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The Relevance of Russian Tradition

My first exposure to Alexander Dugin came via YouTube, when I discovered Vladimir Pozner’s 2014 interview with the controversial theorist.  Marred somewhat by cultural relativism, Dugin’s critique of Anglo-American empire nonetheless contained more depth than a year’s supply of the Washington Post.  Civilization cannot exist without a willingness to use lethal force on its behalf, observed Dugin, nor can any regime afford to tolerate active traitors in positions of power—and for all the Western moaning about Russian censorship, the liberal system has its own ways of neutralizing domestic criticism.  He also qualified his well-known anti-Americanism:

[I]f [Americans] go the way of isolationism or like some right-wing politicians—Ron Paul, Buchanan—suggest, they will simply transform instantly into either our allies or at a minimum into a power indifferent to us.

In response, Pozner—a kind of Russian Phil Donahue—appeared content to fall back on utterly predictable cant: Why would anyone say that the queer lobby aims to dominate us when all they want is decent treatment?  How can you speak of violence when Jesus was a pacifist?  My impression of Dugin was favorable, especially insofar as his opinions stood out against Pozner’s.

Dugin identifies with the Old Believers, a cluster of schismatic...

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