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Malcolm Bull: America’s Heidegger, 20 October 2016

Ponderings II-VI: Black Notebooks, 1931-38 
by Martin Heidegger, translated by Richard Rojcewicz.
Indiana, 388 pp., £50, June 2016, 978 0 253 02067 3
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... of a Heideggerian Trump has already been raised by the endorsement Trump received from Alexander Dugin, the Russian occultist and political theorist sometimes referred to as ‘Putin’s Rasputin’. Dugin, unlike conventional Heidegger scholars, recognises Heidegger’s work from the mid to late 1930s (represented by such ...

It’s him, Eddie

Gary Indiana: Carrère’s Limonov, 23 October 2014

Limonov: A Novel 
by Emmanuel Carrère, translated by John Lambert.
Allen Lane, 340 pp., £20, October 2014, 978 1 84614 820 0
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... sexes whose dream date is Charles Manson. With the self-avowed fascist ‘visionary’ Aleksandr Dugin, Limonov founds the National Bolshevik Party, an amalgam of Nazi mysticism, nostalgia for the USSR in the 1930s and anarchist incoherence. He inserts himself in the Chechen war, in pro-Russian agitation in the Baltics. Arrested during a field trip ‘to ...

Populism and the People

Jan-Werner Müller, 23 May 2019

... Putin? The intellectual power behind the throne is the ‘Eurasianist’ philosopher Alexander Dugin, talked up by Western pundits as ‘the most dangerous philosopher in the world’. Bolsonaro? Study Olavo de Carvalho, self-taught Brazilian philosopher, former astrologer and chain-smoking conspiracy theorist. Even now, we are told that the man to watch ...

Imitation Democracy

Perry Anderson: Post-Communist States, 27 August 2015

... against appropriation of the term in the neo-imperial fantasies of Russian conservatives like Dugin or Prokhanov. But it also came from the difficulty of squaring a problematic so single-mindedly centred on the requirements and hopes of democracy as an internal regime, with the implications for them of the external coexistence of states of vastly ...

Russia’s Managed Democracy

Perry Anderson: Why Putin?, 25 January 2007

... tsar’s children themselves. These are fictions. The polyglot intelligence specialist Aleksandr Dugin’s Foundations of Geopolitics draws on Carl Schmitt and Halford Mackinder to counterpose powers of the sea (the Atlantic world centred on the US) to powers of the land, stretching from the Maghreb to China, but centred on Russia, as their natural ...

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