Idiot’s Guide to Chaos: Some Passages from Dugin’s “4th PT” Left Untranslated Into English
Alexander Dugin has a strange habit of writing a book in Russian and than omitting a significant chunk of it – chapters even – in English translation.
Herein we commence the troubled labor of translating some of those pearls of wisdom from the treasury of Dugin’s “geopolitical poetry” he doesn’t really want Westerners to read. It will aptly demonstrate that Eurasianism or, which is completely the same, fourth political theory is intellectual food that can be consumed only after copious intake of alcoholic beverage.
I’ll venture a guess that no Western intellectual, newborn Amero-Orthodox Christian or alt righter can match Alexander Gelyevitch’s capacity for hard liquor intake which was required to write this dribble. No wonder he was obliged to spare them from having to go through the ordeal.
But there are other reasons, too. We’ll get back to that.
The amount of sheer lunacy is infectious and at a certain point it just isn’t funny anymore, so we’ll pick out only a few passages. The translation is from Serbian and it doesn’t closely follow the entire body of Dugin’s writing in the chapter at hand (he himself doesn’t seem to follow the order of his own writing, as strange as it may sound).
And if you were ever in doubt whether to support Kali Tribune or not – well, consider that going through Dugin’s stream of consciousness and rendering it into intelligible form for Westerners took it’s toll.
Eurasianism – Erotica of the People
(All passages are from Aleksandar Dugin, Četvrta politička teorija Mir publishing, Serbia: 2013.; chapter 11. Eurasianism (a political poem))
The first principle of the philosophy of Eurasia is erotic patriotism where the people steps forward as the absolute: Eurasian philosophy understands it as an ultimate value. But question immediately arises: what is “the people”? “The people” is love. (…)
The people gave us everything meaningful. It gave us culture, Russian word, thought-form, our homes, lands, therefore in the philosophy of Eurasianism “the people” is an absolute category. It is to be thought about when one raises from the bed in the morning. On waking up, one should say: “I’am Russian”. This should also be spoken before going to sleep – together with prayer, brushing the teeth, during the walk, etc. Only this one thing has significance.
Now he, the Russian, passes from one Russian state – waking state – into other Russian state – into Russian state of Sleep. This is how the Russian mental and corporal being of the entire immortal and infinite people sinks into sleep. This is what it means to “court the people”. It doesn’t mean to utter pure formality: “I love my people, I’m a patriot”. One should be intoxicated with his own people.
“Why?” – you ask. Because it is our people. It’s is such – therefore, we are such. We have no right to love ourselves as individuals. We should love ourselves through love towards the whole Russian people, through love towards “the Russiandom” in ourselves. Only such love uplifts, satisfies and bears fruit, all other acts of love are sterile. What we say of Russians, in certain sense, we can say about other peoples. (…)
Russian man is absolute to such an extent that we cannot comprehend the meaning of existence of other peoples. (sic!) “If they are not Russians, who are they then?” – we really do mean this. If we happen to meet some merry, extraordinary, say: Arab – the one who likes to take a sip or two from the bottle, loves a drink, that is – it’s enough to see one: “There goes a good man.” Of course he’s the Russian.
The boundaries of the people – geopolitics of luv’
Where the people end? We can pose this philosophical question if we move away from the thought that it is boundless, and observe harsh reality, inquiring about the boundary of the people. But this is not simple. Everything oozes with natural feeling that “the people” is boundless and has no end. Our people are, of course, boundless; as for others – we don’t know that, we can’t say for sure … yet, if we are to go into scholasticism: where does the people end? There where the other people begins. Where does the love end? There where the other love commences. (…)
We cannot comprehend “non-love”. There’s no world without love. (…) Therefore where love ends, there begins the other love.
Where does the people end? There where the other people begins. Although, from the Russian standpoint – Russian people being infinite – “the people” (Russian people, that is, KT) has no end. (…)
4th political theory epistemology – ignorance is strength
We are unable even to understand ourselves – therein lies our greatness
Therefore, first and major point of philosophy of Eurasianism is the following: the people is the absolute. Hence, if someone asks you what is Eurasianism, calmly reply: “It is an absolute love towards one’s own people, the love of love, conceiving the people as the ultimate value. There’s nothing higher than our people.” The others, we simply can’t comprehend. We can’t discern them. We’re unable to understand, to clearly identify the others. There are other peoples able to comprehend the others, but we are not one of those. We are unable even to understand ourselves. We are simply the people. And that’s it.
