In , he and his friend Geydar Dzhemal joined the nationalist group Pamyat. He helped to write the political program for the newly refounded Communist Party of the Russian Federation under the leadership of Gennady Zyuganov. He believes that it was "by no means the racist and chauvinist aspects of National Socialism that determined the nature of its ideology. The excesses of this ideology in Germany are a matter exclusively of the Germans
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For example, he believes in a mythology that tens of thousands of years ago there were two ancient civilizations, one called Atlantis, and one called Hyperborea. Scientifically, these never existed, they are just myths. Dugin believes that the values of Atlantis were individualism, human rights, reason, science, cooperation, and order, and ultimately, things fundamentally grounded in an earthly existence, whereas the Hyperboreans had access to divine knowledge and a mysticism beyond the limits of this mere planet.
Dugin believes that Atlantis and Hyperborea were engaged in an ancient war over their totally different value sets and that this war continues to this day. Dugin believes that it is the ultimate theological destiny of Russia to lead modern day Hyperborean societies — including not only Russia, but all of Eurasia, from Korea to India to Portugal — away from a corrupt earthly existence and back to the pure, divine spiritual knowledge of the original Hyperboreans, resulting in the end of our world and the transformation of humanity to a divine existence.
Yes, you read that right -- he wants Russia to bring about the end of the world, in pursuit of the spiritual transformation of all of society. Now, this would all be crazy talk, except that Mr. And Mr. By the looks of it, Mr. And his eyes are increasingly on the Baltic countries and parts of Asia. So what does this all mean? Russia is doing this by encouraging far-right and nationalist political groups in the EU and in the U.
Thanks to a slower-than-hoped-for economic recovery from the crash, populist tendencies like this were already on the rise in the United States, but through propaganda and media and fake news and trolling , Russia is boosting the popularity of far-right groups in the Western world and undermining the credibility of Western institutions. When Donald Trump was announced the victor in the U. Though Donald is most likely unaware of it, this is a practice in lock step with the Eurasianist philosophy of sewing chaos in the West in order for Russia to consolidate its influence in Eurasia and lead to the ultimate spiritual transformation read: war, and the destruction of the United States and Western values.
Given all of these, the influence of Dugin and his Eurasianism serves as a convenient tool for Putin to consolidate his influence and project uncertainty into the hearts of traditional adversaries, like Western Europe and the United States.
Whether Putin is using Dugin or Dugin is using Putin more is a matter for debate, but by the looks of it, at the moment it is a symbiotic relationship that is destabilizing our society and culture. What can I do about it? We must unite against a foreign attempt to destroy our country by sowing chaos in our system by promoting neo-fascist causes.
We must reject the appeals of the far right and of the nationalists in all of our societies, recognizing them as a foreign influence, and expel them from our system as a body rejects an infection.
United in our resolve to ensure the survival of the Republic and the freedoms for which it stands, we will get involved in local politics by joining a school or planning board, or running for town council or county commission, to safeguard the integrity of the system at the ground level.
And it is always a good idea to re-read the Declaration of Independence , the Constitution , the Federalist Papers , and the writings of John Locke , Rousseau , Immanuel Kant , and other Enlightenment thinkers, to remember the values this country was built on.
Emily Fox contributed to this story. Note: This piece was updated on August 31, to add deeper nuance to the relationship between Duginist and Eurasianist groups in Russia and Europe, and their U.
John B. Dunlop is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His current research focuses on the conflict in Chechnya, Russian politics since , Russia and the successor states of the former Soviet Union, Russian nationalism, and the politics of religion in Russia. One perceptive observer of the Russian political scene, Francoise Thom, noted as far back as that fascism, and especially its "Eurasianist" variant, was displacing Russian nationalism among statist Russian elites as a post-communist "Russian Idea," especially in the foreign policy sphere. Euras[ianism] brings an ideological foundation for post-Soviet imperialism. He is said to have mastered at least nine of them.
Dugin’s Evil Theology
This evaluation seemed fair for the year , but since then the situation has clearly changed. Age of vice Dugin became involved in social activities in his late teens, when he joined the underground Yuzhinskiy literary circle, in which occultism, esotericism and fascist mysticism were the subjects of numerous discussions and a way to escape Soviet conformism. He also believed that a fascist revolution could end the present age of decay, and Eurasia. The ENR has always been a metapolitical movement; rather than aiming to participate in the political process, the ENR tried to pursue a strategy of modifying the postwar liberal democratic political culture. This strategy was adopted from the theory of cultural hegemony of Italian communist Antonio Gramsci The cultural hegemony can be considered as established when the ideology of a contesting political force is perceived as common sense within society. The ENR thinkers have supplied Dugin with the most important ideological ammunition that he employed to create Neo-Eurasianism.