Friday, June 17, 2016

Review of two books of Alexander Dugin

  • Dugin, Alexander. Eurasian Mission: An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism. London: Arktos, 2014.180 pp.
  • Dugin, Alexander. The Fourth Political Theory. London: Arktos, 2014. 212 pp.
The first of the two books by Alexander Dugin reviewed here, Eurasian Mission, is what its subtitle says, “An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism,” where “Neo-Eurasiansim,” a commonly accepted name for Dugin’s ideology, is considered a form of fascism by a number of experts of right-wing extremism. Dugin himself uses both “Eurasianism” and “Neo-Eurasianism” almost interchangeably, thus explicitly implying his ideology’s kinship to Eurasianism, the interwar Russian émigré movement that was openly anti-Western and argued that Russian culture was closer to Turanian, rather than European, cultures. However, Dugin’s Neo-Eurasianism has very limited relation to Eurasianism, having its roots largely in the Western intellectual traditions such as Integral Traditionalism, National-Bolshevism, and imperialist geopolitical theories.

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Arktos has established itself as the principal publisher in English of the writings of the European “New Right” school of political thought (including original translations of works by its luminaries Alain de Benoist, Guillaume Faye and Pierre Krebs). We have also issued the first translations into English of the prominent Russian geopolitical thinker Alexander Dugin, who has served as an adviser to Vladimir Putin, as well as several works by the noted Italian traditionalist philosopher, Julius Evola. Our books have garnered praise from across the political spectrum, from the pages of The American Conservative to AdBusters. In April 2013, the noted paleoconservative magazine The American Conservative ran a praiseful review of our collection of essays by Prof. Paul Gottfried, one of the principal paleoconservative thinkers, entitled War and Democracy. Likewise, excerpts from our book by the Finnish radical ecologist, Pentti Linkola’s Can Life Prevail?, were included in issue 95 of the famed countercultural magazine AdBusters, which was published in May/June 2011, simultaneously with its first calls for what became the Occupy Wall Street movement. Arktos has also begun publishing works by members of the growing identitarian youth movement that has just recently arisen and begun flourishing throughout Europe.

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