The living space – saving the squirrel of Eurasia
Russian Empire and Soviet Union were living realities. Both of them, ultimate forms of life (…) What we have after the dissolution of Soviet Union – that’s not a living thing, it simply a spatial simulacrum, and it will die. Take the squirrel, cut off it’s two paws and then observe what it’ll do. It won’t be able to reach the nuts and it’ll die (“sob … sob … stop it Alexander, please …”, KT), the same way the whole post-Soviet state model will die. Before we start dividing territories we should ask: “And you – lands, rivers, bays, forests, marshes – do you want to enter nezalezhna Ukraina or not?” Referenda’s should not be organized for dumbass people in front of their TV sets – for those ridiculous people, a veritable idiots, who have no historical responsibility. We should ask the torrents, the mountains, the waters, the rains. Let them vote. We should consider what sort of referenda to offer to torrents so they could give their opinion on major issues.
Spirit of the land – Eurasianism can diagnose and cure identity crisis in geological formations
In Srbija in 1992. I met a detachment of Serbs and by that time Serbia was already betrayed by all. When we stopped I asked them:
“Where are you going and why?
We are going to take that mountain there.
What you need that mountain for, there’s nothing there, or is it maybe a strategically important site?
No, it’s not, there’s nothing there (Empire of Dasein, KT), neither water nor electricity but that’s our, Serbian, mountain”
Why they went there? One could think: fools, funny people. Don’t they realize that living is beautiful – you can eat, sleep, walk, read, chase off mosquito (???, KT)? But they are investing their own lives into mountain, because mountain called on them. It said:”Boys come here, come. I need your deaths. I need your fiery Serbian blood to wash my slopes. The mountain spoke, and they understood its call. That’s righteous and that’s no insanity (it’s probably an eurasianity, KT)
No one needs that mountain but it’s a Serbian mountain (although it is in Croatia, as no military engagements before NATO intervention were happening in Serbia, only adding an insult to injury to poor mountain which was already suffering from identity crisis, KT). All Serbs understand this. (…) They say: “that mountain is a part of our collective, it’s our comrade, it’s called so-and-so, and we are going to help it” (tough luck, it’s still in Croatia, KT)
Therefore, the other element of Eurasian philosophy is the spirit of the land, the faith in the spirit of the land, reverence for the spirit of the land, dialogue with the spirit of the land, cult of the spirit of the land (Un-Ortho-doxy, KT)
Transcendental argument of Eurasia
(…) Everything the Eurasianism talks about is the absolute truth and it should be accepted uncritically. It should be accepted and repeated. (…)
Eurasia and Europe – tough love
The Europe for Eurasians is absolutely negative category which can be known and loved as one could love, for example, damned souls in Hell. (…) So we can love Europe as we can love alien incurable sick men, lepers, hoodlums, villains, scoundrels. We can love it, but that’s a special, Eurasian, kind of love (tough love, no doubt, KT)
And on and on he goes … the penetration of Europa, the people (Narod) making love to itself, Russia as an ontological given, the absolute Fatherland … the Eternal East … the deep wells of the Western exile …
Lunacy, drunken delirium (very possibly literal) of sexually charged emotions towards geographical formations, Heidegger, Logos …
And, of course, don’t forget the Chaos.
Because that’s what this all is. And I won’t waste any more time and space on it save for the sake of those people in the West who want to take a vaccine or an antidote for Duginitis chronica. They can email me with questions about the subject.
So to conclude: Dugin is a nutcase with some backing from Russian high politics and finance. He doesn’t translate his books in English in their entirety because he and his minions are well aware that anyone with an ounce of brains would figure them out as dangerous lunatics – or Eurasianists, which amounts to same. The Fourth Political Theory in it’s Westernized version is not the same as the original – the former, of which I already wrote, is an exercise in philosophy of LHP Satanism, apparently calculated to appeal to some people on the Western Right – while the later is an exercise in warped Russian nationalism, driven to very metaphysical extremes Nationalism can reach, and also an exercise in philosophy of LHP Satanism.
The other Dugin’s books, like Elements of Geopolitics contain some concrete aims and policies their author would like to see implemented against the West. Suffice it to say that if he would like Elements to be translated in English and find amiable readers, he would have to ditch all the text save the front cover and impressum.
We’ll revisit this saner, or better to say “colder”, aspects of Dugin’s totalitarian nihilism in the future. However, only in the context of his place in the general currents of chaos oriented politics of the age – that is, together with some of his Western cousins with whom he shares a passionate love for Chaos (Albeit, they generally don’t share his erotic sentiments towards geological formations).
Revel in it if you like or denounce it. There’s no third option.
Finally, I just want to point out that Alexander Dugin is a lunatic and anybody taking him as a relevant source of learning anything other than how to justify and perform a sociopath crime on mass scale is either duped or a lunatic too. The face he shows you when you read him in English or watch his lectures is not his only face.
And I’m frankly astonished that I have to point this out to the audience of grown up men and women, namely the fact that talking head one is listening to could be a two-faced liar who is laughing at him when he looks the other way.
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