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John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”


John ZmirakFyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Possessed (1872) tells us a story of reckless intellectuals, ungrounded in faith or reason, who turn their peaceful society into an apocalyptic nightmare. That Russian novelist wasn’t just depicting such an outcome.

He was predicting it. Himself a recovering revolutionary, he saw that hunger for needed reforms had long ago curdled into pure, destructive fury — a gnostic hatred for the world as it existed, and hence the God who’d made it. The promised Utopias of various radical theories weren’t really the goal. They were just the fig leaf, the highfalutin’ excuse for lying, stealing, grabbing power and killing … which weren’t bugs but features. The Purge was the point. …

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