The Barnes Review November/December 2021




From The Barnes Review, November/December 2021

Personal From the Editor 


 It’s nearly the Christmas season again. Colored lights are going up and stockings are being hung by the space heater with care. Soon you’ll be getting that yearly visit from the chubby man in the red coat trimmed in white fur. Here in America, St. Nicholas (or Santa Claus as we call him) travels solo, accompanied only by his reindeer. But, in many nations in Europe, St. Nick comes with a wide array of helpers, many of them terribly frightening characters. These include Krampus—a devilish figure with horns and hooves who kidnaps children, and the bearded and solemn Knecht Ruprecht, said to have been a “wild foundling” St. Nicholas raised from child- hood—always ready to whip ill-behaved youngsters.

There is also Hans Trapp—the “Christmas Scarecrow”—who has been alleged in local European lore to have sliced up and eaten bad kids. The companions of Santa were not the only mysterious fauna making their homes in the remote woods of old Europe. Perchta, for instance, might be found wandering the countryside of France. She is thought to be a shape-shifting witch who fills children’s stomachs with straw. In Bulgaria, tall and hairy Babugeri are on the prowl. In Poland, straw-wrapped monsters with paddles parade through towns. In Slovenia, wild beast-men in furs roam the woods scaring any local inhabitants. In Sardinia, the Mamuthones appear in hides and masks and adorn themselves with cow bells.

The list goes on and on, from the Iberian peninsula to Mongolia. Today, the frightening Krampus has immigrated all the way to America, appearing at raucous festivals in places as diverse as upscale Northeast Washington, D.C. all the way to the hills of Appalachia and beyond. Why? Why do our European brethren include such dark and terrifying characters in their most important Christian celebrations? Who are some of the bone-chilling creatures that pop up in European solstice mythology, and what was their primordial inspiration? And why do so many cultures believe half-man beasts live in the deepest parts of the primeval forests? You can find the answers to these questions and more in our lead story by author Patrick Chouinard.

We have also included articles discussing the Yule celebrations of the SS, the successful Wilmington insurrection, Bella Dodd’s epiphany, the historical riddle of Birobidzhan, America’s first anti- immigration political party, the “wicked” Mexican-American War, a look at the Plains Indians through Western eyes, a condemnation of foreign intervention in the Mideast—and even more.

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Barnes Review Editorial


I am not sure what you have on your Christmas list this year, but I don’t think I will be getting anything I am asking for—again. Every year I look under the tree. Nothing. I figure I must have been a bad boy. Maybe Mrs. Claus buys into those naughty and nice lists put out by the ADL and the SPLC. (Note to self: Send her a few sample issues of THE BARNES REVIEW.) What I am asking for should certainly be in the realm of possibility. All I have included are four simple requests. Assuredly, after all these years, Santa could bring me something— anything. Maybe just one of these? Here they are:

1. An honest politician.

2. No more stupid wars.

3. A real national border.

4. Freedom from government meddling in our lives.

I could ask for more, but I don’t want to be greedy. Problem is, I don’t think this is a good year to ask for any of these gifts. The way things are going, nobody will be getting any Christmas presents from Santa this year. He is up to his sack in trouble. First off, the man has an eating problem. He certainly qualifies for the No. 1 comorbidity for negative Covid-19 outcomes. Eating the cookies he does—loaded with trans fats—on Christmas Eve certainly hasn’t helped. And, at the speed he travels in that sleigh, any mask he chooses to wear will blow off. That’s a workplace violation.

But he has even bigger problems. Supply-chain delays and parts problems are threatening to bring toy production to a grinding halt. The last container ship from China is still sitting at the edge of the North Pole waiting to be un- loaded. Needless to say, global warming has already set Santa behind quota significantly. Just last week, 10 palettes of “Transgender Ken” and “Gender Fluid Barbie” dolls floated away on an iceberg. “Ho, ho, oh, no,” he shouted, as they slipped into the ocean. (Maybe he should have moved the facility to Texas, like everybody else.) Santa wasn’t sure he was going to keep the operation open anyway. The inflationary cost of raw materials has skyrocketed over the last year, and most of his machinery and tractor trailers still require petroleum products. It’s too bad Joe Biden killed Santa’s half-finished oil pipeline. But what good are factories and trucks and offices when you don’t have any employees?

According to an anonymous source inside the union, 55% of the elves are refusing to comply with the vaccine mandates. They have until Dec. 15 to show their proof of vaccination cards or be terminated. That’s a bad time of year to be thrown out into the cold, but there is some good news. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has promised the elves a “safe space” in sunny Florida where they can start up their own small production facility, mask- and vaccine-free. But, all in all, it looks like this may be the year to listen to Dr. Anthony Grouchy and decisively and definitively cancel Christmas. It sounds like it’s just going to be too much of a pain.

