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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907166653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907166655
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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If the French New Right or Traditionalist Metaphysics are your cup of tea. And, if you think that Americanism might be a threat to both meaning, measure and community, there is a world of new and original thinkers abounding who will ease your way out of the long irrelevant right - left dichotomy. Alexander Dugin is a major force among them. Whether they will be able to rally the forces of spirit, organic life and plain common sense against globalist, secularist totalitarians in time to save European man or, ineed, the planet itself, remains to be seen. Meantime, buy this book and step beyond Obama - Romney childishness.
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"Those who do not agree with liberalism find themselves in a difficult situation - the triumphant enemy has dissolved and disappeared; now they are left struggling against the air. How can one engage in politics, if there is no politics?" (page 12).

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.
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Dugin invites the reader to his project of forming the "Fourth Political Theory," a new rival and successor to the preceeding three ideologies of the twentieth century- liberalism, communism, and fascism/ns; of which the second and third were defeated by the first, liberalism, which now is unopposed a la Fukuyama's "end of history."

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.
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Most of the political theories that we now embrace are failing us. And even though this book was primarily directed at the Russian polity, it is significant for the rest of the world for many reasons.
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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