Aleksandr Dugin is known as "Putin's brain." To my mind a good old-fashioned mystical fascist whose fantasy world need not long detain us. But then, but then.... by sneering, am I not setting him up as a straw man?
Take a look at the video above (five years old BBC Newsnight; the license fee justified in a ten minute clip.) Observe the guile and fluency (in English not his native Russian mark you) with which the tenets of post modernism are tethered to a reactionary agenda.
Is it not just lazy to dismiss him out of hand? It may be that, if he was never born, Ukraine might not be enflamed.
The Theory of a Multipolar World (16 Jun. 2021) £3.99 on Kindle. Shall I hold my nose and jump in?
Alexander Dugin's The Theory of a Multipolar World is a cheerful and optimistic view of a future in which humanity will reach its highest development. However, it will not be the uniform humanity pictured by the globalizing and leveling schemers and manipulators. Instead, old artificial borders will be dissolved and new natural divisions installed. Mankind will blossom in its manifold manifestations, namely the distinct civilizations and the ethnoses that breathe their souls into them. Drawing from a variety of philosophies from both the Right and Left, Dugin maps out the immediate goals and ultimate vision of this theory, and what is required to implement it.Multipolarity is the tapestry that creates a myriad of colorful potentialities rather than a single dead-end passage, whither an anonymous human mass is herded to languish till the end of days. According to Dugin, the Westphalian system of the sovereignty of nation-states has long since become obsolete and ceased to function. In its place will be erected a continental system of "large spaces" (in the Schmittian sense), where individuals are integrated in the social whole based on the insoluble bond of kinship and common tradition. It will be a time of high adventure, boundless curiosity and the rediscovery of what it truly means to be different and therefore able to think of unique solutions in lieu of standardized ones.
God help us that sounds like a load of old bollocks, but sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.