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Alexander E. Ronnett, MD Faust Bradescu, PhD - The Legionary Movement in Romania - Journal of Historical Review Volume 7 No. 2

Alexander E. Ronnett, MD Faust Bradescu, PhD - The Legionary Movement in Romania - Journal of Historical Review Volume 7 No. 2

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The Legionary Movement in Romania*
ALEXANDER
E.
RONFJEIT,
MD.
FAUn
BRADESCU,
Ph.D.
t is
the
authors' observation
that
most people make
the
mistake ofnot considering socio-politicai phenomena
in
their
natural
context
in
der
o
discover the
legitimate
causes,
the
true
sense
of
their
development, and especially
their
importance
in
the environmentwhich fostered them. Carried away by the passion of
political
convictions or
by
the hope of immediate
benefits,
they reduce everyphenomenon
to
a linear
problem:
good
or
bad,
to
be
accepted orrejected.Moreover, governments, the authorities, ''muon''
in
the samemanner. This maintains
an
atmosphere of suspicion andmisunderstanding and
is
detrimental
to
the awakening ofconsciousness to what we believe
am
certain essential
truths.
In
addition, when the age
has
been ravaged by bloody
conflicts
andwhen bad memories or
hates
are
not yet
dissipated,
n~-g is easier
than
to
maintain
this partial and prejudiced
way
of judging matterseach
time
that circumstances
bring
the discussion of such a problembefo~he public.
*Ed
Note:
The
awhors
4
the
fdlowing
article
me
bosh
members
of
and
avowed
partisans
qf
the
Legbury
Movement.
The
ldy
4
the
RomMion
LegioMIy
Movement
has
most
oftenbeenportrayed
in
an
antagonisticlight.
We
feel
that this
actively
partisan
treatment,
based
as
it
is
on
Movement
documents
and
atensive
interviews
with
Movement
members,
will
help
in
its
way
as
an
alternote
reading
ahd
alternate primary source
on
thh
wntroversIfllperiod
of
Rolrnanimr
and
European
history.
 
THE
OURNAL
OF
~~~
EVIEW
This
disposition of the public to a puerile partisanship ismanipulated by those who are interested in compromising, or even
in
annihilating, a historical, political, or social truth. They knowthat
the
mass man:
...
educes everything to his personal conception, considering
as
false and dangerous anything which does not confonn to histhoughts;
.
is incapable of placing himself in the socio-historical context ofthe phenomenon
in
order to judge it according to reality, nor doeshe manage to make abstraction from his own reality, andcomparisons
are
reduced to what seems just and perfect inrelationship to himself;
...
nd is influenced by what the press disseminates without everbeing able to perceive the lies, exaggerations and perfidiousinsinuations which infest most of these communications.Therefore, playing upon these attitudes of the mass man, it iseasy for dishonest people to direct even the most
liberal
andintelligent opinion and to lead the most honest
and
just people intoerror. That is not surprising, for, if the coalition of detractors isalways powerful (because it works on
the
ease
of emotional anduncontrollable arguments), those who
are
the target of
this
relentless propaganda
are
most often
those
who are ill-equipped
to
defend themselves. People
are
not sufficiently dist.m&bl of thiskind of sporadic attack, which is of little documentary
importance.
In
the long
run,
or lack of pertinent refutation, these hoaxes end upbeing considered
as
authentic documents
and
the
game is won.
Thus
prejudice and the distortion of reality become lethalweapons capable of
confusing
the soundest
minds
and creating anundercurrent of hate or distrust toward cedn socio-politicaldoctrines which
are
valuable. Such is the
case
of the RomanianLegionary Movement. The purpose of this synthesis is to help
the
public reach a more accurate undemanding of
the
Movement,
as
viewed by its former members.
Those
who
have
read
only the stories
spread
by
the
persistentdetractors of
the
thinking, educational methods, and activities of
this
spiritual movement have
acquired
a picture of a blood-thirstyterrorist organization That is totally unjust
and
far from
the
t~th
A
doctrine
which
seeks
to modify
an
individual's spiritualstructure
in
order
to
make
him
a
better,
more
intelligent and morehonest person,
a
dochine
whose foundatio-nS
are
morality
and
love
can
certainly
nsr
be
oemrist,
racist
or oligmhic. It
addmzes
itself
to
every individual, regardless of
race,
social
or
professionalposition, ~gardfess f
culture,
religion or philosophical opinion.
 
The
Legionary
Movement in Romania
What
is important in the realization of
this
"New
Man"
is
thetransformation of an ordinary person
into
an individual of quality.This new person can surpass himself by renouncing every tendencytoward hate, materialism
and
the
taste for power.One young
Italian
writer
had
the courage to go beyond theprejudices imposed by the enemies of the Legion of
the
ArchangelMichael (The Legionary Movement)
and
to go to the legitimatesources of Legionary Doctrine. This is what he says about theLegionary Movement:
Above
all,
one
thing
should
be
very clear
to
everyone:
The Legion of
the
Archangel Michael
is
not
a
party
as we undexstand
it, nor
a
pres-
sure
pup, nor a para-religious organization,
nor
in
any
way denorni-
national.
It
is
an absolutely original movemeat whose
primary
goal
and
purpose
are:
a spiritual and moral remwal, and
the
creation of anew individual-an individual who
will
stand
in
contrest
to
the
demomi-
tic
horn0
monmnkus,
who
is
essentially
pragmatic
and
egotistical.1
If,
up
until
now,
the
Legionary Movement has been presented ina derogatory light, it is because the foundations of its doctrine, aswell as its educational precepts,
ran
counter to
all
the politicalconceptions based on materialism and immorality.
In
it peoplediscovered a powerfd renewing force which in the long
run
would
be
capable of overthrowing the dominant conceptions of our mixed-up and indecisive world
-
ot only at the philosophical level, but
also
at the practical, socio-political level.
A
national mission and auniversal vocation were perceived in the strength of its exceptionalnorms. Such ideas
could
not help but disturb the political factionswhich were dominant or dreaming of dominationThat may seem unlikely, given that the doctrine in question arosefrom a
small
country, from the bosom of a people without
-
expansionist tendencies or pretensions. In
the
Legionary substancethere is, nonetheless, a spiritually based messianism whichaddresses every honest man who is bnscious of his human valueand who wishes to change the course of history. Change is broughtabout through the use of moral nonns
in
peoples' behavior and innations' lives; these nonns replace the egoism which is presentlydominant. Such modification
is
surely
difficult,
but certainly
not
impossible. This explains the doggedness with which the Legionarydoctrine and its members
are
still attacked today,
40
years after
the
Communist takeover of Romania
and
the
outlawing of theLegionary Movement. It
is
because
the
Legionary spirit persists,invisible but tenacious, anchored in the depths of the Romaniansoul
as
the
only salvation for
the
nation, and
perhaps
for the world,which
sees
and feels itself canied toward the abyss.

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