“The ideology driving Putin has a name: Eurasianism. The idea is to kill off, once and for all liberalism which is viewed as “the greatest threat to the ethno-cultural survival of all the earth’s people”. Those are the words of the man behind Putin, his informal but very vocal ideologue, Alexander Dugin. Eurasianism, the Eurasia Party and the International Eurasian Movement are his brainchildren.https://impakter.com/deadly-ideology-putin-eurasianism/
If you ain’t looked into Dugin yet, I strongly suggest doing so, if you wish to get closer to an understanding of our predicament in 2022. Dugin and his ideas have a direct impact on the invasion of Ukraine and the expansion of Russian space, geopolitically. However, Dugin has a whole heap of other thoughts he is known for, which crisscross many of my own pet interests and on-going study, best described by the tale of the tribe as defined by the late Robert Anton Wilson. (and by myself in my book: Fly On The Tale Of The Tribe)
Dugin seems to be a formidable intellectual opponent, and as repulsive and dangerous and elitist his ideas are, I strongly feel they need puncturing and addressing seriously, immediately. Not least due to what I view as adjacent ideologies sweeping across Europe, the UK, North America and the rest of the world, here called, the Western New Right. In taking on Dugin, and breaking down some of his arguments, I hope to simultaneously address the diseased heart of Putin’s Russia and its western counterpart traced through the double whammy blow to western unity: Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, through the lens of Steve Bannon in the U.S. and Dominic Cummings in the U.K.
As a side note, I published a poem 2 years ago titled Bannon Cummings Dugin, loosely focused on this trio of populist deception and confusion. I’m no expert in these areas, I hope to present my suspicions and best guesses, and I also hope acknowledging that can highlight, for starters, the process oriented philosophy and related neurological relativism that I see as a counter strike to dogmatic mystical tsarism. Here’s an example of my beloved Karl Popper, twisted into Dugin’s intricate geopolitical disinformation warfare:
Basing himself on Karl Popper, Dugin defines National Bolshevism as a “meta-ideology common to all the enemies of open society.” Indeed, what is most important for him is that right-wing and left-wing totalitarian ideologies are united in their refusal to accord a central role to the individual and to place it above the collectivity, be it social or national.Marlene Laruelle, Aleksandr Dugin: A Russian Version of the European Radical Right?
One distinguishing feature of Dugin from Bannon and Cummings, seems to me to be his explicit reference to esotericism, by way of his quasi-religious Traditionalism (Traditional Conservatism), rooted in an array of esoteric traditions bent to fit his messianic white supremacist fantasy, or new axis of superpowers, distinct from he calls the Atlanticists (to mean the U.S.A. the U.K., and Western Europe, not the lost city of Atlantis, although he’d probably have a thread about it in his labyrinthine imagination).
Dugin seems to be able to insult and debase religious and spiritual traditions, while at the same time taking bits of them that he likes, and puzzling them together into a Q-anon-like global deep state geopolitical conspiracy. In some sense Dugin is more of a candidate for Q than either Bannon or Watkins, his study and research and practice of occultism plus his geopolitical paranoia, plus his ability to conflate classic left/right ideologies puts him among the roots of the Q-anon movement. Q-anon, like Brexit and European conspiracy mongering has the hallmarks of a Dugin fantasy, resulting in mass demoralization of the west, confusion and paranoia everywhere: trust nobody, they’re all the same, liars. Reports such as the following do not help and only fan the flames of hatred:
For example, in 2016 the US–based Christian evangelical organization the World Congress of Families held its annual international conference in Tbilisi, uniting ultraconservative, anti-LGBT+ activists from around the world and featuring local speakers including Patriarch Ilia II and the infamous Levan Vasadze. Former US president George W. Bush expressed his support for the gathering in a public letter that was read onstage.April Gordan, A New Eurasian Far Right Rising (2020)
Who can know how much of Dugin’s intellectual poison has reached Putin? Dugin himself would probably say he was against the invasion of Ukraine, just because that’s what the contrarian would say, or just to add to his self-mythologising and popular appeal. Perhaps Putin suddenly took some parts of Dugin’s rhetoric about War and strength and Eurasia, and decided to give it a go and expand his space, show military aggression and flex it’s dogmatic muscles on the world stage? I don’t know. What I do strongly suspect is that by delving deeper into Dugin’s mind you’ll get a panoramic view of the global conflict, and see the sordid array of Arayan idealists, kleptocratic poster boys and oligarchic engineers. If the phrase “know thy enemy” is anything to go by we’ve all got a lot of reading and some dark and dangerous corridors to investigate to get a handle on Dugin and so by osmosis the sudden escalation of Russian expansion under Putin.
Dugin openly admits that the main sources of his ideology are non-Russian anti-democratic concepts.Andreas Umland, Neo-Eurasianism”, the question of Russian fascism and Russian political discourse.
Putin aside, and Bannon and Cummings and Watkins and all the others who are seemingly influenced by the work of Dugin, I’d like to look at Dugin alone, and I’d like to pitch his wide range of geopolitical, religious Traditionalist, esoteric, conspiratorial, eschatological and psychological ideas against those of an equally formidable character on the subject matter, our man, Robert Anton Wilson.
