Archive for August, 2022

Ukrainian terrorists assassinate daughter of Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin


On Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Odintsov neighborhood of Bolshaya Vyaz’ma, near Moscow, a car bomb planted under the driver’s seat took away the life of journalist Darya Dugina, 29, daughter of Russian philosopher and politologist Alexander Dugin. The bomb was planted by Ukrainian citizen Natalya Vovk, born in 1979, who had arrived in Russia on July 23 together with her daugher Sofia Shaban. They had rented an apartment in the building where Dugina lived and followed her around in a Mini Cooper under three different license plates: from Donetsk, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. The day of the terrorist attack Vovk and her daughter were present at the festival “Tradition” attended by Alexander Dugin and his daughter. After triggering the explosive device, the two fled via Pskov to Estonia. Alexander Dugin was following Darya in another car and witnessed the explosion. He is now in a hospital, being treated for psychological trauma. He and his daughter were very close and worked closely together on various projects.

Although Western media hacks rushed to call Dugin “Putin’s advisor” or “Russian nationalist” or any number of other nonsense epithets, that’s just the usual Western media nonsense. Dugin is a philosopher and, being rather controversial, is not in any sense close to the Kremlin. He has produced a very impressive body of work and it may be a bad idea to summarize it in just a few sentences, but I’ll try.

The specifics of the Russian state have to do with the vast Eurasian landscape and are independent of ethnology, religion, economics or ideology and require for its preservation a single strong leader whose power rests on the approval of a vast, conservative, locally self-governing, patriotic majority. When Russia had such leadership, especially under Prince Vladimir [~915-1015], Ivan IV the Terrible [1530-1584], Peter I the Great [1672-1725], Joseph Stalin and now under Vladimir Putin, its realm expanded rapidly. Even under not so great leaders, it grew steadily because its model of governance, with an authoritative center safeguarding the interests of far-flung communities large and small regardless of ethnicity, language or religion, gradually gained adherents among neighboring populations based on the principle of self-evident ethnic complementarity. The two counterexamples of massive incompetence are Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, who brought Russia to the brink of economic collapse and political dissolution. Following the passing of America’s unipolar moment a decade or so ago, Russia has been steadily expanding its reach and stands an excellent chance of joining other great nations of Eurasia in forming a Eurasian center of power that will cast off the burden of external control and exploitation by Western nations. Dugin sees Moscow as the Third Rome and the inheritor of both the Eastern Roman Empire and the Mongol Empire. He is a Russian patriot but calling him a nationalist is pure nonsense since Russia is not a nation but a federation of many nations.

As seems usual with the Ukrainians, the heinous act of assassinating Dugin’s daughter was for them a potently self-destructive act. Before this event, Dugin labored in relative obscurity and his ideas were widely known in rather narrow circles and considered controversial. But now his name is everywhere and tens of millions of people are looking him up and studying his work. His daughter’s martyrdom has elevated her, and him, to the status of national heroes and how their names, and his work, will live on forever.

The Ukrainians could hardly have done more to advance the cause of Eurasian sovereignty and to hasten the demise of their still-born, foreign-controlled fake mono-ethnic nationalist clan. Assassinating the daughter of a philosopher is an act of Ukrainian national humiliation and its leaders, who ordered the hit, will now wallow in perpetual ignominy and shame.

How to Oppose Unhealthy Narratives


One of the mainstay techniques of contemporary psychological warfare is through the enforced use of narratives. A narrative sets out a set of definitions which then serve as reality-filters: any step off the narrow path these definitions provide is regarded as automatically offensive and requiring disciplinary action, while disputing the accuracy of these definitions is as pointless as disputing geometric axioms. Some narratives amount to hate speech and as such can be opposed through legal means as extremist, for promoting social division and strife. Others are based on a sort of false moralizing, appealing to our better natures and berating and seeking to punish those who refuse to go along with the program.

Such narratives are difficult to oppose because those who try to oppose them often make one and the same fatal mistake: they attempt to fight the narrative within its confines and its definitions. But the moment you accept the terminology of the narrative you become its prisoner. From that point on any struggle to free yourself from it becomes futile. The correct approach is to deprive the narrative of all of its validity by refusing to accept its key terms. Let us work through a few examples.

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Absolutely Horrible Things


This is about the worst possible time to be a Ukrainian Nazi. I hate to have to bring them up again and again. Luckily, I won’t have to keep doing so for much longer: they are going extinct rather rapidly. But while they are doing so, truly horrible things are going on. To recap, the purpose of Russia’s Special Military Operation in the Ukraine, is demilitarization and denazification of the Ukraine… and providing security to Donetsk and Lugansk regions… and Kherson region, and Zaporozhye, and Kharkov, and Nikolaev… and Odessa… and then holding referenda in any and all of the above on them joining the Russian Federation. Call it mission creep. But it’s the right kind of mission creep from the Russian perspective: Russia’s borders are creeping in the right direction and encompassing more and more of the historically Russian lands. These were part of the Wild Field first settled by Russians under Catherine the Great, putting an end to foreign incursions by Poles and Turks and raids by nomadic tribesmen.

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House Renovation Made Complicated


It is late summer here in the Russian countryside. The nights are getting a bit chilly but the days are pleasantly warm. Bikini-clad women stroll around in the gardens bending down to the garden beds to pick newly ripened cucumbers and other fresh produce. Apples are ripening, berries are ready for the picking and the potato fields out back are full of delicious fresh spuds. Further west people may be courting disaster in any number of ways, but I am taking a break from writing about any of that (though observing it all from a safe distance with a great deal of concern). Instead, I am busying myself with setting up a country estate of sorts in the sunny and hospitable Republic of Karelia, in its southernmost section, located between Lake Ladoga (Europe’s largest lake) and the Finnish border.

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Summer Boating


No matter what is happening in the wide world of mice and men, if summer weather is nice enough, it is time to go boating. Previously, I have sailed the wine-dark seas of the Eastern Seaboard of the US and the rivers and the canals of the Intracoastal Waterway in several seaworthy craft. But now I find myself next to a rather small river. It is shallow, strewn with rocks and boulders left over from previous ice ages, overgrown with pond scum and water lilies and with patches of white water alternating with smooth, with large shallow sections alternating with deep, wide sections. In some places the current is too swift for any rowboat to match; in others is it so sluggish as to be barely perceptible. And so I built a boat for just such a river.

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