Aleksandr Dugin (passim) came up in the latest edition of Alastair Campbell and Rory Setwart's podcast The Rest is Politics as "the mysterious ideologue that some believe is the brains behind Putin." Perhaps he is becoming more than just a fringe interest for policy wonks such as myself?
In other political developments I saw Siobhan, our MP, in the Co-op when it opened at seven o'clock this morning. She was buying the papers. Also I have got £10 on Marine Le Pen to win the French Presidential election. (Note, this doesn't mean I think she should win.) I was talking to Lee about it at half time in the Chelsea Arsenal game. Like all Reilly s he has a betting app on his phone. He checked and told me she was eight to one. A tenner passed hands and he placed the wager on my behalf.
Further, I was reading What Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance, and Others Are Learning From Curtis Yarvin and the New Right in Vanity Fair. Curtis Yarvin (also known by the pen name Mencius Moldbug, God help us) is yet another swivel-eyed loon; not so much Dugin inspired as Duginesque. I will be treating any future interventions in public life from billionaire Peter Thiel with a great deal of suspicion here on in.