Dugin believes that the Eurasian state must incorporate all of the former Soviet states, members of the socialist block, and perhaps even establish a protectorate over all EU members. In the east, Dugin proposes to go as far as incorporating Manchuria, Xinxiang, Tibet, and Mongolia. He even proposes eventually turning southwest toward the Indian Ocean. __ The Man Who Has Putin’s
Putin’s current regional and global strategy appears to be modeled according to the cult philosophy of one Alexandr Dugin, a fiery ideologue of the Eurasianist ideological movement, and frequent guest on Russian state media. It is worth looking first at Dugin and his ideology of conquest before considering the idea that Dugin and his ideological comrades are nothing more than a convenient popular smokescreen to satisfy the more emotional and less intelligent of the Russian electorate — the ones whose votes are allowed to count in the mafia state.
Dugin’s ideology is one of conquest and genocide. He intends to take no prisoners.
For Dugin, the prime example of a conservative revolution was the radical, Nazi-sponsored north Italian Social Republic of Salò (1943–45). Indeed, Dugin continuously returned to what he saw as the virtues of Nazi practices and voiced appreciation for the SS and Herman Wirth’s occult Ahnenerbe group. In particular, Dugin praised the orthodox conservative-revolutionary projects that the SS and Ahnenerbe developed for postwar Europe, in which they envisioned a new, unified Europe regulated by a feudal system of ethnically separated regions that would serve as vassals to the German suzerain. It is worth noting that, among other projects, the Ahnenerbe was responsible for all the experiments on humans in the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. __
It is easy to pass off Dugin’s voluble diatribes as the ravings of a deranged mind, broken by some personal tragedy and beyond redemption. But Dugin has the ear of the man who has pulled Europe to the brink of World War III, and has threatened nuclear war on western civilisation.
It is worth looking more closely at Putin’s Rasputin, and the type of ideological mischief he is foisting on Russians via both Russian media and via his private lines to Putin’s brain.
Dugin conceives of Eurasia as being much larger than his predecessors ever did. For example, whereas Savitskii believed that the Russian-Eurasian state should stretch from the Great Wall of China in the east to the Carpathian Mountains to the west, Dugin believes that the Eurasian state must incorporate all of the former Soviet states, members of the socialist block, and perhaps even establish a protectorate over all EU members. In the east, Dugin proposes to go as far as incorporating Manchuria, Xinxiang, Tibet, and Mongolia. He even proposes eventually turning southwest toward the Indian Ocean.
… Since the early 2000s, Dugin’s ideas have only gained in popularity. Their rise mirrors Putin’s own transition from apparent democrat to authoritarian. In fact, Putin’s conservative turn has given Dugin a perfect chance to “help out” the Russian leader with proper historical, geopolitical, and cultural explanations for his policies. Recognizing how attractive Dugin’s ideas are to some Russians, Putin has seized on some of them to further his own goals.
… Dugin’s ideology has influenced a whole generation of conservative and radical activists and politicians, who, if given the chance, would fight to adapt its core principles as state policy. Considering the shabby state of Russian democracy, and the country’s continued move away from Western ideas and ideals, one might argue that the chances of seeing neo-Eurasianism conquer new ground are increasing. Although Dugin’s form of it is highly theoretical and deeply mystical, it is proving to be a strong contender for the role of Russia’s chief ideology. Whether Putin can control it as he has controlled so many others is a question that may determine his longevity. __ Putin’s Brain
One might think that the Russian Orthodox religion and neo-Eurasianism could find themselves in conflict over the soul of Russia. But Putin seems to have reconciled the religious and mystical ideologies, using his total control of state media and state religion for a level of control over the population’s emotions and thoughts that Obama and Hollande can only wish for in their dreams.
Putin has ridden the modern Russian mafia state to great personal power and wealth. He does not wish to lose either — and he is not averse to using any tool of power to maintain his control. Neo-eurasianism — much like Russian Orthodoxy — provides a convenient tool for control of the unthinking masses. It also provides a convenient smokescreen to obscure how the oligarchy is stripping the wealth of Russia — like vulture capitalists stripping a hostile acquisition.
Putin and his fellow mafia oligarchs will ride the ideological horse as far as it can take them toward further wealth and consolidation of control. Putin must imagine that as soon as Dugin becomes an inconvenience, he can strip him of his professorship at Moscow State University and prevent him from publishing in Russia or appearing on state media. Perhaps he can, if he does not wait too long.
Western Russophiles, paleo-conservatives, and certain factions of the dark enlightenment, look at Dugin’s ideology and see a potential tool against politically correct western liberalism. Thinking that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” they appear to see the war-like ideology of bloody conquest as a potential tool of their own. Perhaps with “a tweak here and a tweak there,” neo-Eurasianism can be converted into a western tool against entrenched leftist systems of Idiocracy and dysgenics.
But that approach would only work for those who seek power for themselves — not for those who wish to empower wiser and more intelligent human populations to move into an abundant and expansive future.
The best use for such a deeply flawed ideology is to use it as a feint, a smokescreen, and a distraction. Which is what Putin seems to be doing — unless one believes that Putin wants to lead the world into a hellish new age of war.
… the United States and Germany have stepped up their presence inside the Baltics and Poland since the annexation of Crimea. Elite special forces have been rotated into the three Baltic republics. Military equipment will be prepositioned in Poland. In March, NATO announced that it would hold exercises in western Ukraine at the end of September—exercises that look a lot like practice for a defensive war against a Russian invasion of an Eastern European country. Just this past week, NATO agreed to form a new “very high-readiness” brigade that could quickly deploy anywhere in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, U.S.-led sanctions are exerting an ever-tightening grip on the Russian economy. Earlier this week, one gas-industry insider told The Financial Times that without access to U.S. technology, Russia’s hopes to develop a liquefied natural-gas industry would be squashed “like a bug.” __ http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/09/obama-commitment-eastern-europe-russia-nato/379581/
And the beat goes on . . . .
More: Dugin has always been relatively transparent about his aims. In this piece he explains why Russia must go to war against Ukraine. Elsewhere he justifies war against any other political entity he sees as standing in the way of a massive Eurasian empire under Russia, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Besides the ugly stark reality of a Russia in dangerous decline, other obstacles loom to the realisation of Dugin’s bloody dream. Other nations of Eastern Europe — which have not yet been invaded by Putin’s pawns and cats-paws — remember the harsh conditions they suffered under the Soviet Union. Now that some of them have achieved ascendancy within the EU, they are not likely to let “Old Europe” forget its past failures and future obligations.
Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine adventure brings back painful memories in Warsaw. Old Europe’s limp reaction to Russia’s invasion and Washington’s feeble “red lines” are even more painful. Poles have heard the same hollow reassurances before. London and Paris did not react to the Anschluss of Austria in March 1938 or the occupation of the Sudetenland in October of that year. The next year, as Germany invaded Poland and divided it up with the Soviet Union, the Allies dismissed the significance of what they termed the “Phoney War”. Poles remember Churchill’s betrayal at Yalta – standing aside as the Soviets seized Poland – and snub from victory celebrations in London, despite contributions of some 20,000 Polish airmen in the British Armed Forces. Many Poles watching Western inaction amid Ukraine’s descent into war are experiencing déjà vu.
Poland, however, has come a long way from the rubble of 1945 and the mayhem of 1989. The Third Polish Republic has been a great success, but other post-communist states were not so lucky. Poland has become a model for post-Soviet rehabilitation: its successful democratic transition has made it a longtime friend of reformers from countries of the former USSR. Today, Ukrainians trust Poland – the only EU state bordering their country and Russia – more than any other country. __ The Polish Way