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The Fourth Political Theory Paperback – July 20, 2012
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Alexander Dugin, presumably known to some from the overview of Traditionalism by Dr. Mark Sedgwick: Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century, and to others from his involvement in the European New Right, albeit on the periphery of this movement, as detailed in New Culture, New Right: Anti-Liberalism in Postmodern Europe and Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right. He is well-known in his homeland of Russia, both as a media and intellectual personality, moving in the high circles of his native Moscow, and according to some he's even got the ear of president Putin, on some issues. Russia is a complicated nation, being both very nationalist and at the same time highly multi-ethnic, in addition to being torn between liberalism and the alternatives to liberalism offered (at least in the past) by their own communist past and of course their traditional Orthodox national (imperial, if you will) position. Dugin, this stormer of the heavens, as he would be branded in the Germanic world, with this book attempts to move beyond these three deadlocked positions and come up with something "new", alas, the title of the book.Read more ›
He calls for the imagining of future values drawn with inspiration from the Eternal; and from Tradition, the source of timeless pre-modern values as antidote to the soul crushing, identity destroying consumerism and individualism of liberalism. So this book is not a construction of a dogmatic theory; but rather an invitation to a conversation about what will the next anti-liberal theory of history will consist.
While his work principally concerns certain geopolitical considerations most important to Russia, it may also have relevance alike to the Far East, which still finds itself torn between modernity and tradition (as in Soseki's Kokoro) and to the EU and even America, which although the standard bearers of liberalism, remain increasingly atomized and torn between the increasing social divisions arising both in spite of and also out of the very individualism that has located them at a foremost position for the time being.
And while his geopolitical Eurasianism is taken as a counterpoint to American global hegemony, there may be much that is said here showing what may be alternatives to the triumphal reign of individualism.
If nothing else it is an interesting expression of contemporary syncretic anti-liberalism. Whether or not the evident call to reconstruct a Golden age from this kali yuga is anything more than another howl from a man among the ruins remains to be seen.
First of all, this author is Putin's adviser, so we need to know where the thinking is coming from in the rest of the world.
Second, Dugin's political analysis applies just as well to the rest of the world.
Dugin says that we need a new political theory, that the 18th century liberalism that we have been operating from is no longer valid. He says that we should borrow from the past - religion and real values - and construct a new political theory that will engage these values and also update our societies to cope with the processes we now face. I agree with him. Liberalism grew out of the typographical era, when reading the printed word was king. We have long sense moved into the modern era of social media and computers and the Internet. We need to get to know one another better and quit regarding everyone as "the enemy of the month." This will entail electing political leaders that are more conscious of the global village and also the need for national identities as well. It's a good read and excellently translated. And it is an essential book!
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To me ... It was poorly written. A lot of the same phrases used through out the book. I felt like I was reading the same chapter over and over again.Published 18 days ago by Frank
Even if someone hates Dugin's views, everyone should bother to read his opus, because it makes sense of Putin's behavior and Russian policy, foreign and domestic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DANIEL J.
This book is very good at establishing a diagnose of the hipermodern (postmodern) society as described by neocons, but it seems to me that stay short in the proposition of a real... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doifel Videla-Schulz
Alexander Dugin is an incendiary figure, given to controversial actions and comments on current affairs. All you need to do is check out his biography on Wikipedia. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Peripatetic Reader
What this guy talks about is happening right now with Iran, Russia and China. He is truly a visionary.Published 8 months ago by john fletcher
Overall a decently written book detailing the failures of what Dugin sees as the 3 primary political philosophies of the 20th century: fascism, liberalism, and communism. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Celestine
In the present era liberalism (the first political theory) is dominant after having defeated both Marxism (the second political theory) and fascism/Nazism (the third political... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Rudgley
Dugin , as his photogs reveal, is a serious man - too serious for we in the West. His politics are of no interest to me but his "spiritual" / esoteric views are - because I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Geoffrey basil smith
Projected as belief based on the interpretation of our present world through timeless anti liberal philosophy, Alexander exposes an unavoidable path as all the usefulness of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kesha