I have taken to calling Vladimir Putin’s Russia the Fascist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Here’s why:
The Eurasian ideology draws an entirely different lesson from the twentieth century. Founded around 2001 by the Russian political scientist Aleksandr Dugin, it proposes the realization of National Bolshevism. Rather than rejecting totalitarian ideologies, Eurasianism calls upon politicians of the twenty-first century to draw what is useful from both fascism and Stalinism. Dugin’s major work, The Foundations of Geopolitics, published in 1997, follows closely the ideas of Carl Schmitt, the leading Nazi political theorist. Eurasianism is not only the ideological source of the Eurasian Union, it is also the creed of a number of people in the Putin administration, and the moving force of a rather active far-right Russian youth movement.
The same old monsters keep slouching towards Bethlehem to be born. And, as the Duke of Wellington once said, we’ll have to keep defeating them in the same old way.
Do read the whole thing. It’s something you need to be aware of in the happy fantasy of Obamaland Forever.