Climate change has dried up the cranberry bogs, antibiotic-fed gobblers are in short supply, the GMO sweet potato fields were flooded by Hurricane Ida, and the Pillsbury Dough Boy can’t get his buns to Walmart. To heap on more misery, a new report from the CDC is claiming reindeer could be the intermediate hosts implicated in the animal-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV- 2. The Biden administration is insisting they, too, be vaccinated. Comet, who recovered from Covid in July, says his natural immunity is enough. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told Santa: “Get him vaccinated or Comet can help solve the venison shortage.” Santa was already considering cutting down his deliveries to areas where police departments have been de- funded. No way he wants to be handing out presents in downtown Chicago these days. And the entire city of Portland—very naughty for several years, save for a few well- behaved souls—has had a big red X placed over it on the sleigh’s GPS.

Santa had hoped, however, to make a special trip to deliver extra presents to many of the parents in Loudoun County, Virginia for being good boys and girls by battling political correctness in their children’s schools. And, of course, Santa also had a huge bag of anthracite coal mined by Joe Biden himself to hand out. Specifically, though, he had one huge lump saved for Attorney General Merrick Garland after he sicced the FBI on parents who’ve objected too loudly to Critical Race Theory.

Oh, well. … Thankfully, none of this stuff is necessary for us grown- ups to celebrate and enjoy Christmas. As the Grinch him- self said in the popular children’s book, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more.” We don’t really even need Santa Claus. He’s a commercialized usurper, anyhow. All we really need is our families and a little bit of faith. Faith in a higher power. Faith in our fellow man. Faith that what we are going through right now is just a bout of mass temporary insanity. That’s all we really need to defeat the Grinches who are trying to control every aspect of our lives these days—from what we put in our bodies to when we can worship to what kind of vehicles we drive and how much money we should have in our bank accounts. Perhaps I should simplify my Christmas list to one wish: Dear Santa—Please tell them to leave us alone.

—PAUL ANGEL, Executive Editor

The Barnes Review





BY PATRICK CHOUINARD  All across the world, Christians celebrate the birth of Christ in their own traditional way. But some of the festivities are downright scary. For instance, in Alpine European nations, a devilish figure named Krampus shows up to help St. Nick deliver gifts and kidnap bad kids. Who is he, and where did he come from?


BY MICHAEL WALSH  Were the leaders of the Third Reich god- less heathens or were they looking for a more folkish religion based upon the ancient traditions of their people? In this article, TBR recounts the Yule practices of the SS.


BY MARC ROLAND  Insurrection: It’s a word we have heard mentioned a lot in the news recently. If you believe what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was a real, live “insurrection,” think again. Here is the tale of the only truly successful insurrection in U.S. history.


BY RONALD L. RAY  Once an ardent Communist acolyte for the radical left, Bella Dodd finally opened her eyes to the threat posed by Bolshevism and Marxism. In the 1950s and 1960s, Dodd risked everything to expose the insidious movement she had once so proudly promoted. Her warnings should be taken quite seriously today, as well.


BY MATTHEW RAPHAEL JOHNSON, PH.D. Many nations throughout history have dealt with what has become known as “the Jewish Question.” In particular, could a homeland be established for them? Josef Stalin thought a perfect spot would be in far east Russia. But why did his “Birobidzhan Plan” fail?


BY RÉMI TREMBLAY  Today, America faces an immigration crisis worse than anything we have seen before. Democrats embrace mass immigration while Republicans feign powerlessness to stop it. But there was once a political party in America dedicated to halting mass immigration. Who were the Know Nothings, and what happened to America’s first anti-immgration party?


BY ANTONIUS J. PATRICK  As supporters of a true America-first national policy, TBR opposes war in all its forms. Wars have, in the words of TBR founder Willis A. Carto, done more to harm the White race than any other thing. Telling the truth about America’s wars, he believed, was the first step toward stopping them. In this article, TBR hon- estly reviews the Mexican-American War and finds it to be one based on the wrong reasons.


BY EARL DENNY  How many of America’s foreign interventions in the last 100 years have been waged to protect U.S. national security interests? Very few is the answer. In this article, journalist Earl Denny recounts America’s history of meddling in the Mideast and shows that our wars on Iraq, in particular, were unjust and have simply fueled more suffering.


BY THOMAS GOODRICH  During brief times of peace on the High Plains, some Whites wanted to learn more about the lives of the American Indian. Was he the noble savage portrayed by idealistic authors? How did the Red man treat his womenfolk? What happened to cowardly braves? What did they think of Whites? And what of those who had visited the White man’s cities?

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