In my estimation, and as I’ve described through dozens of articles, essays, albums and films, few individuals who lived through the 20th/21st century have managed to make sense out of it. Both humanitarian science/technology, physics, mathematics, biology, and arts, conspiracy theory, esotericism and some damn damn good humored jokes. I’m biased, but I view RAW’s collected output as an adequate response to the likes of Dugin and his lineage of dark-side intellectuals. RAW’s experiential knowledge of various occult and/or religious practices and his multi-model agnosticism, demonstrated by his careful written and spoken communications, tackle and take-down a notch much of the fascist, racist, xenophobic and barabaric ideologies at the root of the New Right Eurasianism of Putin/Dugin.
“Dugin writes, “there must be placed one fundamental principle–the principle of ‘a common enemy.’ A negation of Atlanticism, a repudiation of the strategic control of the United States, and the rejection of the supremacy of economic, liberal market values–this represents the common civilizational basis, the common impulse which will prepare the way for a strong political and strategic union”John B Dunlop, Aleksandr Dugin’s Foundations of Geopolitics
Whereas Dugin promotes a pluralism of global disturbance and eschatological end-times, Wilson promotes a pluralism of empathic understanding, solidarity and optimism based on technological advancement coupled with neurological relativity, a minarchy of self-owning one’s, or individualist mutualist syndicalists. Where Dugin uses language and symbols to manipulate his readers to question everything and follow a god-like authority, Wilson uses language and symbols to seduce his readers into questioning everything, thinking for themselves in a secular manner and finding the others. Both writers have an uncanny ability to cause you to think differently about the left/right axis of politics, however one of them is a part of Vladamir Putin’s inner circle and the other isn’t. Perhaps it’s time those shouting about protecting western democracy and defeating the new Russian threat supported independent artists, writers and critics of the Robert Anton Wilson school, grass roots organizations, publishers, media savvy fun loving peaceful warriors who wish to help with their skills, yet are underfunded and largely ignored by mainstream, for profit, news media and learning institutions imho.
Faith and docility are the bulwarks of Tsarism; any hint of scientific knowledge, rationality or even plain “horse sense” among the serfs are its major worries, and it blocks them every way it can. No Tsar will ever lavish such praise on scientists or other professional skeptics as [Barry] McCaffery lavishes on the faithful and the sheep-herders who lead and fleece them.Robert Anton Wilson, TSOG: The Thing That Ate The Constitution. (2000)
“If you want to fight, you better organize”Dr Marshmallow Cubicle, Stop The Cuts.
Another sharp contrast between the two esotericists is Wilson’s understanding of general semantics and his explicit willingness to encourage readers, whoever they be, to think clearly and use the tools he’s offering up for the betterment of themselves and their community. Dugin appeals to militarists and sociopathic hard-men with his mapping of Aryan Traditions and elitist boasting. Wilson satirizes and mocks such anal-territorial pontifications using both non-fiction and fiction. Then there’s conspiracy theory. Then Q-anon. Then there’s Putin’s shadow. How much from the Dugin school of political conspiracy mongering is manifest right where you are sitting now?
Aleksandr Dugin: A Russian Version of the European Radical Right? by Marlene Laruelle is an excellent place to start if you’re not so familiar with Dugin. My only critique of my sources used here, is the authors do not aim to provide much of a rebuttal and/or suggested reading list to help combat these powerful truths uncovered. Where are the good guys in this fight? RAW accompanied his critical writings on sordid entities with maps, models and new metaphors to help build an alternative to the obstacles and entities invoked by the research, i.e,. multi model agnosticism, neurological relativity, interacting mind-body nervous-system processing, non-simultaneously apprehended plurality.
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01/03/2022. Trondheim, Norway.
Gehlen was not only a master spy but a wizard negotiator. Within a week, he was out of his Nazi uniform and into a U.S. Army General’s uniform; the U.S. intelligence services, in return, got the info about the Soviets, including access to Gehlen’s agents in the Soviet government — a group of Mystical Tsarists who had infiltrated both the Red Army and the KGB.Robert Anton Wilson, TSOG: The Thing That Ate The Constitution.
“The early-20th century Eurasianist ideology of a part of the Russian emigration and modern neo-Eurasianism developed by Aleksandr Dugin has been declared the main ideology of the organization. On its website, the movement declared the West and in particular the United States as its main opponent and termed it as the “main evil”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Youth_Union
The anti-Americanism of the Japanese, “who remember well the nuclear genocide and the disgrace of political occupation,” must be unleashed, as well as the fervent anti- Americanism of fundamentalist Muslim Iranians (234, 241). On a global scale, Dugin declares, “the main ‘scapegoat’ will be precisely the U.S.John B Dunlop, Aleksandr Dugin’s Foundations of Geopolitics.
“In 2005, Dugin was invited to participate at an inaugural meeting of the British New Right group organised by Troy Southgate, a former British National Front activist and currently a self-confessed New Rightist.Anton Shekhovtsov, Aleksandr Dugin’s Neo-Eurasianism: The New Right à la Russe.
Dugin advances various occultist lines of reasoning in favor of this Hyperborean theory, drawing on the mystique of the alphabets, sounds, numbers, and geometric symbols, references to the Kabbala, alchemy, Hermeticism, Gnosticism, the law of astrological correspondences, parallels with Iranian and Indian culture, etc.Marlene Laruelle, Aleksandr Dugin: A Russian Version of the European Radical Right?
Tsarism represents an intermediate form between European monarchism and Asian despotism, being, possibly, closer to the latter of these two.Leon Trotsky, Russia’s Social Development and Tsarism. (Re-quoted from TSOG)