of Mussolini and Hitler.
The fealty of our present-day "Christendom" clique to the Agrarian-Distributist alliance is indicated by the following: